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Default Honeymooners Episode Reviews: "Cupid" & "A Little Man Who Wasn't There":

Honeymooners Episode Reviews: "Cupid" & "A Little Man Who Wasn't There":

Episode #96 (Syndicated Episode #: 62/63)
TV: In two parts.
VCR: Attached to "Manager of The Baseball Team." (1953 version.)
DVD: Attached to "Vacation at Fred's Landing" (1954 version) & Gleason's Honeybloopers, Vol. 2. On the Restored Lost Episodes DVD Box Set, it is attached to “A Little Man Who Wasn’t There”, “The Hypnotist”, “Hero” & “The Great Jewel Robbery.”
Air Date: 2/5/55

"Cupid":

Ralph and Ed are at a restaurant where even though Ralph is on a diet, he orders a lot of food for himself. They run into Ralph and Norton run into Herman Gruber, a boyhood friend of Ralph's from P.S. 73. Herman isn't married yet, so Ralph decides to find him a girl. They see another girl across the table where Ralph tries to get another sugar bowl and the girl's attention (and not only does he fail to get the girl's attention, he accidentally gets her dress dirty because he spilled her food.) Ralph: "I accomplished something didn't I?" Ed: "You sure did. You got us two sugar bowls" Ed also says that by looking at her, her name is Hildegard; she is a seventh-grade teacher among other things. Ralph says that Ed is wrong and by looking at her, he can draw up some of his own facts about her. The restaurant owner comes by and confirms that Ed's facts are right. Ralph accuses Ed of knowing her and Ed denies it. Ralph calls Evelyn Fensterblau and asks her what she's doing the following night, and she hangs up on him. He has better luck with Charlotte Stadtelman from the bus company, who agrees to date Herman. When Ralph lets Herman speak to Charlotte, all Herman says is: "Hi Charlotte!" The phone conversation ends and the date is set for Herman and Charlotte. After Herman leaves, Ralph says to Ed to not tell Alice what they did (or something like that) and that they are lucky to be married and they should greet their wives with flowers tonight.

The next day at home, Trixie comes by and she says that at the beauty parlor she heard the latest gossip -- Ralph called Evelyn and asked her for a date! Trixie tells Alice, and at first Alice doesn't believe her. Trixie leaves. Ralph comes by with flowers and says to Alice: "Hello sweetheart face!" This video clip of Ralph saying that to Alice would be used in an Anderson Windows commercial earlier this year. When Alice confronts Ralph about what she heard, Ralph tells her the truth. Alice doesn't believe him. Alice thinks that Ralph is having an affair. Isn't this a reversal of the traditional Kramden antics? Alice says that she knows that Ralph is seeing other women. So what does Ralph do, he says that Alice is right. Ralph: "Every night, I am out taking cabs and spending money." He also says that he asks for kisses and hugs from girls and he says that the bus says: "This bus is for lovers only." He's only making the situation worse, isn't he? Ralph brings down Norton and asks him to tell Alice the truth. Ed: "After bowling last night, we went home." That doesn't work. He lied because Ralph told him not to say what happened last night. Ralph decides to go to Charlotte's apartment to bring her and Herman home with him to explain things to Alice. He and Ed leave, but Ed brings up the flowers that Alice rejected from Ralph to Trixie. Trixie comes down as Alice is packing clothes for charity and is sending them in a suitcase. Trixie says that what she heard at the beauty parlor was false and that Ralph wasn't setting up a date for himself but for someone else. Alice: "Ralph was telling the truth." Alice feels awful and with Ralph gone out for a walk, she feels it will take him a long time for him to cool down. Trixie also says that Ed just brought her some flowers.

At Charlotte's apartment, Charlotte and Ethel are talking about Charlotte's blind date. She is also is talking to her old boyfriend Mike and saying that she never wants to see him again. Mike desperately wants so see Charlotte While Ralph is there, Charlotte's jealous ex-boyfriend Mike shows up and Ralph has to bluff his way out of a broken head. Herman also comes by (unbeknownst to Charlotte, Ethel and Ralph) and Mike beats him up in the hallway. With that, Herman and Charlotte don't meet at the time they were supposed to meet each other for the first time.

At home, Ralph says to Norton that he is the hard luck champion. Ed says that he saw Alice walking with a suitcase and that she might be leaving her. Ralph: "Why didn't you do something about that?" Ed: "the subway wasn't far away?" Ralph is convinced that Alice is gone and that he doesn't want to hear her name anymore. Ed complies but says that she will come back (and when he says her name, he uses a different name because Ed said that Ralph didn't want to hear that name again.) Ed also brings up some of the bad points of living with Ralph, so Ralph kicks him out. Charlotte shows up to explain everything to Alice, whom Norton spots coming up the block. Ralph and Norton think Alice will never understand Charlotte's being in the apartment, so they try to sneak her onto the fire escape. Alice catches them and thinks its proof that Ralph is seeing another woman. But in walks Gruber to confirm Ralph's story and save the Kramdens' marriage. Herman and Charlotte make another date (he couldn't date with her tonight, because he is tired. Probably because of the beating he took from Mike.) Everyone leaves.

Alice: "Gee Ralph." Ralph (yells): "DON'T 'GEE RALPH' ME." Ralph talks about the whole situation. Alice apologizes and the two hug and kiss. Yup, this whole idea behind this episode was a reversal of the traditional Kramden antics.

