It has it all. From slavery to 'Don't talk to me like that Eddie Booth'
Another fine episode from the impressive opening series of 'The Fosters'
A blind man named Andrew Henderson turns up at the Foster's front door trying to sell them encyclopedia's on black history. As ever Benjamin is very keen, as our Sonny and Shirley. Pearl isn't so sure. They are in enough debt as it is. Henderson tells them they are £62 for all ten volumes and they put a down payment of £3 and then from there £1 a week. She decides to ask Samuel who returns from work. Samuel is persuaded in going along with it. Henderson says he'll drop the books off that evening. Samuel signs. When Henderson goes, Samuel reads the small print. It seems they have been heavily ripped off with so many clauses in the contract. Could it be that Andrew Henderson is really a confidence trickster... And is he really blind...
Andrew Henderson is played by Rudolph Walker. It is great having the fine Walker in an episode of 'The Fosters' The reason for this is that Rudolph Walker had the first starring role for a black actor in a sitcom, in the highly controversial 'Love thy Neighbour' The year 'Neighbour' ended, 'The Fosters' began and 'The Fosters' was Britains first exclusive black sitcom. Despite 'Neighbour' being dated and heavily criticised today due to its highly casual use of racist language which today quite rightly would be an absolute no no, you have to realise that 'Neighbour' paved the way to 'The Fosters' being made and Rudolph Walker has to be addressed as a highly important figure to black actors in British sitcom, so it is great he appears in such a landmark series as 'The Fosters'. What is highly interesting though is when Sonny tells Samuel what is in the encyclopedia's. He says 'It has all the information on black history. From slavery to (in an impression of Bill Reynolds played by Walker) don't talk to me like that Eddie Booth' This is strange, considering Rudolph Walker is in this scene playing somebody else. I wonder if Jon Watkins knew Rudolph Walker would be in the scene when adapting the script.
This is a fine episode again. Having now watched the majority of the first series, despite a slightly slow start, I'm really getting into this sitcom now. All the characters are really starting to grow on me. I'm a big fan of Norman Beaton's Samuel Foster as he has so many setbacks in his life, yet he keeps going. He is such a likable. Even Lenny Henry's Sonny Foster, his constant use of the word 'Dy-na-mite' annoyed me something rotten when I first started watching this, yet despite it still being annoying, it isn't as bad as it once was.
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