After Alice finds Ralph's old cornet in the basement, Ralph remembers lost career chances, and feels discouraged. But a visit from a kindly, elderly millionaire couple who used to live in ... See full summary »

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After Alice finds Ralph's old cornet in the basement, Ralph remembers lost career chances, and feels discouraged. But a visit from a kindly, elderly millionaire couple who used to live in the apartment, shows Ralph that he is still young enough to pursue new opportunities. With Norton's help, Ralph makes a list of all his strong and weak points so that he can correct his faults and become a success. Written by afsnowbird

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24 March 1956 (USA)  »

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The high note Ralph is trying to hit on the cornet (and never quite manages) is "High C". See more »

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Ed Norton: What are you doing there, Ralphie Boy?
Ralph: I'm making a list of all my weak points.
Ed Norton: Oh. Is that all the paper you're going to use?
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Hitting the High Note
28 December 2015 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

This funny and touching episode shows up one of the distinctive themes of THE HONEYMOONERS: the determination to improve one's lot in life and rise above one's circumstances - something both the Kramdens and the Nortons tried constantly to do. Digging up an old cornet from the closet, Ralph bemoans his missed musical opportunities and missed career opportunities in general. He feels that he "never hit that high note." The cornet functions as a symbol of Ralph's hopes and dreams. Norton, too, has dreams: he wants to progress from being a sewer worker to the lofty post of sewer inspector, and decides to take a civil service exam in order to qualify for this new job; Ralph too resolves to take an exam, one that will allow him to become a bus supervisor.

Meanwhile, Ralph and Alice meet an elderly couple who used to live in the apartment years before. The husband, a successful businessman, says that Ralph should try to improve himself by listing his strengths and faults. Ralph follows the man's advice, and this leads to a hilarious bit between Ralph and Norton as the two try to compare notes. Unfortunately Ralph's and Norton's efforts to rise up in the world don't work this time around: both fail their exams. But Ralph's sincere efforts to improve himself have won Alice's admiration, and the episode has a heartwarming ending as the two remind each other how much they love each other. The episode has that perfectly calibrated mixture of comedy and sentiment that defined THE HONEYMOONERS.


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