The Honeymooners

CBS (ended 1978)




  • Season 5 Episode 17: The Babysitter

  • At the end of the episode it is implied that they are going to keep the phone which of course never shows up in future episodes

  • Season 5 Episode 18: The $99,000 Answer

  • During the piano practice session, Ralph correctly guesses all but one of the songs Norton plays on the piano. The last one, however, seems to stump Ralph - while drawing snickers from the audience. The reason this is funny is because the song is none other than "Melancholy Serenade" aka Jackie Gleason's theme song. A little inside joke by The Great One obviously. And in fact, if the viewer freeze frames this scene while Norton is turning over the sheet music to that song, there is a moment when you can clearly see Jackie's head shot on the cover, thus reinforcing that Ed really was blessed with that musical talent.

    Of course, before Ralph gets a chance to correctly identify the song, "Jealous McGarrity" knocks at the door and the boys get distracted from their rehearsing.

  • Season 5 Episode 19: Ralph Kramden, Inc.

  • When Norton faints, he carefully catches his hat to make sure it stays on his head once he hits the floor.

  • Season 5 Episode 20: Young At Heart

  • Ralph asks the counterman for "a couple of cups of coffee," but the man gives him three.

  • Season 5 Episode 21: A Dog's Life

  • Notice that when Ralph says something to the effect that he can't ask Alice for the recipe because she will think it's just another scheme his suit coat is OPEN. In the very next moment his suit coat is BUTTONED.

  • In 2001 WPIX in New York (which has aired Honeymooners episodes ever since the classic 39 were first syndicated) was trying to find lost 16mm footage of a fireplace to revive the station's trademark presentation The Yule Log which had been off the air for 11 years. The original footage was found in WPIX's New Jersey storage warehouse in a film can marked 'The Honeymooners - "A Dog's Life"'. Because of this, when WPIX created a 40th anniversary special for the show in 2006, they called it The WPIX Yule Log - A Log's Life

  • Art Carney flubs his line, and Jackie Gleason has to correct it for him during the dinner table scene where they're naming the new food. (Quotes not verbatim.)

    Ralph: "How about Kranmar's Delicious Mystery Appetizer?"

    Ed: "Yeah, Kranmar's Mystery Delicious-" (Pauses as if he knows he's messed it up but can't quite remember the real thing.)

    Ralph: "No, Delicious Mystery."

    Ed: "Oh, yeah, yeah. Kranmar's Delicious Mystery Appetizer!"

  • Ralph Flubs his line when talking about Alices mom to Mr. Marshall. He says her mother inlaw.

  • Ralph decides to keep the dog at the end as well as some others..they of course never show up in the next episode. Although this is a bit nitpicky I have to give a little space in light of the fact that back in that day TV was fairly new and I don't think they had the total formula down yet

  • Season 5 Episode 25: Pardon My Glove

  • 2 consecutive flubs happen near the end of this episode.

    First, as Andre is being thrown out of the apartment by a steamed Ralph, you can clearly hear Andre say: "I'm through, Mrs. Kranston!!" Kranston? Should've been Kramden obviously.

    And meanwhile, as Andre is leaving, you can see Ralph's hand coming through the "glass" of the window, still holding the glove as well. And what makes this even funnier is that just moments earlier, Jackie made a valiant attempt to feign glass being present by placing his hands flat against the panes, as if there really was glass in the window. Alas, it all goes out the window, so to speak, moments later.

  • Season 5 Episode 26: Young Man With A Horn

  • On Ralphs list, in the bad points he has #6 to fat and #12 is also to fat. To add to that #13 is eats to much

  • Also #20 is to fat as well.

  • Season 5 Episode 27: Head Of The House

  • While cooking dinner, Ralph advises Norton to raise the temperature on the oven: "It'll cook in TWICE the time." Later, he tells Norton to cook the whole box of rice with the justification "If it's too much, I won't eat it." Given the incongruity of this statement (Since when would Ralph decline from eating something?), Gleason must've meant to say something along the lines of "If it's too much, I'll eat it."

  • Season 5 Episode 28: The Worry Wart

  • Norton pours ketchup on his sphgetti. Although he goes thru the motions absolutely nothing comes out.

  • Ralphs says they gave me the horse with the stomach in it's clock then corrects himself and says horse with the clock in it's stomach.

  • Season 5 Episode 29: Trapped

  • Ralph misses the 3 in the corner but takes the next shot.

  • Norton sinks a ball on the break and yet Ralph takes the next turn.

  • Season 5 Episode 35: Mind Your Own Business

  • Notice how after Ed tells Alice that he was fired, and then when Ralph enters the apartment later on, Alice  not only tells Ralph that Ed was fired, but that "he threatened his boss. Told him he had to have a promotion or else" but Ed gave Alice no such details other than that he "had words with his boss, Jim McKeever."

  • Much as Ralph Kramden is famous for the catch phrase: "POW! Right in the kisser!!", this is actually the ONLY episode of the Classic 39 when Jackie actually utters it.

    It was, however, used in many of the so-called "Lost Episodes" before and after the C39 season.

  • Much as Ralph Kramden is famous for the catch phrase: "POW! Right in the kisser!!", this is actually the ONLY episode of the Classic 39 when Jackie actually utters it.

    It was, however, used in many of the so-called "Lost Episodes" before and after the C39 season.

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