18 January 1975
George wants to hire a maid for his new luxury apartment, but Louise, having worked as a maid herself for many years, doesn't feel comfortable with the idea.
25 January 1975
Talk of ancestry doesn't interest George, who believes the past should remain in the past - until he learns that he was descended from African royalty.
1 February 1975
Ever since Florence was hired as the maid for the Jeffersons, Louise's life has been the same old routine and wishes for a change. She therefore is interviewed by a businessman who invites her to work for him. Initially Louise feels upbeat about work, but realizes her new boss is the business rival of George!
8 February 1975
Lionel spends time with high-society people at a party, thinking that he is "making it to the top." Therefore, he threatens to quit school indefinitely, much to the dismay of Louise.
15 February 1975
George likes the idea of boosting his classy ans luxurious image, so he asks Louise to purchase a piano for their home, despite knowing that no one around can play one. George later becomes positive the piano will impress Mr. Whittendale, a wealthy banker whom he always wanted to meet, but due to Florence's impudent behavior, the piano purchased turns out to be far too big for the apartment.
22 February 1975
George's old friend, Monk Davis, pays him a visit, demanding hush money George has been paying him for years to keep a crime the two committed a secret from Louise and Lionel.
1 March 1975
Louise's Uncle Ward visits the Jeffersons, but George derisively refers to him as an "Uncle Tom" for having worked as a butler for many years.
8 March 1975
Louise tells George that his mother and her boyfriend of two weeks are thinking about marrying and moving to Florida. George thinks that the man is a fortune-hunter trying to go through Mother Jefferson to get George's money.
15 March 1975
Publicity-seeker George learns a newspaper reporter is planning a series of articles on successful African-American businessmen. However, George decision to invite the reporter to a party backfires on him when the reporter finds far more interesting subjects to write about ... in the Willises and Mr. Bentley.
22 March 1975
Goerge comes home with an ulcer, and in order for him to feel normal and healthy again, Louise is advised to take every one of his wishes as her command.
29 March 1975
Two last-minute invitations collide: George invites business magnate Coleman Harris to dinner on the same night that Louise invites their earthy former neighbors Roy & Natalie Simms.
5 April 1975
When Lionel comes on like his father, sparks start flying between him and Jenny. George makes matters worse by touching off fireworks between Jenny's parents, Tom and Helen.
12 April 1975
Jenny gives her brother an ice-cold reception when he suddenly appears after a two-year absence. George is the only one who understands Jenny's strange behavior and, unfortunately, he makes no bones about saying so.
13 September 1975
It is Harry Bentley's birthday, and the Jeffersons have invited him and the Willises over for a dinner party. But the occasion turns sour when Tom shows up wearing the same tuxedo as George, causing George to become jealous. Meanwhile, Helen is trying to hide the fact that she was mugged a few days earlier, and if Tom knows about this he will surely move his family out of New York City.
20 September 1975
George and Louise decide to take a cruise for their first-ever vacation, but then have to figure out how to tell Mother Jefferson that she's not invited.
27 September 1975
A young woman shows up at the Jeffersons' doorstep, claiming that she is Louise's long-lost daughter. Louise and George deny her claims, but Mother Jefferson brings up the disturbing news that Louise dated a man years ago - when George was at Korea.
4 October 1975
Harry Bentley's new girlfriend Daphne appears to be insinuating her way into his life, much to his chagrin. Meanwhile, George plots to bribe the building inspector.
11 October 1975
Upset that she is not being paid attention to by George, Louise and Lionel during a visit at their apartment, Mother Jeffersons fakes a fall to garner attention.
18 October 1975
George and Louise's anniversary bicycle ride leads to a minor collision and a legal summons for George. But Louise insists on telling the truth rather than corroborating George's ethically shaky account of the incident.
25 October 1975
Mother Jefferson is upset over an encounter with an elevator masher, who turns out to be Tom Willis' elderly Uncle Bertram, a retired firefighter in town to visit his relatives.
1 November 1975
George feels that his fortunes are taking a turn for the worse when his business is making less profit and his banker won't return his calls.
8 November 1975
George is all excited about being invited to speak in front of some youths at what he believes to be a college concerning his success, that is until he discovers the place he is to speak at is in Harlem, in the neighborhood where they used to live, to a gang which Lionel used to run with as a teen. Later, George's fears are justified when his delivery van is looted by the gang. Charles, a social worker, and Lionel, who is able to retrieve the van from George the gang's leader, Ronnie, a buddy of Lionel's when they lived in the old neighborhood, are both finally able to persuade George into speaking to the youths.
15 November 1975
Jenny's stubborn grandfathers won't set foot in the Willis apartment because of Tom and Helen's mixed marriage, so Jenny and Louise try to orchestrate a meeting on neutral ground - in the Jefferson apartment. But how will George react?
22 November 1975
George's Navy pal, Wendell Brown, pays him a visit. However, Wendell is more interested in getting fresh with Louise than in reminiscing old times with George.
29 November 1975
When the manager of one of George's stores quits, longtime employee Emily campaigns to replace him. But George shows his male chauvinism by refusing to consider her because she is a female.
