The Munsters/Herman the Great
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Herman the Great is the eighth episode of the first season of The Munsters, and the eighth episode overall.
Guest Stars: Ted Eccles (Wilbur Ramsey), John Hubbard (Duke Kamsey), The Great John L. (Genghis Cohen), Gene LeBell (Tarzan McGirk), Jimmy Lennon, Sr. (Himself), Tiger Joe Marsh (Referee), Joseph Mell (Hansen), Matt Murphy (Killer Conklin), Johnny Silver (Jerry), Billy Varga (Strangler Murphy), Jay S. York (Crusher Kowalski)
Herman Munster impresses Eddie's friend Wilbur by twisting a heavy steel rod into a knot. Wilbur brings it home to his father, Duke Ramsey, who is equally impressed. Duke is a professional wrestling promoter, and he gets the idea in his head of bringing someone of Herman's obvious strength onto his roster. He telephones Herman and offers him a job, telling him that he will pay him up to $200-$300 a week to wrestler professionally. Herman is nervous about what his friends and family might think, but Ramsey tells him that he will have him wear a hood and bill him as "The Masked Marvel". Having already had a lengthy discussion with Lily about saving money for Eddie's college fund, Herman agrees to take the job. However, he doesn't want anyone else to know what he is actually doing. Herman begins training in Grandpa's laboratory. The sound of him punching the weight bag causes the entire house to shake. Grandpa goes downstairs and finagles Herman into telling him the truth about his new job.
Herman makes his first public appearance as The Masked Marvel. Whenever he gets into the ring however, his opponent gives him a sob story about how much he needs the money from a victory in order to help out some impoverished family relation. Being a good guy at heart, Herman cannot bring himself to harm the man's career, so he lets him win the match. This pattern continues with each successive opponent, who all in turn, play to Herman's sympathies, thus manipulating him into letting them beat him.
At home, Grandpa puts on the TV set and the whole family sit down to watch wrestling. Only Grandpa knows that The Masked Marvel is actually Herman. Lily, Eddie and Marilyn immediately take a disliking to the masked athlete, calling him a bully and an oaf.
Herman's losing streak begins to cost him his reputation with Duke Ramsey. In order to drive up the spectacle, he puts together an exhibition bout in which any amateur from the audience will be awarded fifty dollars for every minute they can remain in the ring with The Masked Marvel. An unscrupulous promoter named Hansen convinces a suspended wrestler named "Strangler" Murphy to enter the contest as an amateur under an assumed name. Hansen guarantees him a win by pledging to drug Herman's drinking water with sleeping pills.
Although groggy, Herman makes a strong showing during the match, but Murphy still maintains an edge over him. Grandpa is present at the arena this time and is sitting next to Hansen. Hansen lets it slip that Murphy is a ringer, so Grandpa does a little "hocus pocus" to turn the tables on him, allowing Herman to win the match. Back at home, Lily, Eddie and Marilyn watch the match. When they see Grandpa on-camera, they realize that The Masked Marvel is actually Herman. Suddenly, a fire breaks out in the back of the arena. Duke Ramsey tells Herman that he needs him to help clear the room. Herman removes his mask and begins making a request of the audience. Seeing his true face terrorizes them and the entire arena empties within seconds. In recognition of his good deed, Herman is given a $1,000 cash reward. He puts it directly towards Eddie's college fund, but promises his family that he is now through with wrestling.
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