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Chester saves Jessica by confessing to Peter's murder, winding up in a cell with convicted killer Dutch Lightner; Carol cannot bring herself to tell Jodie he's going to be a father.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Baio ...
Billy Tate
Rebecca Balding ...
Mary Campbell
Chuck Campbell / Bob Campbell
Chief of Police Tinkler
Judge Anthony Petrillo
Robert Mandan ...
Dutch Leitner


Following Jessica's conviction, the family shamblizes the Tate's drawing room and Benson announces he will not clean it up. Chester has seen too many Wile E. Coyote cartoons and has dull knives, but a heavy cast iron pot does fall on his head during his suicide attempt in the kitchen. Benson tosses Bob. Later, Burt and Danny drink beer and help Jodie and Carol move into their new apartment and Dennis Phillips brings a fern. Jessica tells Mary her plan to write a book on prison reform. Jessica is cheerful until she realizes there is no sex in prison. When Mallu appears with stars in his eyes, Mary tells Jessica to revise her beliefs on sex in prison. Benson visits the jail and is temporarily overcome with grief; Jessica asks him to be strong. Tim takes Corinne to meet his mother; she takes a "hands on" approach to welcoming her new daughter. At her sentencing hearing, Jessica appeals to the guilty person; in a surprise move, Chester confesses to the murder of Peter Campbell. Mallu is ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Romance





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14 September 1978 (USA)  »

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While moving a couch into Jodie's new apartment, Burt and Danny get into an argument over left vs. right. After Jodie explains to both of them that Burt's right is Danny's left, Burt closes his instruction by saying, "To the right now - MY RIGHT", but holds up his left hand. See more »


Corinne states that she is worried whether Chester being a murderer might be a genetic fault that she might have inherited. This makes no sense as it has already been revealed to both the characters and the audience that she was only adopted by the Tates and is not a blood relative of Chester. See more »


Jessica Tate: Oh, I wish I were Donna Reed. I mean, Donna Reed would have something wonderful to say. Or even Shirley Jones for that matter. She'd have something just as good to say and maybe even fresh-baked cookies! Or Loretta Young. Of course, she wouldn't have anything wonderful to say, but she would make a stunning entrance.
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References Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) See more »


Tea for Two
Music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar
Performed by Robert Mandan
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