Amen

Season 5 Episode 22

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM May 11, 1991 on NBC
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Special appearances by James Brown and Lloyd Price aren't the only surprises during a telethon to save the church: Thelma goes into labor.

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  • Still faced with the prospect of having to close the church's doors forever, Deacon Frye comes up with a great idea. They will do a telethon in order to raise enough money to bring the building up to code.moreless

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    'Amen' ends on a high note with each cast member getting the chance to perform at a special telethon. Bumper Robinson and Tony T. Johnson do a song and some dancing; Clifton Davis and Anna Maria Horsford sing 'Endless Love;' Jester Hairston appears with a dummy and does a ventriloquist act; Sherman Hemsley does a hilarious James Brown imitation; the real James Brown shows up and performs his hit 'I Feel Good;' singer Lloyd Price is also on hand and does a number; and Roz Ryan leads the entire cast in a touching rendition of the theme song 'Shine on Me' after the birth of Thelma and Reuben's son. It's a beautiful way to mark the final broadcast of a classic series.moreless
James Brown

James Brown

Himself

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Adrienne Brown

Adrienne Brown

Herself

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Butch Lewis

Butch Lewis

Himself

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Bumper Robinson

Bumper Robinson

Clarence

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Nicholas Rutherford

Nicholas Rutherford

Tommy

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    • The series ends on a high note, as Roz Ryan leads the cast in a rendition of the theme song 'Shine on Me.' The song appears at the beginning of every episode, sung by Vanessa Bell Armstrong. It was written by Andrae Crouch. An instrumental version closes each episode.

    • A name is not given for Thelma and Reuben's child, but the deacon promises that once the church is reopened, the first order of business will be his grandson's baptism.

    • During the telethon, the deacon tells the television audience that the First Community Church has been in existence for 50 years.

    • The phone number for the telethon was '555-FRYE.'

    • Special guest James Brown sings his big hit 'I Feel Good' during the deacon's telethon. He is joined in the scene by his real-life wife and business manager.

    • Singer Lloyd Price performs in this episode.

    • Clifton Davis and Anna Maria Horsford sing 'Endless Love' in this episode.

    • The producers of 'Amen' consulted with Rev. Madison T. Shockley II (a pastor at the Church of Christian Fellowship) & Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Jr. D.D. (of the Second Baptist Church) during the series' run. Both receive special acknowledgement at the end of each episode.

    • At the end of all 110 episodes, star Sherman Hemsley receives special billing as the show's creative consultant.

    • Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis and Anna Maria Horsford appeared in every episode of this series.

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    • According to various internet message board sites, this episode was intended to be a season finale rather than a series finale. Sherman Hemsley was disappointed that the series was cancelled by NBC after five seasons (given how long 'The Jeffersons' ran).

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