6 December 1975
During a severe snowstorm, Lionel accidentally dented George's company van; however, he would not tell him because Lionel took the van without his father's permission. Unfortunately, George thinks that he himself dented the van due to a hit and run he thinks he caused.
13 December 1975
Mother Jefferson expects George to take her to their monthly lunch date, to the dismay of Louise because she wants George to accompany her to a family friend's funeral on the same day.
20 December 1975
When George finds out that Lionel turned down a well-paying engineering job, he hits the roof. The resulting late-night argument expands to Tom and Helen Willis' apartment upstairs.
3 January 1976
Lionel comes home in a fury and informs his parents that his English professor is forcing him to rewrite a term paper and make it flawless - or else he will get a failing grade and therefore cannot graduate. George, wanting to see his son be the first Jefferson to graduate college, pays a freelance writer to write that term paper instead and expects Lionel to just turn that one in. While the Willises and Louise thinks that is a bad idea, Lionel likes it, and this results in an argument between the two families and soon a break-up.
10 January 1976
Three days have passed after the Jeffersons and the Willises have broken up, and George is the only one happy about the present situation. He later meets a foxy lady at his cleaning store and decides to invite her to meet Lionel - a clear attempt to make sure Lionel and Jenny will separate for good. Unfortunately, George, despite Bentley's warning, is oblivious to the fact that the lady is a "working girl."
24 January 1976
Florence shows out-of-character actions one day, including cleaning the Jeffersons' entire apartment without griping and giving Louise a prized possession of hers. As a result, Louise suspects that Florence is contemplating suicide.
31 January 1976
Mother Jefferson visits George, Louise and Lionel on her birthday, expecting them to throw her a surprise party. However, after they realized they've forgotten about the big day, George, Louise and Lionel scramble to find the surprise Mother Jefferson is anxiously waiting for.
7 February 1976
To George's disgruntlement, Louise is offered to write a cookbook.
14 February 1976
George and Louise accepted an invitation to dinner with Harry Bentley and his sister; however, George realized at the last minute he got invited to a party hosted by Mr. Whittendale. Therefore, he wants to blow off the engagement with Bentley and attend Whittendale's gathering instead.
21 February 1976
Lionel becomes drunk on his graduation day, fearing that he will not live up to being as successful as his father.
28 February 1976
George accepts Judge Markel's invitation to join the all-white Windsor Tennis Club for networking purposes, then finds out he was only invited to be the club's "token minority" and appease the local media.
6 March 1976
George and Louise plan to renew their wedding vows. But then George shows his male chauvinism and enrages Louise by failing to treat her as an equal partner in their marriage.
25 September 1976
In order to drum up business during the American Bicentennial, George claims to be a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.
2 October 1976
After Florence has been evicted from her apartment (which is scheduled to be torn down), Louise allows her to move in. Big problem....George, who is tired of Florence's sass, has not been consulted on the matter.
9 October 1976
George is opening a new store. But his strange behavior, coupled with Louise jumping to conclusions about a love letter sent to Harry Bentley, lead her to think that George is actually committing adultery.
16 October 1976
On his first day at his new job, Lionel is expected to submit to a polygraph test and then quits because he feels the test is a violation of his privacy.
23 October 1976
George studies for his high school diploma after discovering that Lionel told his friends that his father graduated college with honors, hopefully to hide his shame.
30 October 1976
George is excited when a major corporation makes an offer to buy him out and keep him on as management. However, as part of the buyout, he must force a long-time employee and friend into early retirement.
10 November 1976
George and Louise are initially upset when Lionel announces he will be moving out. Their anger worsens when he announces that he'll be moving in with Jenny.
17 November 1976
While having a drink in Charlie's bar, George chokes on some popcorn. Tom leaves a neighboring table to perform the Heimlich maneuver and save George's life. But George isn't as grateful as he should be.
24 November 1976
Jenny's premarital jitters about whether or not she loves Lionel enough to marry him are put to the test when he, George, and Tom go to a football game and may have been seriously injured in a charter bus accident en route.
8 December 1976
After Bentley explains the concept of prenuptial agreements to George and Louise, George then suggests that Lionel talk Jenny into signing one. This leads to a rift between Lionel and Jenny.
15 December 1976
An argument over a "no guests" rule prompts Florence to quit her job.
22 December 1976
Lionel and Jenny plan to get married on Christmas, even though the minister they choose doesn't meet George's criteria for religious denomination or skin color.
5 January 1977
Despite trying to improve her memory, Louise forgets to call George's broker about a stock tip that George got from Ralph, and she's scared of how George will react. Meanwhile, Florence has an altercation with a fellow elevator passenger.
12 January 1977
Bentley is having issues from a grouchy man at the parking garage. George advices Bentley to be more aggressive with people during disagreements so that he doesn't always have to be pushed around. Bentley takes the suggestion, only to end up receiving a black eye. George taunts Bentley for being a coward, and Bentley decides to roughen up a little and punches a man's lights out. Bad news: the man is a police officer!
17 January 1977
Louise is concerned when George takes lessons to become an airplane pilot.
