To help get the family pianola out of hock for a street party honoring war vets, Ruby takes a job selling corsets, training all the while for the Olympic swimming tryouts. But brother Billy finds that not all of the returning soldiers are welcomed as heroes.
Did You Know?
Near the end of this episode Billy asks his sisters for pennies for gas to run the stove. At this time (and even decades later!) it was common for homes to have gas and electric meters for prepaid service. These meters took pennies or shillings, and later on other coin denominations. The collection boxes could become so full that families waited in anticipation for the meter reader to empty them, because otherwise space could run out leaving the occupant with no way to access electricity or gas. People sometimes cheated by using washers or other shaped material--even ice--in lieu of a coin. See more
Words by William Blake
Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
(as Hubert Parry) See more