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Season 1 Episode 12

Frye for the Defense

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Jan 10, 1987 on NBC
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Frye for the Defense
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A fund-raiser at the church takes an unexpected turn when the church gets sued for making someone sick with tainted macaroni salad. During the trial, Deacon Frye takes matters into his own hands to win the case.

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  • The deacon represents First Community in a lawsuit brought by someone who experienced food poisoning at a church function.

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    This is one of the episodes I remember watching for the first time in the 1980s. I will never forget the scene where Sherman Hemsley's character eats the tainted salad and then has to get through the rest of the trial, becoming sicker with each passing moment. It shows how far the deacon will go to win a case, and it also shows that in an ironic way, he does save the church and make it possible for good things to happen in the community. I also like the authenticity of the courtroom set. And Jester Hairston has a fun bit as a long-winded witness. But mostly, I like how this episode plays in a way like a drama. With the exception of the deacon's more exaggerated moments, a trial like this could really happen, and the seriousness of the judge and the jury seems very realstic.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

Jason Bernard

Jason Bernard

Dexter Rollins

Guest Star

Fran Bennett

Fran Bennett

Judge Walters

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Claude Brooks

Claude Brooks

Howard Stubbs

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Even though he was dishonest, the deacon does manage to win this case. In a later episode during season 5 ('Miracle on 134th Street'), Ernie tells Santa that he has finally won a case...so apparently, he will forget about winning the macaroni salad lawsuit.

    • Under oath, Rolly says that he joined First Community Church in 1944, when he got out of the war. He also says that he had been wounded in Italy outside Palermo.

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    • According to fan postings on the internet, it has been reported that this episode is sometimes not shown in syndication. However, on the Gospel Music Channel this episode has been seen, as recently as December 2009.

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