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Old 11-22-2019, 08:08 AM   #1
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Default Honeymooners Episode Reviews: "Stars Over Flatbush" & "One Big Happy Family":

Honeymooners Episode Reviews: "Stars Over Flatbush" & "One Big Happy Family":

Episode #102 (Syndicated Episode # 46)
TV: Half-hour.
VCR: Attached to "The Prowler." In 2015, a VHS on Ebay was found from the 80s that contained that contained a B&W kinescope of the Jackie Gleason Show that had this episode and it was attached to a B&W kinescope of the Color episode entitled "Flushing Ho." It is a producer's copy. On some tapes, it is attached to "The Prowler", "The Adoption" & "Ralph's Diet."
DVD: Attached to "The Adoption" & "Game Called on Account of Marriage." On the Lost Episodes Restored DVD Box Set, it is attached to “Peacemaker”, “The Adoption”, “One Big Happy Family” & “A Weighty Problem”
Air Date: 4/2/55

"Stars Over Flatbush":

Ed wakes up and goes into the kitchen to get ready for the day one morning and is annoying Trixie by reading an astrology book. After Trixie goes into the bedroom, Ralph visits Ed in his apartment. If you look on the TV, I think you can see the reflection of the camera lights. Oh no, not something that the camera crew wanted. Norton has discovered astrology, and Ralph thinks he's nuts, especially when Norton tells him the stars say he shouldn't ask his boss, Mr. Malone, for the raise he planned to request that day. Ed says: "I was born under the sign of Pieces the fish." Ralph: "You were born under the sign of Pistachio, the nut." Norton also sees in the stars that Ralph will have an accident that day and will be rendered speechless. When a window falls on Ralph's hand and the pain is so great that he can't utter a sound, Ralph becomes hooked on the stars too.

At home that night, Alice is talking to Trixie about what Ralph would do if he got the raise. He never got one before. Ralph comes home and after Trixie leaves, he asks Alice to scratch his back. She does. After they sit down to have dinner, Ralph explains that now he hasn't asked for his raise, but he will ask for it at 11:30pm Friday night. Alice: "Ralph, that's crazy. Your boss might be fast asleep." Ralph: "That's his tough luck." Ralph explains that now he is letting the stars run his life and he says for proof that Ed Norton predicted that he would get into an accident and the accident that happened to him was a window falling on his hand. Alice: "Are you sure that it didn't fall on your head." Ralph: "Since I found out that I am Taurus the Bull, I have become a new man." Alice: "You may be a new man, but it's the same old bull." Ha! Ralph (yells): "You think that that is going to get me mad?" (yells in anger): "WELL I AM NOT GOING TO GET MAD ALICE!" Ralph gets another itch on his back so Alice says that since he is Taurus the Bull to swipe at it with his tail. Ha! She goes into the bedroom.

Ed Norton comes in and thinks that Ralph is doing the Shake, Rattle and Roll by rubbing his back against the ice box to scratch his itch. As if appointed by destiny, in walks Freddie Muller with an invitation for the Kramdens to an engagement party he's giving for Mr. Malone, Friday night--from 9 P.M. to midnight. Ed: "That includes 11:30pm, doesn't it?" He leaves. Alice gets the news and can't believe it since it's so weird. Ralph: "This calls for a celebration." Ralph says that they will go out for dinner. Ed Norton talks about the stars more. Next, Norton sees in Ralph's horoscope that he's going to fall in love with a glamorous woman born under the sign of Aquarius. They figure that the party is the only place Ralph is likely to meet such a woman, so they decide to show up at Freddie's just before 11:30. Another woman comes by asking for a petition for a new playground. Ed says that that is great because he would like a new one to play in. Gee, a man Norton's age playing by himself in a playground. The woman is name Miss Tasslemann so Ralph asks when she was born. The answer is in February. Ralph (yells): "GET OUT!" Gee, that was so not nice.

At the party Ralph is edgy, and he nearly faints when an attractive blond asks him for a match. He nearly has a heart attack a few minutes later when Mr. Malone's fiancée, a cute blond Aquarius, asks him to dance with her. The boss tells Ralph and Ed a joke which Ed doesn't find funny, so Ralph reminds him that he told a joke, so Ed laughs in a way that you know that it's fake. Ralph: "It takes a while for Ed to get a joke." At exactly 11:30 Ralph asks Mr. Malone for the raise. Malone turns him down, and then dresses him down for trying to take advantage of a social situation. Ralph wants to kill Norton. Ed is outside with probably a headache, so he tells Alice that he is going out there to make sure Ed gets that headache. Gee, that sounds so not nice.

At home the next day, Ralph is installing not one, not two, but three locks on the door to make sure that Ed doesn't come in. Ralph: "Three locks are better than one." Ralph explains how Norton cost him a raise, which subsequently cost him a better home, an opportunity to play golf on Long Island and a real good oil well. Yeah, that makes sense...NOT! Up pops Mr. Malone, to apologize to Ralph for yelling at him, and to give him the raise. After he leaves, Ralph remembers part of the stars' prediction on how he is going to fall in love with an attractive woman born under the sign of Aquarius and since he is in love with Alice, he says he shouldn't take that raise until he remembers that Alice was born on February 8. Question: "The Great Jewel Robbery" was centered on Alice's birthday, but didn't it air on FEBRUARY 28TH, 1955? Ah, not like it matters. It seems that the stars were right after all--until Norton comes down with the news that he's been reading last year's book. Ralph (yells): "GET OUT!"

