Checking In (1981– )

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The misadventures of Florence Johnson, a hotel maid who was previously seen serving the Jeffersons.

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 Florence Johnston (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Earl Bellamy (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Hank Sabatino (4 episodes, 1981)
Jordan Gibbs ...
 Dennis (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Lyle Block (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Elena Beltran (4 episodes, 1981)
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"All in the Family" (1971) had several spin-offs, but none as popular as "Jeffersons, The" (1975). One of the highlights of the show was the wise-cracking maid, Florence Johnson, who constantly engaged in battles of wits with George Jefferson. In this short-lived spin-off sitcom, we learn she has quit her job as a maid for a career as a housekeeper at a fancy hotel. The show was quickly cancelled due to lack of ratings, however, and Gibbs, Marla returned to the "deluxe apartment in the sky" and explained that the hotel had burned to the ground, and continued to star in "Jeffersons, The" (1975) for the rest of it's run. Written by Bloggers!

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"Checking In"...checked out.
28 December 2005 | by (Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)) – See all my reviews

Since I just reviewed "Park Place" (the show that was on after this one,on CBS Thursdays:April 9th,16th,23rd & 30th,1981,"4" years before "227".)I figured I'd review this one too. I can't "really" rate it but I do know it was good so I'll give it 8 out of 10.

The set up was this,Florence meets the owner of the St. Fredrick Hotel,located in Manhattan and he hires her to be his executive housekeeper. (In charge of all the other ladies who clean the rooms).

Thus The Jeffersons loses one of it's best characters (temporarily). Co-starring with Marla was M*A*S*H's Larry Linville as the hotel's stuffed shirt manager Lyle Block,basically another Frank Burns role for him,which he was never able to get away from. True to the CBS form at the time,the show was very funny (mostly Florenece's wise-cracks and one-liner insults).

The episode I really remember is the possibility that one of the floors of the hotel is haunted by spirits or ghosts and I remember the end of it where both Linville & Gibbs end up quickly exiting the area,despite having reached the conclusion it's not "spooked".

(Spoiler,kind of:)Despite not being on the air very long,"Checking In" and "Park Place" were yanked off the schedule and Florence returned to, "The Jeffersons". How? The St. Fredrick burns down (off camera),with all barely escaping with their lives! She shows up at George and Lousie's with singed clothes and looking a mess,on top of that her former bosses have hired another housekeeper but after "competing" with each other for the job...she gets her old job back! (Isn't TV great? Ha,ha!)

Lastly,all cast members except Jordan Gibbs,had previously or went on to established careers. Liz Torres later co-starred in "The John Laroquette Show",Ruth Brown was a former 1960's Motown singer,Patrick Collins and Robert Costanzo while not leads have guested on a variety of TV shows and done animated voice work,such as "Fairly Odd Parents".


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