An old pal of Mel, retired football star Jack Newhouse is in town for a couple of days. His visit is unexpected and Mel has a championship bowling match (remember when bowling was really big?) so can't go out drinking with him. Alice is clearly taken with Jack - he's handsome and virile and nice. The ever proactive Flo tells Jack and Alice that they ought to have dinner together, which they do. Alice's son really likes Jack as well ( the scene where he repeatedly tells his Mom that he will be asleep when they return from dinner was a bit too precious and hokey). After dinner, which they both clearly enjoyed, Alice is expecting and looking forward to a sexual encounter. Then Jack tells her he's gay to which she responds "Are you telling me you're jolly?" (this was a time when gay still had the traditional meaning of happy and jolly). That Jack is gay is not a particularly striking statement today but it surely was in 1976. I do not recall what the reaction to this episode was then but am impressed now with how well and with what enlightened humor the story unrolled. In the context of the day, the episode stands up very well.
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