The Ropers

ABC (ended 1980)




Episode Guide

    • Old Flames
      Old Flames
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Stanley becomes jealous when Helen insists on reuniting with an old boyfriend who is in town, so he attempts to reconnect with an old girlfriend to get even. In the meantime, David trades Jeffrey's model train set for Stanley's old inner tube.
    • The Party
      The Party
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      The Ropers get into a fight because Helen feels that Stanley is taking her for granted. Stanley attempts to make up by planning a surprise party at the townhouse with the help of his former tenants, Jack Tripper, Janet Wood, and Chrissy Snow.
    • The Other Woman
      The Other Woman
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Helen believes Stanley is having an affair with a woman named Lucille after intercepting a phone call, then thinks her suspicion has been confirmed when she finds them together at a French restaurant. Meanwhile, Jeffrey thinks that strenuous exercise and less sleep will help him land a lucrative sales job.
    • Days of Beer and Rosie
      Days of Beer and Rosie
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Stanley is confronted by a man who contends Stanley is his father, showing him evidence that he spent the night with his mother on V-J Day, exactly nine months before he was born. In the meantime, Jeffrey wants to send his son David to a private school.
    • Man About the House
      Man About the House
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      Anne goes to an out of town baby shower, leaving her not-so-able husband in charge of David. When Jeffrey realizes he's late for an important meeting, he is forced to leave his son in the care of Stanley, not knowing that Stanley has plans to go to a poker game.
    • Power Play
      Power Play
      Season 2 - Episode 3

      Just as Helen's sister Ethel and brother-in-law Hubert are about to arrive for a highly anticipated dinner party, their power is cut off because Stanley didn't to pay the bill. He's determined to keep this fact from Helen and her guests by secretly using the Brookes' kitchen and electricity while they are away visiting Jeffrey's aunt.

    • Baby Talk
      Baby Talk
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      After spending an evening babysitting David Brookes, Helen decides she wants to adopt a child, and Stanley is happy to go along with it because he thinks it'll take her attention away from him. However, they overlook one glaring obstacle.
    • All Around the Clock
      All Around the Clock
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      On their 23rd anniversary, Stanley gives Helen a clock he claims is an antique, and she gives him a smoking pipe. When they discover the Brookes have been robbed, Helen fears she is in possession of their antique clock, and tries to sneak it back into their house.
    • Odd Couples
      Odd Couples
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Stanley claims that a fire that broke out in his kitchen was due to faulty wiring, and Jeffrey fears that property values will plummet if others in the community find out. He invites the Ropers to stay in his home while theirs is repaired, and goes out of his way to accommodate Stanley's increasingly obnoxious behavior in a futile effort to keep him quiet.moreless
    • The Rummage Sale
      The Rummage Sale
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      Helen accidentally donates a box of Stanley's adult magazines to a rummage sale being held at Jeffrey's church. In the meantime, Stanley mourns the death of his pet parakeet.
    • Two for the Road
      Two for the Road
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Jeffrey and Stanley get into big fights with their respective wives and become pals after getting intoxicated at the bar in the community recreation room. Drunken Jeffrey offers to let Stanley use his car the next day, which ultimately results in both men sharing a jail cell.
    • Friends and Neighbors
      Friends and Neighbors
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      The Ropers are invited to the Brookes' for coffee upon moving into their new townhouse, but Stanley would rather take a bath. When he can't find a towel, he locks himself out of the house in nothing but his robe just as a congressman and his wife arrive at the Brookes' for dinner.moreless
    • Four Letter Word
      Four Letter Word
      Season 2 - Episode 21

      Running out of money, Stanley is forced to take a job on the killing floor at his brother-in-law Hubert's meat packing plant. However, he has a change of fortune when he discovers Hubert is secretly planning to take his secretary to Acapulco.

