The Larry Sanders Show

Ellen, or Isn't She?

  • Season 5
  • , Episode 4  | 
  • Aired: 12/11/1996
    • Length: 20:51
    • Plays: ???
Synopsis >

After reviewing the budget with Larry before taking the show out of town, Arthur asks Beverly to put the confidential financial document securely back in his desk. Spotted making a copy of it for herself, Beverly is forced to share a list of staff salaries with Mary Lou. And before long, everyone has one. Meanwhile, over dinner to celebrate Arthur's birthday, Larry is asked to see if comic Ellen Degeneres will make a much anticipated and controversial announcement on his show. At Arthur's request, Larry agrees to ask Ellen during their dinner together if the main character on her hit television show is going to announce that she's gay. At Larry's house later that night, Ellen resists the suggestion. And rather than discuss her sexual orientation, she ends up spending the night with Larry. Meanwhile, as word about their salaries gets around, the staff suddenly turns against one another. Seeing the possibility of a big ratings coup, Arthur and Larry's agent hope Ellen will make her big announcement on the show. And though Larry is reluctant to force the issue, Stevie and Arthur insist. Meanwhile, seeing the staff in a constant state of bickering leads Arthur to conclude that Beverly let copies of the show's budget leak out. To bring it to an end, he orders her to start a rumor that's sure to take everyone's minds off their co-worker's salaries. Finally, when pressed to reveal an intimate detail about her private life on the show, Ellen takes Larry and everyone else by surprise when she announces that they slept together.

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