The Gregory Hines Show

Season 1 Episode 5

Boys' Night In

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 1997 on CBS
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Boys' Night In
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Matty asks Ben if he and Weitzman can catch a train to a Blackhawks game -- in Detroit. The farthest Ben allows him to travel to see it is their living room sofa. Carl tells Ben that he broke up with Jeanette, and claims he's okay about it. But he isn't okay about it, so Ben helps him partake in his favorite post-breakup, pick-me-up activity: poker. Since he told Matty he's responsible enough to do a lot of grown-up things, if not go to Detroit, Ben agrees to let him, and not James, housesit while he goes over to Carl's for their late-night poker game -- which hurts James feelings when he finds out he doesn't get to babysit that night. After grilling him on what to do in emergency situations, Ben leaves, worried that he made a mistake. Carl, Ben, Alex and Nicole are joined by Carl's co-worker, Doug Baker, and the five of them settle in to play a little poker. Even with Ben's mind centered on Matty, he still manages to beat the cards off the others. Until Alex happens to ask Doug what kind of law he practices, and Doug mentions that the big money is in household accidents. That makes Ben repeatedly call Matty, but since Matty's talking to Weitzman on the phone, Ben can't get through. So he calls their neighbor, Mrs. Martin, and begs her to go over and check up on him. Ben irritates his poker buddies with his constant blabbering about Matty, and soon inadvertently succeeds in breaking the game up early. When it's down to just the two of them, Carl confides in Ben that he regrets breaking up with Jeanette, as he wants to be married. After a thunderstorm hits, Matty gets scared being alone, and calls up James to come spend time with him, since he didn't want his grandpa being all alone himself. When Ben gets home, he tells Matty he did a grown-up thing... but still won't let him go to Detroit. Meanwhile, Ben and Alex meet with eccentric author Jack Powers to discuss their plans for his new Gorillas in the Mist-esque book, "Among the Apes." Jack's been living among the apes for so long that he now acts like one.moreless

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Mystro Clark

Mystro Clark

Doug [Baker]

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Fred Stoller

Fred Stoller

Jack Powers

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Ann Weldon

Ann Weldon

Mrs. Martin

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