Amen

Season 2 Episode 6

Deacon on the Line

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 14, 1987 on NBC
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Deacon on the Line
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The deacon (Sherman Hemsley) assists with a teen hotline. He also represents the reverend in an injury-related lawsuit.

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  • After church members complain that the deacon does not completely grasp the problems of the community's youth, he volunteers to help at a teen hotline. Soon, he learns the importance of reaching out to a troubled adolescent.moreless

    8.5
    This episode follows a standard sitcom formula of having an A plot and a B plot progress simultaneously. Here, the teen hotline story is the A plot, and the reverend's court case is the B plot. What's interesting is that Sherman Hemsley's character figures prominently in both storylines. So we could say that this is definitely a deacon-dominated episode. The writers give Sherman Hemsley the chance to do both comedy and drama, and he's certainly up to the task. We also get the chance to see Rev. Johnny again who logically helps with the teen hotline. I found it interesting that the suicidal kid turns out to be white. One thing we don't really see in this series is if the neighborhood where the Fryes live is predominately black (which I suspect it is), or if it is more racially integrated. We also don't know how integrated the church congregation is, either (even though a white boxer joins First Community in a later episode as does the Fryes' Swedish housekeeper, Inga).moreless
Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

Deacon Ernest Frye

Clifton Davis

Clifton Davis

Rev. Reuben Gregory

Anna Maria Horsford

Anna Maria Horsford

Thelma Frye

Barbara Montgomery

Barbara Montgomery

Casietta Hetebrink (1986-1990)

Roz Ryan

Roz Ryan

Amelia Hetebrink

Jester Hairston

Jester Hairston

Rolly Forbes

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    • The deacon falls asleep while he is giving a testimony in court about a driver who falls asleep at the wheel. During this time, when he is awakened by the judge, he knocks the car into gear and goes crashing through a wall. At the end of the episode you see the deacon in a neckbrace. You would think he would have had a head injury more than a neck injury for going through a wall at a fast pace.

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