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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Next sitcom for Demond Wilson after Sanford and Son. See more »

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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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Demond Wilson following SANFORD AND SON
3 September 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

After SANFORD AND SON Demond Wilson did two short-lived series, this one and THE NEW ODD COUPLE (he did Oscar, Ron Glass did Felix). The premise of this show had a husband who had abandoned his family return years later to try to reconnect with the wife and kids. I haven't seen it since its original broadcasts, but I liked it. Perhaps the idea wasn't appealing to a mass audience but the cast was excellent. Helen Martin played the "mother-in-law Luzelle. Luzelle is French for killer. The day she moved in, the rats moved next door." At least that's what Demond Wilson would repeat during the opening credits. He was great, and it was a better show than THE NEW ODD COUPLE. THAT'S MY MAMA was on for at least two seasons, and starred Clifton Davis and Theodore Wilson (who went on to play Sweet Daddy Williams on the popular GOOD TIMES). And then there was Cleavon Little in TEMPERATURE'S RISING.


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