Episode #97 (Syndicated Episode No.: #104/105)
TV: In two parts.
VCR: Attached to "Goodnight Sweet Prince." On the rarely seen Readers Digest tapes, it is attached to “Songs & Witty Sayings” & “Suspense.”
DVD: Attached to "Goodnight Sweet Prince," "Ralph's Diet" & Gleason's Honeybloopers 1. On the Best of Lost Episodes Collection Volume 1, t is attached to “Stand-In For Murder”, “Principle of The Thing”, “A Weighty Problem” & “Songwriters.” On the Restored Lost Episodes DVD Box Set, it is attached to “Cupid”, “The Hypnotist”, “Hero” & “The Great Jewel Robbery.”
Lost Episode Title: "A Little Man Who Wasn't There."
Color Episode Title: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind."
Air Date: 2/12/55

"A Little Man Who Wasn't There":

According to John K’s book “To The Moon”, this episode’s title is: “The Little Man Who Wasn’t There.”

In 1988, the Honeymooners comic books did this episode in comic book form (complete with black & white images). Not all the dialogue from the episode made the comic though. This was the only episode that got this treatment.

MPI Video says that this episode goes down as one of the funniest Honeymooners episodes ever made. I disagree with that because although this episode is funny, it isn't one that will make you laugh until your eyes water (because of laughter.)

Ed comes into the unlocked empty Kramden apartment. Ralph comes home all steamed up. Some passengers on Ralph's bus who have been offended by him have complained to the bus company, so Ralph's boss orders him to see the company psychiatrist. Ralph thinks that the boss thinks he's crazy, and that this is the end of his career as a bus driver. So Ed decides to give Ralph a knee test (i.e. letting one person hitting your knee to see if it will go up.) Ed hits Ralph in the knee with a small hammer but his knee didn't go up. Both Ed and Ralph say that it should and that Ed should hit it harder. He does it, but it doesn't work. So he tries to hit his knee unexpectedly. He does and Ralph groans in pain and walks around in pain. Jackie's facial expressions and hollering in fake pain is funny if you know what I mean. Ed leaves. Alice enters and sings: "Crazy people" much to Ralph's chagrin. Today, she might have sung: "You Drive Me Crazy" by Brittney Spears. Ralph: "I hit my leg with a hammer but it won't go up." Alice: "If you keep talking like that, you will be taken away." Ralph explains what happened to him today and that Alice says that Ralph isn't crazy just because he is going to see a psychiatrist. Ralph calms down.

Ralph takes Norton with him to the psychiatrist's office and within minutes they're fighting (because Ed said that there would be no way that Ralph would be taken away in a straitjacket because there is no one straitjacket big enough. The doctor enters the room and finds Norton standing on a desk and Ralph threatening to beat him up. The doctor thinks that Ed is Ralph, but Ralph says that he is Ralph and that Ed is his friend. The doctor sits down and notices Ralph walks with a slight limp. Ralph says that it isn't because he let Ed hit his knee with a hammer today to see if his knee would go up. Yeah, the doctor doesn't think that Ralph is crazy at all. The doctor brings out a game for Ralph to play. He has to put shapes into their appropriate holes on a board. Ed: "Can three people play?" Ed also says: "You can't put a square box into a round hole?" Ralph: "No, then how did you get your head in your hat?" Ralph is getting frustrated with the game and when Ed leaves the room (after saying that Ralph is a sick boy), Ralph is able to concentrate. Ralph says that he has known Ed since childhood (despite the fact that in "Kramden vs. Norton" that they have known each other since the Kramdens moved in.) The doctor says that Ed is his problem and that if he hung around him any loner, he would get a nervous breakdown. Ralph leaves the place (without telling Ed what the doctor told him.)

At home, Ralph is thinking about how he should get rid of Ed. Writing a letter and slipping it under Ed's door is his only good option (or so he thinks). When Ralph is in the other room, Ed comes in with a friend to pick him up to go bowling. Ed sees the letter and thinks that Ralph will commit suicide. He decides to stick to Ralph like glue, to prevent him from killing himself. The friend leaves, saying that he can't bowl at a time like this, so he will play pool. In "Pardon My Glove" something similar happened. In that episode, when Ralph thinks that Alice is seeing a man behind his back, Ed asks Ralph to bowl and Ralph says he can't bowl at a time like this. So Ed asks for a game of pool. Ralph tries putting things together and when Ed comes down to go bowling, Ralph tries to get him mad so their friendship would be dissolved but to no avail. So when Ed leaves, Ralph is even more upset.

At a pool hall, the next day, Ralph is talking to a friend of his and explains that even though he hasn't been seeing him, he has been seeing him. Ralph: "I see him but I know that he is at work." The friend explains something similar that happened to a friend of his and his dog when the dog got sick. He kept on seeing the dog, even though he was at home, so the friend ended up being put away. Ralph tries to play pool and when he sees Ed, he is convinced (or so he thinks) that he is crazy.

Ralph races home and explains the whole situation of him seeing Ed but he knows that he is at work. Alice is convinced that Ralph needs medicine to calm him down and when Ed comes in, Ralph thinks it is her. Ed leaves. Alice comes in and Ralph said that she looked like Norton. The doctor comes in and gets told of the whole situation, so he thinks that Ralph is crazy. Ed comes in and explains that he has stuck to Ralph like glue because he didn't want to commit suicide like he said in the letter. Ralph explains that the letter was to tell him not to see him (Ralph) again because the doctor said that was made him (Ralph) crazy. After hearing this, the doctor says that Ralph and Ed need to remain friends so that Ralph can keep an eye on Ed at all times. The doctor leaves and Alice lies down. A man comes by dressed as Norton. Ralph sees the man and perhaps feels that maybe he is crazy after all.

Credit I believe goes to the old Bill 'Mooners Archive, eBay.com, tv.com, Honeymooners Lost Episodes Book, tvguide.com, honeymooners.net, Honeymooners Box Set booklet Honeymooners Lost Episodes DVD booklet, Yahoo! Groups You’re A Riot! & amazon.com.
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