The Powers That Be (1992–1993)
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How Sharper Than a Servant's Tooth 

Charlotte decides to quit rather than face her feelings for Theodore; Jordan gets upset when Bill blows her off on their anniversary.



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Episode cast overview:
... Sen. William Franklin Powers
... Margaret Powers
... Jordan Miller
... Bradley Grist
... Caitlyn Van Horne
... Theodore Van Horne
... Charlotte
... Pierce Van Horne
... Sophie Lipkin
... Estelle


Charlotte decides to quit rather than face her feelings for Theodore; Jordan gets upset when Bill blows her off on their anniversary.

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21 November 1992 (USA)  »

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The title is based upon a quote from William Shakespeare's play "King Lear" (Act I, Scene IV): "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!" See more »


Sophie Lipkin: [Bradley is on the phone, Sophie is trying to get his attention] Check out my new boobs! Made ya look!
Bradley Grist: [Bradley continues on the phone, then pauses, looking at Sophie's chest] I don't get it. Why didn't you have both of them done at the same time? Made ya look!
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Episode 11 "How Sharper Than a Servant's Tooth"
3 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

This 11th episode picks up the storyline between Charlotte and Theodore, who learns that she has decided to quit because of her feelings for him (Charlotte: "I couldn't take it any longer, the ache of wanting you from afar...there are so many things about you that I will cherish, the way you just walk in and light up a room!" Theodore: "I light up a room? You're like a flaming thing that sets fire to know!"). Caitlyn shows up with Theodore to try to comfort her mother (Caitlyn: "must you dawdle? Where is it written that overwhelming melancholia and a sense of impending doom means you can't shake a leg? Mummy needs us, you have the rest of your life to be depressed!" Theodore: "take that to the bank!"). Bill has to postpone his third year anniversary with Jordan due to his wife's despondency, driving Jordan to try to bribe Charlotte into reconsidering: $500, a new car, a condo, 10% of a catering truck...eventually, Jordan realizes that she and Charlotte are both involved with married men (Jordan: "they're all the same!" Charlotte: "not my guy! What we have is different, maybe it's not full of steam and secret underwear, but it's the most exciting thing I've ever known... and it works for me, and you're telling me to just throw it all away? Well who the Hell do you think you are ma'am?"). While Caitlyn and Pierce are fixing dinner, Charlotte sneaks back in to tell Theodore she's not leaving ("it's a woman thing!"), not wanting Margaret to know she has returned (Charlotte: "I don't want her to see me yet, I'll just sneak up the back way!" Theodore: "back way? I didn't know there was a back way!" Charlotte: "you do now!").

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