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After her tennis lesson, Jessica lunches with Mary, who mistakes her sister's glow for a facelift. At the office, Claire catches Chester wooing his newest mistress via telephone. Claire ... See full summary »

Director:

Jay Sandrich

Writers:

Susan Harris (created by), Susan Harris
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Baio ... Billy Tate
Diana Canova ... Corinne Tate
Billy Crystal ... Jodie Dallas
Cathryn Damon ... Mary Campbell
Robert Guillaume ... Benson DuBois
Katherine Helmond ... Jessica Tate
Richard Libertini ... The Godfather
Robert Mandan ... Chester Tate
Richard Mulligan ... Burt Campbell
Arthur Peterson ... The Major
Kathryn Reynolds Kathryn Reynolds ... Claire
Jennifer Salt ... Eunice Tate
Robert Urich ... Peter 'The Tennis Player'
Ted Wass ... Danny Dallas
Rod Roddy Rod Roddy ... Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

After her tennis lesson, Jessica lunches with Mary, who mistakes her sister's glow for a facelift. At the office, Claire catches Chester wooing his newest mistress via telephone. Claire threatens to tell Jessica; when that fails to scare Chester, she also threatens to call the SEC. Jodie comes out of Mary's closet wearing one of her outfits and blonde wig. Mary tells Burt that Jodie wears her outfit better. . . and that is not Jodie's big surprise! Burt ran into his long lost son at a sporting goods store; he is coming to dinner that evening to meet the family. Danny has a surprise: the Godfather says he has to kill Burt in order to get out of the Mob. Benson is the only one who has fun when the Campbells gather at the Tate home for dinner. As the epithets and fists fly (and Jessica glows) Benson opens the front door and admits Burt's son, David. Jessica and Corinne are both shocked; and Jodie is titillated. Tennis, anyone? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Quotes

Peter 'The Tennis Player': Dad!
Burt Campbell: Peter!
Corinne Tate: Peter?
Jessica Tate: Peter?
Peter 'The Tennis Player': Corrine?
Jessica Tate: Corrine?
Peter 'The Tennis Player': Jessica?
Corinne Tate: Mother?
Burt Campbell: Corrine. Jessica.
Mary Campbell: Oh My God!
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Fantastic stuff.
1 November 2019 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Episode two and things are already getting very complicated for the Tates and the Campbells: Jodie wants a sex change, Chester's secretary is blackmailing him, Danny must kill Burt if he wants to leave the mob, and Burt's son Peter turns out to be the tennis player who is schtupping both Jessica and Corinne. The always excellent butler Benson can only look on in amusement.

Brilliantly written with great performances all round, this is classic comedy that never gets old. By now, I'm sure you'll have your favourite characters: for me, it's the hilarious Burt, played by Richard Mulligan (his reactions to gay stepson Jodie are priceless), and Benson, played by Robert Guillaume, whose sarcastic asides are amongst the show's funniest moments.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1977 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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