Kate & Allie

Season 5 Episode 6

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 1987 on CBS
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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
While Kate and Dennis take old clothes to Goodwill, Allie rushes across town to pay Jennie's school fees but leaves her purse in the cab and is left stranded and penniless in Manhattan. Allie realizes the plight of the homeless when she is forced to walk the six miles to her apartment.moreless

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  • A terrific episode -- we can all learn something from this one.

    I watched Kate & Allie regularly, but this is the only episode I clearly remember. What an eye-opener as Allie (Jane Curtin) finds herself appearing to be a homeless person in New York City. Dressed in old clothes and without her purse, identification or money, she travels on foot across town. Sadly, based on her appearance alone, she is treated as an outcast by most everyone she encounters. I have never viewed a homeless person with the same eyes since seeing this episode, and I hope to never be as cold and uncaring as those who crossed Allie's path. Well done!moreless
  • This episode is extremely eye-opening to those of us who have become jaded towards the homeless.

    This episode is a profound statement on poverty, homelessness and the tendency of people to see themselves as somehow better than those less fortunate, when in reality it is "There but for the grace of God go I". It is amazing to me that this episode could tackle something so emotionally moving without being cheesy or hokey. The black and white photos at the end are extremely powerful. What I love about Kate & Allie, generally speaking, is the innocence and warmth of the show. However, sometimes the show addresses very dark and upsetting elements of life and tackles them head-on without being sanctimonious. Compassionate people must, to some degree, harden their hearts against all the suffering and cruelty in the world, but this episode softened my heart considerably and reminded me of things I had forgotten to feel.moreless

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