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Season 1 Episode 2

The Courtship of Bess Richards

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 04, 1986 on NBC
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The Courtship of Bess Richards
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After hearing a beautiful gospel singer (Nell Carter) sing at a wedding, the deacon decides to woo her so she will join the church and sing in the choir.

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  • The deacon would like to entice a gospel singer to leave a competing church and join First Community. In order to accomplish that goal, he wines and dines her. Soon, she gets the wrong impression and says she has fallen madly in love with him.moreless

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    After dropping a few of the characters that did not work in the pilot episode, the show's format is pretty much set by this second episode. Nell Carter is brought on as a special guest star, playing Bess Richards, a woman that Sherman Hemsley's character is trying to get to join the church. Carter has a great musical number in her very first scene; then she gets to play some romantic scenes with Hemsley. When her character learns that she's been tricked by the deacon, there is a moment of great physical comedy between the two, when Bess brawls with the deacon and literally tosses him out of the room. The conflict is neatly resolved when she tearfully apologizes to the deacon, and they make up. Meanwhile, we get to see some early character development with Anna Maria Horsford's role: Thelma is being shown as the girl who is 'always the bridesmaid but never the bride.'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

Arthur Adams

Arthur Adams

Father of the Bride

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Robert Rigamonti

Robert Rigamonti

Maitre'D

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H.B. Barnum

H.B. Barnum

Band Leader

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Sheeneeka Smith

Sheeneeka Smith

Bridesmaid

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