Florida and James decided to ask their friend Gertie Vincent to give Thelma singing lessons with the money they have leftover after paying their monthly bills. Unfortunately, they find out that Gertie has retired from giving voice lessons. They then find out through Wilona that the reason Gertie retired is due to the fact that for every two dollars she brings in through her teaching the government takes away one. However, they are in for more of a shock when they find out that things have gotten so bad for her that she is now forced to eat pet food. The Evanses decide to invite her over for dinner to help her out. However, when she brings meatloaf that she made, they are afraid that she is feeding them pet food. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
Did You Know?
While the plot of this episode's undeniably funny, this (and an episode of the The Rockford Files: The Attractive Nuisance
(1978), were actually inspired by a national scandal (instigated by a report on 60 Minutes
(1968)) which said that due to the effects of the high inflation rates (especially on the retirement incomes of the elderly), many weren't able to afford decent food and some were resorting to eating pet food. Congress ended up mandating automatic yearly increases in Social Security (and other Federal programs) to help alleviate this problem. See more
Ms. Gertrude Vinson
[Ms. Vinson - who's been invited to eat with the Evans' family, because they heard she was eating dog food, has shown up - with a surprise main course; meatloaf
Now, Florida, you've had me over as a guest dozens of times. Please allow me to do something in return.
No, no, no. You're our guest!
Ms. Gertrude Vinson
I'm an old woman, and a stubborn one. If you don't allow my meatloaf to be the main course, I won't stay.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
courtesy of the Broadway musical "Raisin". (Closing credits. This original Broadway production ran from October 1973 to December 1975.) See more
References The Towering Inferno
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman
& Marilyn Bergman
Performed by James Gilstrap
(as Blinky Williams) See more