24 January 1977
One of the members of George's old street gang called "The Seven Saints" passes on. Upset that he has not kept in touch with his old friends, he invites the remaining members of his group over to his apartment for a reunion.
31 January 1977
George invites Frank Howard, a man he is hoping to do business with and who is in an interracial marriage, to his apartment to meet his "dear friends" Tom and Helen to prove to Frank that he is not prejudice towards interracial couples. However, when Tom and Helen walk out on George, he asks Florence to pose as Helen and Ralph to pose as Tom.
7 February 1977
When Lionel gets sick, Louise and Jenny fuss over who is responsible to take care of him.
21 February 1977
Tom & Helen have brought the romance back into their marriage. Louise now wants to try the same thing with George, who is reluctant to do the necessary work.
28 February 1977
Louise studies French in night school and befriends a tall, dark, handsome male classmate, leading George to feel jealous and suspect that the man wants more than just friendship from Louise.
7 March 1977
Mother Jefferson invites George's old girlfriend, Harriet Johnson, over to his apartment for dinner. Sensing the opportunity, Harriet wants George to keep her as her mistress.
21 March 1977
Jenny wins a summer scholarship to Oxford University and faces a three-month separation from Lionel, whose conflicting feelings about it lead to a disagreement among them and all four of their parents.
28 March 1977
George's ulterior motive for pledging money to open a Harlem youth center is to qualify for a community service award. But will he still make good on his pledge even if he loses the award to a competitor?
11 April 1977
Louise ,oddly,feels down after her 100% perfect physical exam. Meanwhile her loved ones are planning a surprise birthday party.
24 September 1977
George's celebration of opening Jefferson Cleaners' new corporate office is subdued when two crooks call, stating they have kidnapped Louise and demanding a $100,000 for her safe return.
24 September 1977
George and the others anxiously wait for the telephone call from the crooks who claimed they have kidnapped Louise, until she walks right into the apartment unscathed. Louise insists she never knew anything about kidnappers, and while everyone breathes a sigh of relief, there's one more question: Where is Florence?
1 October 1977
George is excited when he learns that an old Navy pal is in town and wants him to stop by at his hotel for a visit. However his old pal, Eddie, has a big surprise for George; his name is now Edie and he has undergone a sex change operation. Meanwhile, confusion with Eddie's name leads Louise to believe that George is having an affair with a woman named Edie.
8 October 1977
George hires Marcus from Louise's youth center to work in one of the cleaning stores, but Marcus quickly steals an expensive suede jacket that belongs to one of George's best customers.
15 October 1977
To ensure that his legacy will be known for generations to come, George has a bust made out of his likeness.
22 October 1977
Louise is hoping that Fay Blanchard, the director of the Neighborhood Help Center, will appoint her as editor of the center's newsletter. However, when Fay meets Helen and is impressed with her credentials, she gives Helen the job instead.
29 October 1977
Florence receives unexpected visits from her parents, who have come to tell her that they have decided to divorce after decades of marriage.
5 November 1977
Marcus never got to go camping as a child. Louise persuades George to take him without realizing that Mother Jefferson is slated to come over. So George dumps his mother on Louise and takes Marcus camping.
12 November 1977
Louise is convinced that her marital stability rests on the presence of her wedding corsage inside a book. But when the corsage turns up missing, Louise's imagination runs wild.
19 November 1977
Louise's new interest involves doing office work at a museum. But when an archaeologist invites her on a weekend dig where they will be the only ones present, suspicions arise.
26 November 1977
Before a costume party, George tells Florence to spill grape juice on a prospective client's pirate suit so that George can substitute a duplicate suit and pretend it's the original suit cleaned in record time. But things go wrong.
3 December 1977
George feigns interest in horse-racing to impress client Curt Hendricks, who is charmed by Florence's insults to George and invites Florence to join him in Las Vegas for a weekend.
10 December 1977
Workaholic George neglects Louise, so Tom suggests that George hire a general manager to help ease the load. Florence coaches qualified applicant Clarence on how to schmooze with George and ace the interview.
17 December 1977
Marcus meets customer Natalie Parker at Jefferson's Cleaners and tells her he is George's son so she would date him. However, when Natalie meets George and tells him she is dating his son, George thinks Lionel is having an affair.
24 December 1977
At Christmastime, Louise discovers that George has been sending monthly payments to an address in Harlem.
7 January 1978
When the lease on the Jeffersons' apartment is going to expire, H.L. Whittendale is thinking about renting the apartment to close friends of his. Worried about losing their home, George and Louise invite Mr. Whittendale over for a drink and social hour, hoping to gain his friendship. However, the man they invited over turns out to be H.L.'s brother, R.S. Whittendale.
14 January 1978
When Lionel gets laid off from his job, George hires him to work in his office. However, Lionel turns out to be trouble when he started spending company money on material things like new furniture and employee blazers.
21 January 1978
During a city-wide blackout, George and Marcus make a trip to one of the cleaning stores in a bad part of town in order to prevent possible looting. But the mission goes from bad to worse.
28 January 1978
Florence and the other maids in the building decide to form a union. Louise supports the idea, but George opposes the idea because Mr. Whittendale does, too.
