The Jeffersons: Season 11, Episode 12

Sayonara: Part 1 (29 Jan. 1985)

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The Jeffersons and Willises - and granddaughter Jessica - are ecstatic when they learn Lionel and Jenny are coming to New York to stay. But the news they bear is certainly not worth celebrating.



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The Jeffersons and Willses are busy decorating the apartment in anticipation of Lionel and Jenny returning home from Japan. At first, all seems fine: Granddaughter Jessica is boasting about a "big surprise" that her parents are bringing for her, which (along with a letter from Jenny's doctor) leads everyone to believe that Jenny is pregnant. Then a subtle clue drops when Tom is reminded to save the real estate section from the newspaper, even though Lionel and Jenny live in a large house. Louise meets Lionel and Jenny at the elevator and is the first to hear their announcement: They've decided to file for divorce! The news devastates both the Jeffersons and Willises, but - after their children leave - it isn't long before a huge argument ensues, with both sides blaming the other for their children's crumbling marriage. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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