Alex Haley's Queen

Episode 3

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 2/28/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Reunited with Davis, the father of his son, Queen finds love but also hate as the man is lynched. Taking the road once more, Queen finds a new job and meets Alec Haley, who will become his husband and the father of her second son, Simon. Though Queen never finds an answer to her quest for belonging, she is at least moderately at peace with the place in which she finds herself. A household fire seems to be the triggering event that together with her sons' departure, causes Queen's nervous breakdown. She has serious issues seeing her first son Abner depart, and her mental state goes worse to the point that she needs to be institutionalized.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ann-Margret

    Sally Jackson

  • Patricia Clarkson

    Lizzie

  • Timothy Daly

    Col. James Jackson Jr.

  • Ossie Davis

    Parson Dick

  • Danny Glover

    Alec Haley

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (52)

    • (To Mr. Haley) Queen: When I was a little girl I lived at my papi's big house. I had a sister Jane, we slep in the same room. Only she had a big four poster, and I slept at the foot of her bed. We laughed a bit, dream of our future. I always said I was gonna marry a prince on a white horse. Jane would laugh at me. Who is gonna marry a slave girl like you, Queen? She said. She shouldn't laugh. She was wrong. I did see my prince, but he was on no white horse, but he would be riding on a fairy boat, crossing the river.

    • Queen: I just loved you so much I didn't want to let you go. I was wrong. Abner: Mama. Queen: You go with my blessing. Just promise me one thing. Abner: Anything mama. Queen: Just one. Whatever you go, whatever you do, always remember that you are loved.

    • (To the asylum doctor) Queen: I wish to be home, where I'm loved.

    • Queen: I know I got a few demons in me, and I suppose they won't ever go away, but I ain't dangerous to nobody, except me.

    • (While Queen stays at the asylum) Abner: If I don't go, will that make mama better? Mr. Haley: That's not the real problem. She's trying to keep you in a glass case all your life 'cause of things that happened. She won't talk about them.

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    Notes (5)

    • End credits: Abner, following his youthful adventures, returned to life on the farm. Simon graduated from Lane College and received his Master's Degree at Cornell University. He went on to have an outstanding career as Dean of Agriculture of AM and N College. He and his wife, Bertha Palmer, gave Queen three grandchildren. George, who became a lawyer. Julius, who became an architect, and ALEX HALEY...who became a writer.

    • Alex Haley didn't live long enough to be involved in the filming, and David Stevens adapted Haley's dictation tapes allowing for some inconsistencies. For instance, Queen had three sons and a daughter in real life, although on the screen she was only given two sons.

    • Queen's desire that her youngest son gets an education eventually came true. Simon Haley would get an M.A. at Cornell University.

    • Queen's son Simon married a woman named Bertha with whom he had four children: George, who became a lawyer. Julius, who became an architect. Lois, who taught music. And Alex Haley, who became a writer and wrote this story.

    • Henry was one of Alec and his first wife's younger sons. Henry had four older brothers not mentioned in the mini-series. It was a total of 7 boys between Alec and Queen, Simon being the youngest.

    Trivia (5)

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Ann-Margret, Tim Daly, Jasmine Guy, Martin Sheen, Sada Thompson and Paul Winfield do not appear in this episode.

    • Goof: When Mr. Haley goes to pick Queen from the asylum, he can be seen hopping off his carriage twice.

    • Halle Berry (Queen) has a hard time trying to use an old peg to hang the clothes. She can be seen struggling with it to stay in place while she talks to Danny Glover (Mr. Haley), and she actually doesn't manage to put it as can be seen when she picks Abner and walks towards the house.

    • According to an extra, Halle Berry barely moves in the Ferry Boat scene since she was in extreme pain after falling off a horse and seriously injuring her back.

    • Goof: Before Queen gets on the ferry, a blond haired man is shown getting off. After Queen gets on the boat, the same blond man can be seen getting off again (the same cut was used twice).

    Allusions (2)

    • The very last scene of this episode, when Queen and her husband are sitting at the porch lacing their hands is reminiscent of the scene when she realized her feelings for him and decided to stay: there were sitting in the exact same place and lacing their hands the same way.

    • Queen: When I was a little girl I lived at my papi's big house. I had a sister Jane, we slep in the same room. Only she had a big four poster, and I slept at the foot of her bed. We laughed a bit, dream of our future. I always said I was gonna marry a prince on a white horse. Jane would laugh at me. Who is gonna marry a slave girl like you, Queen? She said. This quote is an allusion to the following scene that could be seen in episode 1: Queen: I'm gonna marry a prince on a white house. Jane: Oh Queen, don't be silly. You are a slave girl. Who is gonna marry you?

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