The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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Head of the House 

Ralph has told a newspaper that he is the head of his household and is forced to prove it to a co-worker of his.


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Episode credited cast:
Jackie Gleason ... Ralph Kramden
Art Carney ... Ed Norton
Audrey Meadows ... Alice Kramden
Joyce Randolph ... Trixie Norton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Bloch Ray Bloch ... Bandleader
The June Taylor Dancers The June Taylor Dancers ... Themselves
Jack Lescoulie ... Himself - Announcer


Ralph has told a newspaper that he is the head of his household and is forced to prove it to a co-worker of his.

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

31 March 1956 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Introducing himself to a newspaper reporter, Art Carney identifies his character as 'Edward L. Norton.' See more »


[Alice has hung up on Ralph after he calls her to cook a meal for Joe Fensterblau]
Ralph Kramden: [to Norton] You and I, we're goin' home, we're gonna cook that meal ourselves. When Fensterblau gets there tonight, I'll say that Alice cooked it, but she had an appointment, and she had to leave.
Ed Norton: That's a good idea. After all, men are the best chefs, aren't they? Oscar of the Waldorf, Pierre of the Ritz, Grace Kelly's father...
Ralph Kramden: What does Grace Kelly's father got to do with it?
Ed Norton: He cooked up a pretty sweet dish!
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You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine
Music by Neil Moret (as Chas. N. Daniels)
Lyrics by Seymour Rice and Albert H. Brown
Sung by Jackie Gleason and Art Carney when Ralph and Ed are drinking
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The King Falls
22 September 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

True to the formula, Ed and Ralph are approached by a man-on-the-street reporter and asked the question, "Who is the boss in your house?" Of course, with a little push from Norton, Ralph shoots his mouth off and Alice finds out front he article. Now he has to back it up. One thing he decides to do is get drunk. In a scene that is reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy, Ed and Ralph get stinking. The kicker is that Alice replaced the wine with grape juice, so there was no alcohol. They still act as if they have been on an all night binge. As we all know, there is going to be a test that requires Alice to rescue her knuckleheaded husband. The drunk scene is priceless. The bloviating is par for the course.

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