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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 24

    No Place Like Home

    Aired 5/6/90

  • S 5 : Ep 23

    The Class of '90

    Aired 4/29/90

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Nightmare on 227

    Aired 4/21/90

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    Gone Fishing

    Aired 2/24/90

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    You Gotta Have Art

    Aired 2/17/90

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Winfield

    Julian C. Barlow (Season 5)

  • Marla Gibbs

    Mary Louise Jenkins

  • Hal Williams

    Lester Jenkins

  • Regina King

    Brenda Jenkins

  • Helen Martin

    Pearl Shay (Season 2+, recurring previously)

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  • show Description
  • This popular sitcom that starred Marla Gibbs, who played Florence Johnston for many years on The Jeffersons, got her own show. She played Mary Jenkins, a housewife who lived with her contractor husband, Lester and their 14-year-old daughter Brenda. Mary's best friend was Rose Lee Holloway, who used to sit out with her on the stoop of the apartment building (#227) and discuss many things, especially Sandra Clark, the wise-cracking, hyperactive, and often scatter-brained woman from upstairs. Rose had a daughter named Tiffany. Next door to the Jenkins was the gossipping, yet loving, Pearl Shay, a crotchety busybody who lived with her grandson Calvin Dobbs, who was Brenda's first love. Throughout the final two seasons, several new characters appeared. Broadcast History September 1985-June 1986----Saturdays----9:30 p.m. June 1986-May 1987----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. June 1987-July 1987----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. July 1987-September 1988----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. October 1988-July 1989----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. September 1989-February 1990----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. April 1990-May 1990----Sundays----8:30 p.m. June 1990-July 1990----Saturdays----8:00 p.m Theme Song There's no place like home. With your family around you, you're never alone. When you know that your loved, You don't need to roam, Cause there's no place like home Time's are changing everyday. We won't get by with the same old ways (Oh, no!). Pulling together will make it right. With help from are friends I know we'll get by, Cause there's no place like home. With your family around you you're never alone. When you know that your loved, You don't need to roam. Cause there ain't no place like, (Better believe it) There ain't no place like (Better believe it) Cause there ain't no place like, There's no place like home! "I mean no place child". Now being shown on TVLand---9:00AM (Sundays) TV One---Weekdays (Check local listings) Nielsen Ratings:(Top 30 or Better) #18 in the 1985-1986 Season #14 in the 1986-1987 Seasonmoreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Mary: If you ask my opinion, it's all a fake. That man's not sick. (cut to next scene) Rose:: That sure was a lovely funeral.

    • Sandra: You're all over-reacting--this is nothing. Pearl: Well, see what you say when a bunch of G-men swoop down on you. Sandra: Why would they do that? Other than the obvious?

    • Rose: Your name was in the letter, too. Sandra: Is that right, Mary? Mary: Well, you were all complaining; it made perfect sense to me-- Sandra: To implicate us all in this wretched mess? I can't go to jail, Mary--I look terrible in stripes!

    • Sandra: You asked the President to fill our pothole? Well quick, Mary, call George Bush--my living room window is stuck.

    • Lester: Your grandma asked me to speak with you. Calvin: Why? I know all about sex. Lester: The mechanics maybe, but we're talking 'bout more than that. Calvin: You mean the kinky stuff?

    • Lester: Well, what I really wanted to talk to you about is sex. Calvin: Oh? O.K. What do you want to know?

    • Pearl: I still say that chair makes that sofa look crappy!

    • Burglar 1: Maybe I should get something for my mother-in-law. Burglar 2: Get that chair; they're both ugly.

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    Notes (64)

    • For purchasers of the 227 DVD, you will find that this episode does not appear first as it was not the first in production order. The Pilot was first but the cliffanger ending would not be resolved until the ninth produced episode. NBC apparently decided to air the pilot and the conclusion during the November sweeps.

    • Kia Goodwin does not appear in this episode.

    • Kia Goodwin does not appear in this episode.

    • In this episode, Calvin walks Brenda home and then continues walking down the street to go home. So he wasn't Pearl's grandson in the pilot, and he didn't live in 227.

    • Kia Goodwin does not appear in this episode.

    • The girls sing Girl Talk.

    • The Visionaires from the Heavenly Vision Baptist Church appear as the choir.

    • Kia Goodwin does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (18)

    • Notice that Sandra lives in apartment K. In "A Young Man's Fancy", the letter on the door is permanently changed to apartment J.

    • Rose, Pearl and Sandra become angry that Mary mentioned them in her letter to the President, but didn't they hopefully ask Mary if she mentioned them at the beginning of the episode?

    • It's funny that Brenda does not want to be treated like a kid anymore because she is wearing pajamas with the feet attached.

    • Lou's efficiency was as big as the Jenkins apt, however, efficiencies are supposed to be rather small.

    • When Lester is bringing in the ottoman, his pants are unzipped.

    • Marla Gibbs acted out the same "hammering the bell" scene four years earlier on The Jeffersons.

    • This episode reunites Hal Williams and Lynn Hamilton, who portrayed Harley and Verdie Foster on The Waltons. The two actors also worked together in many episodes of Sanford and Son.

    • Brenda's 15 in this episode (the 2nd season) but in the season before (season 1) she was only 13. How did she jump 2 years in one season?

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    Allusions (1)

    • Pearl said she's going to her high school reunion and dressed up in a cheerleader uniform with pom poms. Pom poms weren't invented until 1956, and this being 1985, Pearl looks way older than 47!!!

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • I never wrote this review or rated the show, I have never seen it

    By sh1fter-shinken, Apr 08, 2006

  • Bye Sandra!

    By p5280j, Feb 26, 2009

  • Should Be Released As A DVD Box Set!!!!

    By lovesexydarlene, Nov 10, 2008

  • loved it

    By texas2008, Oct 15, 2008

  • It's an OK show.

    By tvaddict_10, May 23, 2007

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