Season 4 Episode 19

The Talent Show

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Feb 12, 1990 on NBC
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The Talent Show
It's time for the second annual church talent show. Performances feature dancing, music and poetry readings. Plus, there's a tribute to philanthropist Mother Hale.

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  • The church puts on another great talent show. This time the proceeds go to Mother Hale's charity in Harlem.

    This is the second musical revue type episode of 'Amen' done to raise awareness and funds for a charitable organization. In this episode, the honoree is Mother Hale and her home for children in Harlem. She makes a special appearance. But unlike the talent show in season 3 when the Easter Seals poster child spoke, Mother Hale does not make a speech. Instead, Clifton Davis sings to her; and then, she joins the cast up on stage for a hymn led by Jester Hairston. In fact, the finale is probably one of Hairston's best musical performances on the series. You can tell he enjoys doing these types of scenes and so does the rest of the cast. But Davis and Hairston aren't the only ones who get to display their talents. The episode begins with a rap by Sherman Hemsley and Tony T. Johnson which is very good and has a strong message about the importance of education. Then, Roz Ryan does a Broadway-type number set in a classroom, and this is followed by a reading of Langston Hughes poetry by Barbara Montgomery. I think of all the episodes she appeared on, this is probably one of the better Cassietta moments. Ms. Montgomery does a wonderful interpretation of 'Madam' and it shows a side of her talents that was rarely utilized on the series.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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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles are featured in this episode.

    • Selections in this episode include: a rap performance of 'Bust a Move,' by the deacon and Chris; a skit of 'The Warden of PS Eighty-Three' by Amelia and most of the cast; a poetry reading of Langston Hughes' 'Madam' by Cassietta; a comic interpretation of 'Swan Lake' by Thelma; a special tribute to Mother Hale sung by the reverend; and the entire cast performing a spiritual hymn led by Rolly.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Clara Hale was a dedicated humanitarian in Harlem, known more commonly as 'Mother Hale.' She founded Hale House, a home for unwanted children and children who were born addicted to drugs. The producers selected her charity organization for special recognition in this episode.