When Bill goes to visit his mother, the press inaccurately reports his death, so Margaret contemplates accepting his seat on the Senate.

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When Bill goes to visit his mother, the press inaccurately reports his death, so Margaret contemplates accepting his seat on the Senate.

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7 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Cloris Leachman portrays John Forsythe's mother. In actuality, Forsythe is 8 years older than Leachman. See more »

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Episode 9 "Bill's Dead... Not"
28 May 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

This ninth episode ranks with the funniest, broadcast on the same night as the previous entry, shown together in a one-hour time slot. Journeying to visit his 92-year-old mother, Bill inadvisedly picks up a young hitchhiker (Tom Wood) who reveals that he's just been released from prison, getting a look at Bill's money-laden wallet, as well as his $4000 watch (Hitchhiker: "you know you really shouldn't carry this much cash around, you could, uh, lose it" Bill: "oh I'm not worried, I keep an extra hundred stashed in the trunk for emergencies!" Hitchhiker: "this is crazy! You've got tons of cash, a $4000 watch, you pick up a complete stranger and we're drivin' out in the middle of nowhere!" Bill: "oh we're well protected, I keep a pistol in the glove compartment!" Hitchhiker: "you sir, are a parolee's worst nightmare!"). A stunned Bill winds up losing his car, his wallet, his watch, and his phone, thumbing 40 miles to see the cantankerous Mother Powers (Cloris Leachman), who doesn't want to hear any excuses for being three hours late ("tell that to my pot roast!"). At home, everyone hears a news broadcast revealing that the Senator's car hit a gasoline truck and exploded (Bradley: "his remains? We don't know that any of his remains...remained!"). Jordan is most upset that people keep asking about 'the grieving widow' ("this kills me, the man dies and it's always about the wife, the wife, THE WIFE! For your information, a man's wife is not the only one who shares in his secrets and dreams, but nobody ever stops to think about that! Mrs. Powers is not the only one who just lost the most important man in her life but she seems to be the only damn one who gets to cry about it!"). The always suicidal Theodore is also saddened ("death...you think of it as your friend, then it turns on you!"). Sophie is comforted, more or less, by her stepmother (Margaret: "my poor child...3 months ago you were a bastard, and now you're an orphan...an orphaned bastard!"). Only Caitlyn puts on a happy face, writing a poem in honor of her father, which no one wants to hear. The only person who knows the truth is young Pierce, simply because his grandfather phoned him to tell everybody that he's had a little car trouble, and that he'll be home soon. Theodore tries to break the sad news to his son (Theodore: "your Grampa's dead!" Pierce: "Dad he's fine, he just had a little car trouble!" Theodore: "no son, he had a lot of car trouble! Time for a man to man talk...you've gotta face the truth like a grownup...remember the story of Fluffy the bunny and the runaway lawn mower?"). Caitlyn also tries to soften the blow with Pierce, who repeats what he told his father (Caitlyn: "he's clearly in denial!" Theodore: "runs in the family!"). When she finally breaks down, Theodore picks her up and heads for the kitchen ("I'm gonna get mommy a glass of water and 10 milligrams of something!"). Bradley tells Margaret that the Governor needs to know if she wants to fill her late husband's Senate seat for the remainder of his term, but Bill's unexpected return proves even more shocking than his demise...


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