Gimme a Break!

Season 6 Episode 19

Joey's Hero

Aired Unknown Feb 11, 1987 on NBC
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Joey's Hero
When Joey's favorite television star "Captain Jerk", is hospitalized after swallowing a whistle, some of Nell's blood is used for a transfusion, since he has a rare blood type, and Nell has the same type as him. However, as she goes to his hospital room to meet him, she finds out that he is predjudiced as she overhears him talking to his co-stars about how much he hates blacks and how he organizes a group of people who are for a white society. She realizes that she must tell Joey the truth, that his favorite televison star doesn't favor blacks. In the end, Captain Jerk asks Nell to be on the show, but swallows his whistle again when he sees she is black. He gives her money, and tells her to not tell anyone she is black and since she gave him 5 pints of blood, it makes him "42% Negro". Joey hears this, and depite not believing Nell before, he finally knows that his hero is predjudiced and he and Nell leave the hospital knowing that Captain Jerk is nothing but one.moreless

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    Joey Lawrence

    Joey Lawrence

    Joey Donovan [ seasons 3-6 ]

    Rosetta LeNoire

    Rosetta LeNoire

    Mama Maybelle Harper [ seasons 5-6 ]

    Telma Hopkins

    Telma Hopkins

    Addy Wilson [ seasons 3-6 ]

    Nell Carter

    Nell Carter

    Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper

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      • (Captain Jerk tries to give Nell money to keep her from revealing to the public she's black.)
        Nell: I don't need your money. I have a good job. I'm a messenger from God.
        Captain Jerk: Who said you were a messenger from God?
        Nell: Why, you did, grand commander. We must be talking about two different Gods too. I can't believe your God tells you to do this. My God tells me to love, not hate.
        Captain Jerk: You don't understand. If my friends find out I have your blood in my veins...Let's see, there are 12 pints of blood in the human body, you gave me 5 pints. That means I'm 42% Negro.
        Nell: That's right...You're already blacker than Whitney Houston.

      • (Nell is in the hallway with Addy, about to confront Captain Jerk on live TV)
        Nell: Bingo, bango, bongo, he about to meet a lady from the congo.

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