4 February 1978
As a publicity gimmick for his store, George tries to get President Carter to stay with him. After a phone call to the White House degenerates into an argument, George's comments are interpreted by the Secret Service as a threat to the President.
11 February 1978
Tom wants to start his own publishing firm but doesn't have collateral and asks George to cosign a loan. But after enduring another verbal battle with George, Helen finds out and vehemently objects.
18 February 1978
George and Louise's troublesome nephew, Raymond, comes to visit from Chicago.
25 February 1978
A burglar breaks into the Jeffersons' apartment and ties up George and Louise. As the burglar goes about his work, the couple are left to reminisce about their past. This episode includes clips from both "The Jeffersons" and "All in the Family."
25 February 1978
25 February 1978
4 March 1978
Jenny goes to the ghetto to write a thesis about gang violence. There, she meets a 12 year old boy who is already a veteran gang member.
20 September 1978
George hits the roof when he sees Louise's sketch of a nude male model she drew at Helen's art class.
27 September 1978
Tom's father dies and leaves a warehouse to Alan, with the specific condition that he may not sell it to anyone on his father's side of the family. Meanwhile, the Help Center can't afford a rent increase, and George's laundry presser has raised his prices.
4 October 1978
George invites Alan to come and stay in his apartment, not letting him know of his ulterior motive: getting the warehouse.
11 October 1978
George asks an old Navy buddy, Cornelius X. Mayflower, to help expedite the approval process for some necessary licenses for the Help Center.
18 October 1978
George dreams it's 1996 - his friends and his wife are commemorating the silver anniversary of his first store (and he now has twenty), but he's dead.
1 November 1978
George hires Roy Crandall, a former ventriloquist, as his new stockbroker. When his old stockbroker tells him that Roy spent time in a mental hospital, he regrets this and tries to stop Florence from going out with the man.
4 November 1978
Louise wants a celebrity to talk to the kids at the Help Center, so George suggests Billy Dee Williams, who is in town making a movie. He calls him up, pretending to be author Alex Haley, and asks Ralph to find a lookalike in case he can't get the real thing. Florence is excited at first, but when Ralph returns with the name of a celebrity lookalike agency, she assumes that the man coming to the apartment is an impersonator.
8 November 1978
George is up for a nomination as a member of the Board of Directors of his bank. When the Bank President's daughter takes an interest in Alan, he tries to keep them apart.
22 November 1978
George's cousin Dusty needs a new kidney, and since his brother Bob has diabetes, George is the closest possible match.
29 November 1978
Louise suffers amnesia following a bump to her head. George, Florence and their friends try to restore Weezie's memory by reenacting favorite and fun moments from her past.
13 December 1978
Harry Bentley is stuck with an insufferable lady houseguest and when George Jefferson volunteers to get him unstuck, he winds up sticking Bentley with something worse.
20 December 1978
George finds out a disturbing secret about his mother from his guardian during the Christmas holiday.
3 January 1979
George and friends want to surprise Louise after her sister Maxine, whom she hasn't seen in years, visits from Paris. However, when Louise sees her sister, she gets furious.
10 January 1979
When Louise finds out about a new clause in George's will, she almost gives him cause to use it.
24 January 1979
George's problems in the bedroom send him on a panicked search for solutions, from some of the most unlikely sources.
31 January 1979
Florence is quitting her job as the Jeffersons' maid when her new boyfriend, Buzz Thatcher, proposes to her. However, Louise is concerned that Florence is getting into a bad situation when she discovered that Buzz is controlling.
7 February 1979
Louise's donation to charity might win her a special award, if George's "donation" to a politician doesn't ruin her chances.
21 February 1979
Is it business or pleasure?
28 February 1979
George gets caught between his morals and his money when his efforts to increase his take on a business deal turn him into an unlikely neighborhood hero.
7 March 1979
The first casualty from George and Louise's vicious verbal battle could be the interviewer interested in their "perfect marriage."
28 March 1979
Louise's plan to spend more time with George backfires when he catches "disco fever" and goes dancing every night.
4 April 1979
Has Florence finally flipped?
11 April 1979
There's foul play afoot when George tries to duck out of celebrating his wedding anniversary with Louise and she tries to duck out of town to attend a convention.
18 April 1979
Cold spell heats up the house.
23 September 1979
Jenny reveals to her parents that she is pregnant; however, George and Louise are initially upset because they learned Jenny chose not to tell them.
30 September 1979
George is in ego heaven; he's been chosen as "The Midtown Small Businessman of the Year" -- but Louise soon discovers the group's shortcomings.
7 October 1979
Florence decides to impersonate Louise and the result is a three-ring circus. While Louise lingers, uncertain about keeping a 35-year-old "date" with her first boyfriend, Florence seizes the chance to be "Mrs. Jefferson" and keeps it herself.
21 October 1979
It's Halloween and everyone is dressing up as their favorite movie stars; but instead of treats it becomes a night of tricks when Louise witnesses a man dressed like a rabbit killing someone.
28 October 1979
While George and the others are gathered in the bar waiting for the costume contest to start; Louise has a face to face confrontation in her apartment with the killer rabbit who's now planning to make her his second victim.
