Before They Were Stars: Matthew Perry in a Pacific Bell Commercial

In 1987, a young Matthew Perry appeared in this commercial for Pacific Bell, which introduces a mind-blowing technological feature known as *gasp* call waiting! Perry’s father gets into a car accident and doesn’t have his driver’s license on him, so he tries calling home for help, but keeps getting a busy signal because his no-good teenage son is hogging the phone. Man, how did households function with only phone line? The technology in this commercial seems so outdated now that the father’s car might as well have been a Model T.

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