The Gregory Hines Show

Season 1 Episode 6

Catcher on the Train

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 1997 on CBS
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Catcher on the Train
Ben's birthday is coming up, and Matty knows just what to get him after Ben spots his favorite author, Samuel Lawrence, sharing a subway car with the Stevensons. Although Samuel wrote the most influential book of Ben's childhood, "Leaving the City," Ben can't bring himself to talk to the elderly writer, since Samuel has quite the reputation for being a recluse. Matty drags Weitzman along to the subway in hopes of running into Samuel again, so he can ask for the man's autograph. Ben is down about his second birthday without Sarah, and doesn't want the gang to throw him a party -- which they do anyway. Matty and Weitzman find Samuel, and Matty asks him to sign Ben's copy of his one and only book. Samuel wants money for the deed, but since the kids don't have enough, he agrees to do it in exchange for Matty's yo-yo. Ben is ecstatic when Matty gives him his gift, but it doesn't end there -- Matty brought home Samuel, as well. The Stevensons share a pizza with the guy, and Carl decides to avenge a "C-" he received in school by trying to get Samuel to look at a paper he wrote on "Leaving the City," to find out whether or not he deserved it. Unfortunately, Ben's birthday gets ruined when he tells the famous author that he's a publisher, and a volatile Samuel yells that publishers are the scum of the earth, forcing Ben to throw his boyhood hero out. But Samuel forgot his bag at the apartment, so Ben decides to do right and return to the subway to wait for Samuel in order to return it to him. Even though Samuel is a bitter, jaded, one-time author who's disowned his past and ultimately refuses to read Carl's paper, the two manage to work out their differences before Ben bids him adieu. And Ben realizes that he can have a happy birthday without Sarah.moreless

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