    • Of Mice and Horses
      Of Mice and Horses
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      Helen's sister Ethel is told by their mother that Helen is in possession of a $20,000 figurine from the Ming Dynasty that was handed down from their father, and Ethel is determined to get it for herself before Helen realizes its value. Meanwhile, Anne wants to get David a white mouse to reward him for good grades.moreless
    • Helen Makes Music
      Helen Makes Music
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Helen wants a new electric organ, which Stanley refuses to buy. The Brookes ask her to show a rundown townhouse to a prospective buyer as a favor when an emergency comes up, which results in an unexpected and awkward situation.
    • Family Planning
      Family Planning
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Helen's forgetful mother comes to visit for a week, and unexpectedly announces she's sold her home and never going back. Helen hosts a family meeting with her two sisters, where they fight about where she's going to live.
    • Mother's Wake
      Mother's Wake
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      Helen's mother surprises Helen and her sisters by deciding to hold her own catered wake during her visit at Helen's house. Meanwhile, Jeffrey throws his back out while visiting the Ropers and becomes stuck in one of their chairs.
    • Pal Joey
      Pal Joey
      Season 2 - Episode 9

      Desperate to impress her snobbish sister Ethel, Helen forces Stanley to buy her new furniture by paying his friend Joey $40 to empty out their living room. Joey gives Stanley a great price on a new set of furniture, but panic sets in as Ethel is about to arrive and Helen realizes Stanley just bought Ethel's old furniture.

    • The Skeleton
      The Skeleton
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Jeffrey gets an unexpected visit from his Uncle Bill, who is a hobo. Jeffrey experiences extreme stress and embarrassment when Stanley hires him as a handyman and he attends a political fundraiser that Jeffrey is hosting.
    • Family Feud
      Family Feud
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Stanley and Jeffrey plan to put on a puppet show to celebrate Helen's and David's shared birthdays. When Stanley inadvertently reveals the location of the present Jeffrey planned to surprise David with, a big fight ensues which threatens to ruin David's eighth birthday and destroy Anne's and Helen's friendship.
    • Your Money or Your Life
      Your Money or Your Life
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      After attending the funeral of Stanley's uncle, Helen convinces Stanley to purchase a life insurance policy from Jeffrey. When the results of the physical are delayed without explanation, Stanley fears the worst.
    • And Who's Been Sleeping in My . . . ?

      Stanley and Helen discover a young woman has been living in their upstairs store room for the past two weeks, and Helen tries to convince Stanley to let her stay. In the meantime, Jeffrey decides it's time to teach David about the facts of life.

    • Opportunity Knocks
      Opportunity Knocks
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Getting a lead on a cheap mobile home from former tenant Larry Dallas, Stanley has Jeffrey put his house on the market without telling Helen, who is depressed that no one attended her neighborhood brunch.
    • Jenny's Date
      Jenny's Date
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      Upset that Helen is spending so much time and money fussing over Jenny's appearance, Stanley secretly offers Jeffrey's visiting nephew $50 to take Jenny on a date, much to the chagrin of Jeffrey and Helen.
    • The Doris Letters
      The Doris Letters
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Helen finds a stash of love letters from Stanley to a woman named Doris, and takes him to a marriage counselor. In the meantime, Jeffrey considers getting a vasectomy.
    • Moving On
      Moving On
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Helen falls in love with a townhouse in Chevoit Hills, but Stanley would rather buy a cheap mobile home. He tries to sabotage the deal by convincing the real estate agent, who happens to be president of the homeowner's association and lives next door with his wife and young son, that he would be an unsuitable neighbor.moreless
    • Puppy Love
      Puppy Love
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Stanley loses Muffin, Helen's puppy, and tries to cover it up by purchasing a look-alike puppy. In the meantime, David Brookes wants a puppy of his own.
    • The Other Man
      The Other Man
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Helen tells Stanley she has a Latin lover named Ramon in order to make him jealous. The plan goes awry when Stanley calls her bluff, and Jeffrey and Anne are separately motivated to secretly aid Helen's goal.