Alice

The Pharmacist

Season 2, Ep 14, Aired 1/29/78
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  • Episode Description
  • A pharmacist whose wife just left him and whose dog just died comes into the diner and tries to make a call to President Carter to protest food additives. However, when that doesn't work he tries another tactic, he threatens to take his life by swallowing a Cyanide pill until someone starts taking him seriously. Meanwhile, Flo orders sexy lingerie from a catalog but has a hard time giving it away when it comes in the wrong size.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Linda Lavin

    Alice Hyatt

  • Polly Holliday

    Florence Jean "Flo" Castleberry (1976-1980)

  • Philip McKeon

    Tommy Hyatt

  • Vic Tayback

    Mel Sharples

  • Beth Howland

    Vera Louise Gorman

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Howard: It's funny, man made this food, men need this food, food doesn't need men, food doesn't say 'bite me, chew me, swallow me', that probably hurts them. People shouldn't turn their backs on food, because someday the food could turn on them. Instead of us eating the food, it could be the other way around.

    • Alice: (to the Howard, the pharmacist) You're so obsessed about taking your life to prove a point that you haven't noticed that somebody's listening to you. Me. I have a big mouth, right? (Vera and Phylis agree) Okay, so you tell me something, I tell him (Mel), he tells somebody else. That's how you make things happen, by talking to people. In order to look after other people's lives you have to start by saving your own.

    • Alice: (about the pharmacist) To make things worse, two weeks ago his wife left him and his dog died. Mel: Should've been the other way around.

    • (while mentioning all the sickening ingredients in food, Howard holds up a tablet) Mel: What's that, garlic? Howard: Cyanide...I'll take my life here in the diner to prove it.

    Trivia (3)

    • When Alice goes to the storeroom to call the drugstore, the clock on the wall reads "11:40". When she comes back out, it now reads "11:30".

    • The phone number at Mel's Diner is mentioned in this episode as being (602) 555-3538.

    • Alice wears a blue carnation in her hair in this episode.

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