The Gregory Hines Show

Season 1 Episode 13

James Stevenson Stands Alone

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 1998 on CBS
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Matty gets a new--and older--Spanish tutor, Maria, but he's too smitten with her to concentrate on the español. James hears from his doctor that he's got bunions which require surgery. He doesn't want to take time off from his old-fashioned barbershop, so Ben offers his and Carl's services in running the place temporarily. The barbershop is exactly as it was when the two last saw it 30 years ago. Complete with James' crochety, old co-worker, Junior Braush... who hates Carl. After he gets a "D" on his Spanish test, Matty isn't content with Ben's suggestion that he find another tutor. While Nicole takes care of a demanding James during his recovery, Matty asks her for advice on how to ask Maria out, as he's not sure if she likes him. Nicole tells him that he can invite her to the restaurant for a grown-up dinner on her. With business at the barbershop nearly dead, Ben advises James that he should think about closing shop, as he's barely breaking even (no thanks to SpeedyCuts opening up at the nearby mall). James doesn't want to retire, but does agree to Ben's second suggestion -- modernize the place. After getting back on his feet, James is frightened by Ben's modern touches, but soon sees his son was right upon learning that most of his clientele are dead, and living customers don't have the patience for his leisurely trims anymore. So he hangs up his scissors. Maria quits tutoring to spend more time at cheerleading practice, but luckily for Matty, she accepts his offer. Although James doesn't think he should interfere, Ben doesn't want to see Matty's heart get broken, yet his words fall on deaf ears. So Matty finds out the hard way that Maria isn't interested on their disastrous date. Ben and Carl throw a going-out-of-business party for James, and all of James' surviving customers show up to brag about his cuts. Their fond memories make Ben and Carl realize how much the shop means to James, and they persuade him to unclose it. And a dejected Matty tells Ben that he was right.moreless

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