Ray Ellis returns to his wife after seven years of abandonment, only to find she is engaged to another man.
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 Raymond Ellis (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Olivia Ellis (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Angie Ellis (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
Tony Holmes ...
 Jordan Ellis (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Luzelle Carter (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ed Hall ...
 Colonel Wallace Dickey (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Seven years after Ray Ellis abandoned his wife Olivia and two children, he is declared officially dead. That's when Ray reenters their life, only to find that Olivia is engaged to marry uptight Army colonel Dickey. Interested in reopening their old relationship, Ray moves next door to Olivia and their kids, hoping to assure them that he has changed his irresponsible ways, much to Dickey's chagrin. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Raymond Ellis: [narrated during opening credits] And then there's my mother-in-law, Luzelle. Luzelle is French for "killer". The day she moved in, the rats moved next door.
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Had It's Moments, Especially From Helen Martin
12 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was Demond Wilson's attempt at making it on his own after feuding with Redd Foxx over who made "Sanford & Son" a success. In the show, Wilson returned to his wife who was attempting to remarry. Denise Nicholas was the wife and Helen Martin (later on 227) was her mother, Luzelle, who Demond would say was French for "killer".

Martin mostly sought to recreate LaWanda Page's Aunt Esther as a foil for Wilson here. She did have her moments, especially when she got drunk on the cooking cherry trying to cook that chicken.

First she would stagger out into the living room drunk, then later on, upon entering the kitchen, Martin would be having the plucked chicken do a little two step then take a dive into the bowl.

The show would also have feminist periods, but with the lovely Denise Nicholas making the argument, they were memorable as I still recall them.

In one, Wilson told her that men are always listed before women: "men and women, boys and girls, his and hers."

Nicholas replied with "ladies and gentlemen!"

She would then also hit him up as to why there was never a King Bee.

The show didn't last long, obviously, but those moments with Martin were funny.


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