The 1900 House

Season 1 Episode 4

The End of an Era

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Aired Unknown Jul 03, 2000 on PBS
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The End of an Era
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The final hour of the series opens with the Bowler family sitting playing cards and reading the paper, their few means of entertainment. They decide to go out to a historical pageant in the entertainment district just outside Elliscombe Road.

The energy provided from the outing convinces Joyce and Kathryn to audition for the revue. They learn that in 1900, girls in the theater equated to prostitution, but they err on the side of Women's Lib for this outing.

Joyce has two problems: One, she's lost a crown on her tooth. She has the option of using the Dentist's office, 1900s style which includes a very primitive and painful drill, but she chooses the modern day equipment instead.

Her other problem is the maid, Elizabeth, who has begun arriving later and later for work. Elizabeth is actually at the library today, researching maids in Victorian era Britain. Joyce decides to end Elizabeth's employment, but via the mail.

Joyce and Kathryn perform the sketch and song they wrote in Episode 3 about "The Woman of the Year 2000." In the end, their performance is considered "too modern" for the theme.

Finally, the time has come to close up the 1900 House. The Bowlers go all out, spending the rest of their budget on a huge party, complete with hand-made food and drinks, including alcohol. Kathryn overindulges and becomes the life... or at least the laugh... of the party.

The next morning, the Bowlers are allowed to dress back into modern day clothes, and Paul gets to shave off his mustache with a safety razor. The family are driven back to their home in an SUV.

Epilogue: A few weeks later, the cameras check back in on the family, who have been all too willing to go back to modern-day technology, especially the twenty-minute-cycle washing machine.moreless

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