4 November 1979
The discovery of an unfulfilled request in his father's will leads George on an unusual search into his forgotten past. George's attempt to grant his father's last request, to be buried next to his wife, is complicated by the 40 years that passed since th
11 November 1979
The Jeffersons and Willises are shocked when "expectant father" Lionel storms out of the apartment to pursue a boyhood dream. Lionel's mysterious actions make sense to no one except George -- who had spent a similar night of his own.
18 November 1979
George's big mouth and matching ego are hurriedly humbled when he is challenged to display his boxing ability. Having volunteered to help Marcus in the art of self-defense, George has a verbal, soon-to-be physical, run-in at the gym.
Season 6, Episode 9: Baby Love2 December 1979
All the preparations for Jenny's baby leave Florence wanting a child to bolster her own womanhood and sends her "husband hunting." Florence joins a dating club to find a man to help her start a family.
9 December 1979
Louise and Florence get into an argument over pettiness after Louise discovered an error in a plaque she had Florence take to an engraver.
30 December 1979
Louise is excited that a children's program sponsored by the Neighborhood Help Center is allowing her to have an orphan girl, Abby, stay with her for a week. However, when Abby acts like George after meeting him, Abby is sent back to the center.
6 January 1980
George's attempts to get out of a painting party at the Willises get him into plenty of trouble at a state mental hospital, where he goes crazy trying to convince everyone that he's sane. The only one who knows that George is being held by mistake is anot
13 January 1980
Louise is racked with guilt after one of the youths she is trying to help at the Neighborhood Help Center attempts suicide.
27 January 1980
When friends from Helen's high school days make Tom feel out of place in his own hone, he makes the mistake of turning to George for help.
3 February 1980
A squeamish George is drafted to help Jenny in her natural childbirth class -- but the trouble really starts after the class when Jenny goes into labor and George goes into hysterics, in the first of a special two-part story. The Jeffersons and Willises'
10 February 1980
The family has eagerly awaited the arrival of the newest Jefferson, but the baby may catch everyone off-guard as George frantically tries to get Jenny to the hospital while trying to get word to Lionel that his wife's in labor, in the conclusion of a two-
Season 6, Episode 17: The Shower17 February 1980
George brags he's found the perfect gift for Jenny and Lionel's baby shower, but fails to notice that what they really need can't be bought and packaged.
24 February 1980
The guys (George, Tom, and Lionel) are convinced taking care of a baby is child's play, but when the gals (Louise, Helen, Jenny, and Florence) leave newborn Jessica in their care, they soon discover it's a whole different ball game.
2 March 1980
It is George's 50th birthday and he thinks that none of his friends want to celebrate with him. However, Louise have secretly invited all of his friends to he apartment building for a surprise party.
9 March 1980
George and Louise have idyllic plans for their 30th anniversary until Louise's jealousy leaves George alone in the path of temptation.
Season 6, Episode 21: The Loan23 March 1980
Lionel's loan on a new home does not go through; therefore, George, Louise, Tom and Helen secretly go to the banker behind each other's backs to co-sign the loan.
30 March 1980
George puts his foot down to his landlord to gain more space for his cleaners, but only succeeds in stepping on a good friend. Everyone is up-in-arms when they hear their favorite hangout, Charley's Bar, is being forced out so someone can take over the sp
6 April 1980
Flashback of the Jeffersons before moving to Hauser Street. George is determined to open his own dry cleaners, but is at odds with both his banker's racist attitudes and Lionel's militancy. He and Louise encourage Dr. King's nonviolence.
13 April 1980
George, anxious to receive call from a banker about a loan for inflationary times, opts to stay and watch Jessica while the rest go to a costume party. To lull her to sleep, he spins a medieval tale of King George and Dark Knight Inflation.
2 November 1980
Tom and George compete in a marathon to see who's in better physical shape. But a careless remark sparks competition between Helen and Louise.
9 November 1980
George's doctor tells him that his blood pressure is too high and that he needs a vacation, while Tom and Helen are in Hawaii enjoying themselves enough to extend their stay for another week.
16 November 1980
George, Louise, and Florence arrive in Hawaii, where he hides his blood pressure problem and they meet up with Tom and Helen. A native Hawaiian romances Florence. A fellow businessman convinces George to think about relocating permanently.
16 November 1980
George, Louise, Helen, and Tom take part in a Polynesian show, but George leaves early to meet with someone about an oceanfront condominium deal. He then tries to interest Louise in a permanent relocation and is very friendly with Tom.
23 November 1980
George and Tom are washed ashore during an angry storm.
Season 7, Episode 6: Put It On30 November 1980
Helen and Jenny talk Louise into a girls' night out at a local strip club. But Tom and George disapprove and go after them - with unexpected results.
7 December 1980
Florence swallows her pride and borrows money from George when her shady cousin Ernie claims to need $1000 to buy a record store and turn his life around.
21 December 1980
While playing Santa Claus at the Help Center, George promises to get ten-year-old orphan Billy his desired Christmas present: a pair of parents.
4 January 1981
Against Lionel and Jenny's wishes, George and Louise enter Jessica in a baby contest - and misplace her in the process.
