Amen

Season 2 Episode 4

Dueling Ministers

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 31, 1987 on NBC
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Dueling Ministers
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Rev. Johnny (Rev. William Hudson III) returns to give a sermon at the church.

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  • The deacon persuades young Rev. Johnny Jr. to bring his young parish over to First Community. He nearly pushes Reuben out of an office and a job.

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    This is not the best episode of the series, but it has one of the best scenes, at least for Clifton Davis fans. The moment where Rev. Gregory's jealousy overtakes him and he winds up using a church member's memorial service to out-preach Rev. Johnny is hilarious. I think there are a lot of insights to the story. The earlier scenes where the deacon visits Johnny and sees his young parish in action is sort of a spoof on church congregations, especially when the kiddie members act exactly like their adult counterparts (only, with problems particular to their generation). The final scene, after the duel, is also very insightful. Both Reuben and Rev. Johnny admit to using the chance to glorify the Lord as a chance to promote their own unique preaching talents. It's one of the funnier and more down-to-earth episodes of the series. If there were a retrospective of 'Amen,' surely a clip of the duel scene would need to be included.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

Reverend William Hudson III

Reverend William Hudson III

Reverend Johnny Jr.

Guest Star

Ta-Tanisha

Ta-Tanisha

Mrs. Gordon

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John Marshall Jones

John Marshall Jones

The Moving Man (as J.J.)

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Sheeneeka Smith

Sheeneeka Smith

Alisa

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    • As of December 2009, guest star William Hudson III had been the Pastor of Prayer and Faith Outreach Ministries of Chicago for over 20 years. His website indicates he was a child prodigy ordained as a minister of the Gospel at the age of 12, after experiencing the supernatural call of God at the tender age of 3. (This is mentioned in his first appearance on the program, in the episode 'California Dreaming.')

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title for this episode is inspired by the song 'Dueling Banjos,' an instrumental composition made famous by the 1972 motion picture 'Deliverance.'

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