An upwardly mobile black family moves into a previously all-white neighborhood in suburban Long Island, New York. Chuck and Anne Severson, who are Neil's friends, at first welcome them to the neighborhood, even though some of their friends and neighbors don't want the black family there. However, when local real estate agents start "blockbusting"--the practice of scaring white homeowners into selling their homes for less than they're worth by raising the prospect of more blacks moving into the neighborhood and lowering property values, then selling the homes at vastly inflated prices to those same black families--Chuck and Anne must decide whether their stand against racism is worth losing the investment they have in their home. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode caused a controversy when CBS cut out a scene showing white star George C. Scott
dancing with black guest-star Ruby Dee
, in order not to offend its affiliates in the South, which was strictly segregated at the time. Scott loudly and publicly blasted CBS for its action, calling the network "cowards". See more