11 January 1981
The cast spoofs the "Who Shot J.R." episode of Dallas when Florence writes a soap opera spoof centering on a ruthless dry cleaning tycoon who mistreats everyone in his orbit and even goads someone into doing him an injury.
18 January 1981
George wants to appear on a patriotic-themed TV show to publicize his community involvement, until he meets the host: an obnoxious, flag-waving, xenophobic bigot.
Season 7, Episode 12: Alley Oops25 January 1981
George and his business rival Cunningham are also rivals on their respective company bowling teams. So when George's best bowler can't make it, Tom Willis volunteers to substitute.
1 February 1981
When The Jeffersons' new furniture for their living and dining room arrives, one of the delivery men informs Weezie that the block of buildings she grew up around in Harlem - including the building she lived in - will be demolished for new development. She then visits her old, abandoned apartment there one last time, while thinking about some of the times she spent there.
15 February 1981
George attends a meeting that he wrongly assumes is dealing with crime in the building - it turns out to be an attempt to recruit members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Season 7, Episode 15: My Hero22 February 1981
George tells Louise, Helen and Florence that he rescued an old lady from a robbery attempt by fighting off the perpetrator. However, when George learns that the criminal escaped from the police, George becomes frightened and confesses to Louise that he embellished on the story; the robbery was actually averted when George accidentally slipped on a banana peel and crashed into the criminal.
1 March 1981
George forgets Valentine's Day, angers Louise by handing her cash instead, and then tries to mollify her by persuading a local composer to write an original song for her.
8 March 1981
George pledges a fortune to an exclusive men's club that he wants to join.
15 March 1981
George tells his rude and classless employee, Wendell, to come up to his apartment, where George plans to fire him. However, while George is talking, Wendell collapses on the sofa and dies of a stroke.
29 March 1981
George woos hotel magnate Arthur Claymore to get his business. But Claymore offers Florence a well-paying executive job that includes awarding dry cleaning contracts. So George selfishly tries to persuade her to accept the job.
29 March 1981
In her new job with Arthur Claymore, Florence has to placate snotty manager Lyle Block by firing one of the maids for both goldbricking and stealing customers' tips from her colleagues.
4 October 1981
With a young daughter and a job offer waiting in Japan, times should be happy for Lionel and Jenny Jefferson. But they're far from happy; in fact, they're so happy they've agreed to a separation. This sets none to well with the Jeffersons or the Willises, who are determined to get at the root of the matter ... or in George's case, meddle to the point where they have to get back together.
11 October 1981
George's plan for getting unhappy spouses Lionel and Jenny back together: Hiring a marriage counselor and tricking his son and daughter-in-law to the apartment to an involuntary counseling session.
18 October 1981
A newspaper article reveals that a man with the same name as Louise's father thwarted a crime. Since the man's picture and name are similar to those of Louise's presumed-dead father, George investigates.
25 October 1981
George and Louise decide that they need a new maid to replace Florence. But each one hires an applicant without consulting the other first.
1 November 1981
George feels down due to a mid-life crisis, so Louise tries to cheer him up by sending him flowers with a seductive anonymous note attached. George concludes that his bookkeeper Carol sent the flowers and is in love with him.
8 November 1981
The Claymore Hotel burns down and leaves Florence unemployed, so she returns to ask for her old job back without realizing that Carmen has been hired to replace her.
15 November 1981
29 November 1981
A near-death experience prompts George to work toward ensuring that his life and work inspire others, so he decides to write his autobiography - until a casual remark from Tom Willis gives him an even more pompous idea.
6 December 1981
On Louise's birthday, George announces plans to build another store - by knocking down a playground used by the kids from the Help Center where Louise works.
20 December 1981
George notices that Louise has been writing in her diary every night and, suspicious she might be hiding something, attempts to read it while Louise is away at work.
27 December 1981
When George is denied an invite to a party attended by social-climbers because the host hates his guts, he goes to great lengths to take charm lessons and become more personable.
3 January 1982
New neighbor Sammy Gilson the songwriter is upset and creatively blocked due to marital woes, so George tries to cheer him up but has an ulterior motive: he wants Sammy to write a winning publicity jingle for Jefferson Cleaners.
Season 8, Episode 13: I Spy17 January 1982
Self-absorbed Tom has been neglecting Helen, who has a business luncheon with a male colleague. George sees Helen with the other man, assumes she is cheating on Tom, and sets off a misunderstanding.
Season 8, Episode 14: Dog Gone24 January 1982
George tries to curry favor with Whittendale by dog-sitting his wife's vicious canine, but sabotages his own efforts by playing fetch carelessly, and then scrambles to explain the unintended outcome.
31 January 1982
One of George's stores in Brooklyn catches fire and is heavily damaged. When faulty wiring is suspected, Tom encourages him to file an insurance claim and hold the man responsible for the bad wiring. Bad news: Lionel installed the wiring!
7 February 1982
Preparations are underway for Jessica's baptism, so George jettisons Florence's gospel singers and impersonates a minister to recruit Andrae Crouch to officiate at the ceremony.
