"The Gymnast Show" (alternately titled: "The Gymnast") is the tenth episode of the eighth season of Laverne & Shirley; it was also the 166th overall series episode. Written by Monica Johnson, the episode, which was directed by Tom Trbovich, aired for the first time on ABC-TV on December 14, 1982.
Laverne discovers she resembles a circus aerialist's partner, whom he blames for a serious trapeze accident.
A once famous gymnast takes a shine to Laverne but Laverne sees a glaring truth (and danger) that she may be just a replacement for his former love and partner, whose picture she finds at his place.
- Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio
- Phil Foster as Frank DeFazio
- Michael McKean as Lenny Kosnowski
- David L. Lander as Squiggy Squiggman
- Eddie Mekka as Carmine Ragusa
- Leslie Easterbrook as Rhonda Lee