The Jetsons: Season 2, Episode 37

To Tell the Truth (22 Nov. 1985)

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George learns the hard way that honesty is the best policy.

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George learns the hard way that honesty is the best policy.

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Always Tell the Truth, No Matter How Stupid it Sounds...
11 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Remember, kids, honesty is the best policy. One particular principle George always stands by, and boy will it be put to the test in tonight's episode. It all started at the breakfast table, Elroy tried to show off his juggling skills by playing with Jane's favorite pitcher, only he dropped it in the middle of his act. He decides to try and lie his way out, but George sternly tells him to tell the truth. As Jane returns, Elroy fesses up to breaking her pitcher while farting around with it. After screaming and cursing her head off in the cone of silence (um, calm down, Jane. It's just a pitcher. It's not like you can't steal George's wallet and buy a new one) she is congratulated by her husband for not blowing up in front of Elroy and thusly warmed his heart, though she would have preferred to warm his ass. So after that disgrace, George takes the broken pitcher to Henry Orbit in a vain attempt to get it fixed. George gloats about all he knows about honesty, which Henry shoots down, saying telling the truth brings you nothing but trouble. He then proceeds to fib his way out of doing work for a tenant. Remember, kids, Henry Orbit is a bad role model. Speaking of bad role models, we go to Spacely Sprocketts, where Mr. Spacely is given a song and dance by George on how to increase safety at the plant. It involved the employee with the best record gets a certificate presented by Bubbles Blastoff herself. You may remember her from such romantic fares as Debbie Does Venus and The Lady in Uranus.

Jane calls George, bugging him to take her out, and of course he has no qualms introducing her to Bubbles. Why? Because George doesn't believe in hiding anything from his wife (anymore). Well, George's idiotic plan only caused more accidents as the works went gaga over Bubbles. Many men were critically injured. Then, George goes by the apartments to tell Henry to give a message to Jane informing her that he has to take Bubbles to the airport, he could have accomplished this with a phone, but thanks to him, the phones at work are down. So he takes her to the airport as well as voluntarily gets on the flippin' plane with her! Naturally, he's mistaken for a passenger and has to ride alone. Batting a thousand, George. Unfortunately, the plane runs into a meteor shower and is forced to land on a remote moon where they become stranded. Fortunately, help comes in the form of a circus midget, whose circus is heading to Space City, and he invites George to ride along. Meanwhile back home, a heart broken Jane had fallen asleep waiting for George. It was 4:00 in the A of M and he hadn't shown. Next morning, George makes it home. Henry convinces him to lie about his night to Jane, and it seems to work, until the old fool comes and ends up spilling the beans, so George fesses up and tells Jane what he really did. Does she believe him? Well, thankfully the circus midget and gypsy stop by to return George's wallet, thus backing up his story, and even gives him a few free tickets to the show. So, all is well. I guess.

This one was alright, I guess. Nothing too special, but we really see a dishonest side to Henry. Usually he's pretty honest and helpful, but now he's become a two-faced liar who only helps get people in trouble. So aside from a few memorable moments, such as Elroy breaking the pitcher, Jane getting bent out of shape, and every aspect of George's wild adventure, this one is a hit and miss. It's not a bad episode, it's just none too memorable or likable for that matter. Fans of the show should see it, but if not, I say just skip it.


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