The Drew Carey Show

Drew and the Racial Tension Play

Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 1/5/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Winfred-Louder celebrates its centennial. Drew selects Arthur Crawford, a board member who has worked at the store since 1936, to speak at the festivities. He puts aside the speech Drew had written and begins making stereotypical remarks about other races and religions, as well as gays. All of the employees are outraged; they threaten to go on strike and sue the store. They soon turn on each other and begin making offensive comments about one another. Drew promises that he will either get Crawford to apologize or resign. Crawford refuses to cooperate, and the board just tells Drew to look through the store's handbook for a solution. The tension between employees results in a race riot in the cafeteria. Drew tries to calm everyone by following the handbook and putting on a play about stereotypes with Kate, Mimi, Chuck, Doreen and another woman. The play is really awful, and doesn't have any effect on anyone. When Drew returns to the board to explain, he discovers that the Dutch have sold the store to Mr. Soulard, an African American. All of the board members--including Crawford--have been replaced. Meanwhile, Lewis and Doreen develop a mutual attraction. He wants to begin dating, but she feels that their extreme height difference makes this impossible.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Drew Carey

    Drew Allison Carey

  • Christa Miller-Lawrence

    Kate O'Brien

  • Diedrich Bader

    Oswald Lee Harvey

  • Ryan Stiles

    Lewis Kiniski

  • Kathy Kinney

    Mimi Bobeck Carey

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Drew tries to smooth things over when one of the board members makes racist remarks in a speech.

    By jchamberlin, Dec 27, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • (Mimi is dressed up as a women from the future and is encased in a plastic bubble) Drew: (whispers to another employee) I say we roll her into traffic. You with me?

    • (the store is celebrating its cenntenial) Mr. Wick: Mimi, go and make me some copies of these papers. Mimi: I'm sorry, the copy machine hasn't been invented yet, it's 1900. Mr. Wick: Ah, neither have salaries for women.

    • Drew: You can't sue this place; they have the best lawyers in the world! Remember that janitor that tried to sue because he had asbestos in his lungs? They countersued him for stealing asbestos!

    Trivia (1)

    • This is the first time that the store is sold after the Dutch had owned it. Throughout the show's history, the store would be sold and bought multiple times by different groups.

    Allusions (4)

    • Doreen and Lewis appear to be using Sega Dreamcast video game controllers on their date.

    • Lewis: Don't worry; at the last convention I bought some Wrath of Khan-doms. This is a parody of the "Star Trek" movie, "Wrath of Khan." But condoms are not normally sold at "Star Trek" conventions.

    • Lewis mentions that Doreen has seen the movie "E.T." more than 100 times.

    • The play put on by the store employees is a huge rip-off of the musical West Side Story.

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