21 February 1982
Lionel and Jenny's apartment is burglarized and looted. George worries that the crime wave will spread to his "deluxe apartment in the sky" and is determined to buy some insurance ... in the form of a gun. Louise totally objects, and is outraged when George goes behind her back to buy one. George finally realizes that a gun is a dangerous investment when little Jessica accidentally fires it and barely avoids shooting herself.
7 March 1982
George and Tom raises their wives' ire by promoting their businesses in a chauvinist fashion, so Louise and Helen walk out on them for a week to punish them for their mistakes.
14 March 1982
The Jeffersons' and Willises plan a surprise party for Florence, but their cover story hurts her feelings so badly that she skips the event and commiserates with Ralph over their mutual lowly-servant status.
21 March 1982
One of the delivery boys at Jefferson Cleaners is robbed at gunpoint by a street gang ... made up entirely of female hoods. When George goes to confront the female gangsters, they easily subdue him and then stab him. While he is writhing in pain on the sidewalk, the girls help themselves to Louise's ring George was taking to have reset as an anniversary gift.
28 March 1982
It turns out that George is OK and will recover, but while recuperating, he contemplates a plan to get Louise's ring back from The Strays (the all-female gang whose members nearly killed George), despite her objections. George decides to hatch his plan for revenge anyway, knowing full well that the consequences could be far more severe.
11 April 1982
A record company talent scout hears Florence sing in church and offers her a chance to cut an album. But George gets suspicious and thinks the man is nothing but a common swindler out to take Florence's $1200 life savings.
18 April 1982
Insufficient money for social programs at the Help Center tempts Louise and Helen to quit, until they meet a young prostitute who is being physically abused by her pimp.
2 May 1982
Florence is having a string of bad luck with dates, so Louise plays Cupid for her when a police officer drops by collecting for charity and finds Florence attractive.
16 May 1982
The cast plays in a Western spoof, with Florence as a waitress, Ralph an undertaker, George a gunslinger, and Louise a help counter proprietress. Tom is a bumbling cuckold who faces an outlaw that has come to steal brazen adulteress Helen.
26 September 1982
George's competitor Blue Sky Cleaners is stealing his business. So George plans a wild promotion to get ahead, but Louise's attempt to help backfires and she becomes Blue Sky's one millionth customer.
3 October 1982
Since he's losing ground to Blue Sky Cleaners, George wants to retire. But he is driving family and friends to distraction by becoming their "advice columnist".
10 October 1982
George refuses to accept blame when Tom's pants come back from Jefferson Cleaners with a permanent stain. So Florence suggests they settle the matter by fighting it out on a popular TV court show called Video Verdict.
17 October 1982
Worried about her financial security, Florence asks George to provide her with a pension plan. When he refuses, Florence goes on strike and everyone turns against him to rally on Florence's behalf.
24 October 1982
Charlie the bartender borrows money from Tom to upgrade the bar and boost business with scantily clad waitresses. Louise and Helen take action when they feel that the changes are sexually exploitative toward women.
31 October 1982
George's boorish old friend and idol Johnny Moore, whom Louise has always despised, visits and gets on her nerves immediately with his childish practical jokes.
7 November 1982
The Jeffersons and Willises all know that author Joseph Blake is a felon convicted of murdering his girlfriend. But Florence doesn't know it and eagerly accepts a dinner date with him.
21 November 1982
Louise's birthday gift to George is an ocean cruise on a ship that specializes in interactive murder mysteries. But the vacation takes a sinister turn when one of the fake sleuths is killed for real.
28 November 1982
During the ocean cruise, the surviving guests compare evidence and try to solve the real murder, with everyone ridiculing George's amateurish sleuthing efforts.
12 December 1982
Dede Sanderson, the tenant in apartment 8-B downstairs, is having an affair with a man named George, so Ralph the doorman jumps to the conclusion that George Jefferson is romancing Dede and being unfaithful to Louise.
19 December 1982
Louise finds George's old love poems to her and shares them with friends and neighbors, which displeases George greatly until Tom's publisher Graham Gregory wants to have a meeting with George.
26 December 1982
After learning that Tom Willis made money from George's successful stock tip, Florence and her fellow building maids pool their money, form a consortium, and enter the stock market themselves by using George as their advisor.
2 January 1983
Aided by a reluctant Helen, Louise decides to break into George's office safe in order to view an old photograph that George refuses to show her.
9 January 1983
Louise masquerades as the maid and Florence plays George's wife in order to impress Florence's former schoolmate Pauline Jones Smythe, who is now a wealthy ostentatious snob.
16 January 1983
Generous Tom once bought a life insurance policy for his cousin Meg, who hates Helen and has always disparaged the Willis marriage. But when George blabs to Helen about the policy, Helen hits the roof.
23 January 1983
Lillian Warren mistreated Louise by condescending to her when Louise worked as Lillian's maid fourteen years ago. But Louise may have to contact her for a donation when the Help Center is dangerously short on funds.
30 January 1983
Cupid's arrow misfires: George's bodyguard Hugo Mojelewski falls in love with Jenny, who is still married to Lionel and depressed that no one will give her a break in the fashion design industry.
6 February 1983
George and Louise are about to meet their 12-year-old foster child Jimmy for the first time. So why does a 40-year-old man show up at their door?
