Based on a play about the lives of women residing in a black apartment building in 1950s Chicago, by Christine Houston, Marla Gibbs, who first shot to stardom for playing the sarcastic housekeeper to Louise & George Jefferson, Florence Johnston, in "The Jeffersons," got her own series. In this sitcom, she starred as Mary Jenkins, a tart-tongued, sharp housewife, who enjoyed a great deal of gossip, and often spoke of what she'd believed, not-so-good results. 227 was also about the many African-Americans who resided in a Washington, D.C. apartment building, among the many of her residents were Lester Jenkins, Mary's husband who was a construction worker, Brenda Jenkins, a teenaged daughter of Mary's & Lester's, whose very scholarly, when at times, she overdoes things and apologizes, Pearl Shay, an annoying, yet open-minded neighbor, who believes in gossip, the same topic Mary believes in, and Rose Halloway, a best friend of Mary's who show sympathy to the neighbors, who in turn, had a ... Written by
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While the series was set in contemporary era Washington DC, the original play was set in 1950s Chicago. See more
[after receiving a bouquet of flowers
Oh, Mary! You know what? These are probably from Tony apologizing for last night.
You see there? All upset for nothing.
[reading the attached note
Oh! Dear Snookums, please accept these flowers as well as an invitation to dinner Friday night at La Bamba! Love, Tony!
La Bamba? Child, that place is so expensive, even the doorman takes credit cards.
Oh, look, Mary, isn't this cute? There's a P.S! Please don't tell... Sandra.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby
There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs See more