Episode #103 (Syndicated episode #59)
TV: Half-hour.
VCR: Attached to "Lost Baby."
DVD: Attached to "Finders Keepers" & "Kramden Vs. Norton." On the Lost Episodes Restored DVD Box Set, it is attached to “Peacemaker”, “The Adoption”, “Stars Over Flatbush” & “A Weighty Problem”
Air Date: 4/9/55

"One Biog Happy Family":

This episode's film quality is not exactly 100% perfect on the releases made before the Lost Episodes Restored Bix Set. As you watch this episode, you will notice a line appearing on the screen AT ALL TIMES EVEN ON THE ORIGINAL DVD. On the Lost Episodes Restored DVD Box Set, a cleaner copy (with no line) was used. Anyhow, back to the episode. Ralph is demanding complete silence while he is doing his taxes. So when Trixie comes in and they only make minor noises, Ralph comes out all mad and is saying he needs silence when he is doing his taxes. Alice offers to help. Ralph obliges and as she is doing it, he yells in her ears to throw her off. It doesn't work. She does her end perfectly even with Ralph yelling. That doesn't say much for Ralph, doesn't it? Ed Norton comes down. He is having a tough time doing his taxes too. They compare income and expenses like one of Ralph's ideas which is making Secaucus, New Jersey a honeymooner's paradise, and when Ralph realizes that he and Norton between them are paying $90 a month in rent, he proposes that they pool their money and share an apartment. Ralph says that he knows Ed's faults and if he himself had any, Ed would know it. Gee, Ralph is 100% perfect? Something about that doesn't make sense.

The Kramdens and Nortons take a look at an apartment in 23 Mockingbird Lane in Flushing, Queens, New York. Years later, Mockingbird Lane would be that famous street on The Munsters. Ralph says that the kitchen is in a room all by itself. The benefits of the move are immediately obvious: at Chauncey Street the view from Ralph's window was the back of a Chinese restaurant; from the new apartment he can see the front of a Chinese restaurant. They take the apartment, but they don't know who should get the bigger bedroom. Ralph, of course says that he and Alice will take it. Ed Norton says that we will run this apartment like a democracy. Ralph says that we will but he and Alice will take the big bedroom. Ed: "Fine Ralph, have it your way but remember on this date April 9, 1955 (the day this episode aired on TV by the way), will go down as one of the biggest blows to democracy that has ever happened. It's all as you were then except you are theres." Ed says that when Ralph gets into that bedroom, it will be a small bedroom and not a big one. They announce that they took the apartment. Ralph: "That is it. One big happy family." Ralph and Ed sing which causes someone upstairs to complain. Ed: "It's just like home."

During the next scene, that line that appears on the screen now turns into a bigger white line for a few seconds before shrinking back to its original size. The euphoria of new surroundings wears off quickly though, when Norton spends all morning in the bathtub washing a toy boat while Ralph's waiting to bathe before going to work. When Ralph finally gets into the bathroom he takes a tumble on the soap Norton dropped on the floor and then can't get any hot water. Ralph tries to salvage his morning with a few waffles but Norton gets to them first, causing more friction. Ralph complains that Norton is only caring for himself and that last night there was two meatballs and that Ed grabbed the big one. Ralph: "If I were you, I would have grabbed the little one." Ed: "What are you complaining about? You got the little one." Today is Ed's day off. Ralph yells about the fact that Ed kept him waiting for a bath and he didn't have to go to work so he challenges Ed to a fight which ends when Ralph realizes that Ed has his glasses on and he can't punch him with glasses on.

Things are no better that night; everything Norton does--eating, tapping on the table, cleaning his eyeglasses--drives Ralph crazy. Ralph complains about Ed being selfish. Alice asks Ralph to look at a broken toaster. Ed says that the radio stat conductor is not making proper conduct with the electro curl. Translation: A screw is loose. Ed asks Ralph to put a knife on the loose screw while Ed plugs in the toaster. Alice is actually not smart enough to stop Ed and Ralph. Ralph is getting "electrocuted." Ralph throws Norton out which causes the man upstairs earlier to complain. Ralph (yells to the guy): "SHUT UP BEFORE I REPORT YOU TO THE SUPERINTENDENT!" Man (yells): "I AM THE SUPERINTENDENT." D'oh! Ralph reads the newspaper and listens to the radio. Ed comes back in and turns on the TV to Captain Video and His Video Rangers even though judging by the noise; it sounds like a Western show. They complain. Ralph turns up the volume on the radio louder which causes Ed to turn up the volume on the set. They act like babies, each turning up the volume up on each of their respective appliances that they are using. The radio "blows up." Ralph pulls the plug on the TV set. He complains to Trixie. Trixie: "You don't have to take that from him. Put it back in." Ralph and Ed yell at each other. Soon Ralph and Norton, Trixie and Ralph, and Alice and Trixie are squabbling. The superintendent of the building comes down and kicks the blabbermouths from Bensonhurst out of the apartment house. Alice scolds Ralph for ruining the one good idea he ever had. Ralph says that he takes the fault. Ed says that he takes the fault and the episode ends with Ralph and Norton quarreling over who was to blame for the whole mess.

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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