Season 9, Episode 19: Mr. Clean13 February 1983
Florence is exhausted from cleaning up after George and his poker pals. George thinks Florence's job is easy enough to do in three hours, so he bets her a one-week paid vacation that it can be.
20 February 1983
When prosperity smiles on the Jeffersons and Willises, Florence becomes jealous of their good fortune and spends her $200 savings to visit a fancy health spa frequented by celebrities.
6 March 1983
A 12-year-old boy named Darren who seems fatherless persuades George to partner with him at bowling in a father-son tournament. But things aren't always as they seem.
13 March 1983
George's quick stop at his Queens cleaning store en route to dinner frames a flashback story to when he opened his first store, served his first customer, and earned his first dollar fifteen years earlier in 1968.
20 March 1983
George invites famous fashion designer Camille Hendricks over to help Jenny get a much-needed break in the fashion industry, but it's only a matter of time before something goes wrong.
27 March 1983
Cunningham Cleaners is using celebrity endorsements to win customers, so George follows suit - by using celebrity lookalikes while Louise pushes him to use real endorsements from his current customers.
3 April 1983
Florence buys a hat at an auction, finds $2500 in the lining of it, and dreams of what she'll do with her money. But then Louise tells her that the right thing to do is report the find to the police.
10 April 1983
George refuses to buy a TV set for Florence, then dreams that he dies, goes to Limbo, and must play a game called Wheel of Forever in order to win the key to the Pearly Gates.
1 May 1983
Louise is upset that she and George never spend any time together so she decides to do something about it with hilarious results.
2 October 1983
George agrees to work with a couple of old army acquaintances to teach Tom a lesson to not be so trusting but the scam is real and Tom needs George's help to try to get the money back before Helen learns he's lost their vacation home money.
3 October 1983
George and Tom pursue the grifters to Las Vegas and gain the assistance of a high tech wizard played by Mission: Impossible star Greg Morris. A plan is laid to trick the grifters with a phony doomsday television news story.
9 October 1983
Third and concluding episode of a 3 parter in which George and Tom try to get back Tom and Helen's vacation home money before Helen finds out Tom lost it in the well known pigeon drop where a promise for a big short-term profit is promised.
16 October 1983
George and Louise host a marriage seminar for newlyweds sponsored by the Help Center in their apartment. A wide range arrives including young, old, wealthy and poor. Naturally where George's advice isn't highly-flawed it is hypocritical.
23 October 1983
Florence meets and dates an attractive, wealthy businessman who keeps trying to lavish one more indulgent gift after another on her but she declines them all. Is he really too good to be true?
30 October 1983
The Help Center's Volunteer of the Year award is coming up and all tell Louise she should win but she disagrees. But when she hears the board is giving it to a donor who is essentially buying the award, an unseen side of Louise emerges.
6 November 1983
The UN calls Bentley back from the USSR, sent for messing with an ambassador's wife. George pledges to get his old apartment back but building owner Whittendale has it slated for a real estate mogul who promises George a big money deal.
Season 10, Episode 8: The List20 November 1983
While cleaning out some boxes, George finds a list of things he hoped to accomplish by a certain age and realizes he hasn't completed the list yet.
4 December 1983
George to host a Miss Jefferson Cleaners contest for publicity. No surprise that it draws a bevy of beauties but his dilemma is between building owner Wittendale's niece and a truly talented entrant, a daughter of an disliked fellow tenant.
11 December 1983
While Louise, Helen and Bentley go out caroling, George and Tom decline, asserting that the female name in it, Carol, proves it's for women. George and Tom spend the evening bonding, sharing poignant stories of their father's at Christmas.
1 January 1984
Sammy Davis, Jr. plays himself as a next-door neighbor who is trying to duck recognition from the press and public. A tabloid reporter tells Louise he will pay $2,000 if she can find out which apartment he is in which Florence overhears.
8 January 1984
George asks Walter, an employee of his with a talent for drawing, to help him create a TV ad for the cleaners. Louise wonders at his resistance and discovers it is because he is illiterate and helps him overcome the shame and learn to read.
15 January 1984
George refuses to allow Florence to accompany he and Louise to Atlantic City. After they leave, Florence gets a minor injury in a stakeout she allows the police of a nearby suspected drug deal. Guilty, George thinks she's seriously injured.
29 January 1984
George and Tom start to feel less than masculine because of the girl's excitement over a macho physical trainer they know. When Bentley has access to a cabin in the woods, all 3 go with the plan to return with he-man hunting stories.
12 February 1984
Tired of watching George mistreat his friends Louise falls asleep and has a dream where she is like George and he is like her. A good episode using role reversal.
4 March 1984
George takes over as manager of Florence's singing group but his booking decisions end in a bad note.
11 March 1984
Season 10, Episode 18: Otis18 March 1984
George is the subject of an article for a prestigious magazine about African American business owners but there's one problem: they want to take photos of his store and are not happy with Otis who has a shoe shine stand out front.
25 March 1984
Mr. Whittendale plans to replace Ralph the door man with an electric door.
1 April 1984
George's old flame is back in town and she's got a grudge to settle with George.