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Season 4 Episode 14

The Deacon vs. the US Army

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Jan 06, 1990 on NBC
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The Deacon vs. the US Army
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Just as the reverend is ready to make her Mrs. Reuben Gregory, Thelma gets orders to ship out to Germany. Later, the deacon must defend her in court-martial proceedings.

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  • Thelma doesn't want to stay in the army, and she certainly doesn't want to be sent to Germany. She'd rather stay in Philadelphia and marry Reuben, even if it means going AWOL.moreless

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    The story of Thelma's military saga concludes in this amusing episode. We have the deacon doing what he does best: (mis)representing his client-- in this case, Thelma-- during a court-martial proceeding after she has gone AWOL. The scene earlier in the show where she steals the jeep of a high-ranking official and gets arrested is both funny and tragic. Of course, the Fryes do not realize that the army is perfectly willing to discharge her from active duty. Instead, Ernie impedes that decision temporarily due to his grandstanding at the trial. The introduction of Rolly as a character witness is good, and there's a hilarious bit with Thelma speaking on her own behalf and sprawling out on the table before the panel of officers who will render a decision about her fate. She is finally free to go, and the story arc comes full-circle with a scene back at the house that makes it very clear Thelma and Reuben will marry in three weeks.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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