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Season 3 Episode 8

Thelma's Handyman

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Dec 03, 1988 on NBC
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Thelma's Handyman
Thelma, at age 34, finds herself in a situation where she has to dissuade a 19-year-old admirer from chasing after her.

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  • The deacon hires a young man that Thelma used to babysit. He tells his ex-girlfriend that he is in love with Thelma. This causes a great deal of gossip and makes the reverend jealous.moreless

    This is a fun episode that gives Anna Maria Horsford some good scenes to play. At first, Thelma is innocent about the handyman's intentions toward her; then, it becomes more serious and after a talk with her Aunt Leola (played by Rosetta LeNoire), she must get firm and spurn his advances. Meanwhile, Clifton Davis does a good job conveying the reverend's conflicted emotions about this turn of events when gossip reaches him about Thelma's supposed affair with a much younger man. Sherman Hemsley plays more of a supporting role in this episode, leaving the main action to Horsford, Davis and guest star Cuba Gooding, Jr., in days before he won the Oscar for 'Jerry McGuire.'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 (3)

    • It is stated that Thelma used to babysit Kenny and first met him fifteen years ago when he was four. At the end of the episode, she tells him that if he still has romantic feelings for him, she will go on a date with him five years from now (meaning she would then be 39 and he would be 24 and graduated from college).

    • Thelma's age is given as 34 in this episode (while the handyman is 19). At the beginning of season one, she was 31.

    • This is an early appearance on TV by Cuba Gooding. Gooding would win a supporting actor Oscar for his work in the film 'Jerry McGuire' starring Tom Cruise.

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