The Jeffersons

Season 1 Episode 7

Lionel Cries Uncle

Aired Unknown Mar 01, 1975 on CBS
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Lionel Cries Uncle
Louise is expecting a visit from her Uncle Ward, a man who happens to be a butler. His job is what makes George and Lionel put him down, calling him an "Uncle Tom." Meanwhile, a fight at school prompts Lionel to get kicked out after he gives the principal a half peace sign.moreless

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    Sherman Hemsley

    Sherman Hemsley

    George Jefferson

    Isabel Sanford

    Isabel Sanford

    Louise Jefferson

    Mike Evans

    Mike Evans

    Lionel Jefferson (1975), (1979-1981)

    Paul Benedict

    Paul Benedict

    Harry Bentley (1975-1981), (1983-1985)

    Zara Cully

    Zara Cully

    Mother Olivia Jefferson (1975-1977)

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      • George: This black history really is something, when I was in school, the only black history they had was Little Black Sambo and Black Beauty, a midget and a horse.
        Louise: Well George, I had a better education than you did, I went to all the Disney movies, and I learned about Briar Rabbit and Uncle Rhemus and Zippity Doo Dah.

      • Ward: Now listen, Lionel, in my day the Negros...
        Lionel: Blacks.
        Ward: Lionel, it took us a couple hundred years to go from niggers to coloreds, and 25 more years to go from coloreds to you'll have to excuse me if it takes me a while to get to black. And if it weren't for us Uncle Toms, young bloods like you wouldn't be around today.

      • Louise: I went and I talked to the Dean.
        Lionel: What did you have to go and do that for?
        Louise: Will you just LISTEN? I explained to him what happened and he's a very reasonable man, and he said it wasn't the first time he was flipped half a peace sign.

      • Ward: The original Uncle Tom was a slave named Josiah Henson who marched from Kentucky with his wife and children all the way to Canada, where they started a new life.
        George: How do you know that?
        Ward: I read, I listen, you could try that did you ever hear about the Underground Railroad?
        George: Yeah.
        Ward: Well Josiah helped over 100 slaves get to freedom before there ever was an Underground Railroad. And I'll tell you, George, you are NOT a man I would call Uncle Tom.

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