Archie is angry when Edith invites Henry and Louise Jefferson over for dinner, especially on the night he was suppose to go to The Mets game, but most especially because they are black. He reluctantly agrees even after canceling on the phony claim that Edith has a sprained ankle. Before dinner, Archie and Henry get into a heated debate over racial matters including the color designation of God, which gets so angry that Henry threatens to leave. Louise defuses the situation by admitting that Henry is actually her brother-in-law and that her husband George refused to come over because he didn't want to have dinner with white people. Henry drops an even bigger bombshell when he tells Archie that George went to see The Mets. Later Edith confesses to Mike and Gloria that Archie hated Mrs. Jefferson's food so much that he had three helpings. Written by
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In the closing credits, Mel Stewart
is credited as playing George Jefferson, although he actually played Henry Jefferson who was pretending to be George. See more
Actor Mel Stewart plays Henry Jefferson, Lionel's uncle and Louise Jefferson's brother-in-law, in this episode. The Jeffersons (Lionel's parents, Louise and George) are supposed to come to the Bunkers' to have dinner, but George refuses to "sit down with whitey", so Louise brings Henry instead, passing him off as George at first, but later admitting the substitution. At the end of the episode, however, his credit reads, "Mel Stewart as George Jefferson". See more
[Reads Genesis 2:21-23
Now there it is, in black and white. We didn't crawl out from under no rocks, we didn't have no tails, and we didn't come from no monkeys, you atheistic, pinko Meathead!
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Archie, that's a fairy tale. The whole idea of taking a rib out of Adam and making a woman, it's Mandrake the Magician time!
[Turns to Edith
You hear that? He's comparing the Lord God to Mandrake the Magician. Can you believe it?
No, God is much better known.