Yes, Dear

Season 3 Episode 16

Hustlin' Hughes

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Feb 17, 2003 on CBS

Episode Recap

Jimmy seeks to put a stop to Big Jimmy's lies that he coached Johnny Bench and other baseball legends in the minor leagues, because Dominic believes him the same way he did when he was a child. Remembering how upset he was when he learned the truth at 13, Jimmy confronts his father, calling him on his lies. Even though there's no record of Big Jimmy having coached anywhere -- and there never was a uniform stored in the Hughes' attic like he said there was -- Big Jimmy insists he's telling the truth. Jimmy takes Greg and Dominic to a baseball card convention, where Greg calls his mother to blast her for throwing out his now-valuable collection and Jimmy tries to undo all the coaching tips Big Jimmy gave Dominic. Greg bumps into Johnny Bench, and learns straight from the source that Big Jimmy coached him in Buffalo, after all. Jimmy has to eat crow when Greg introduces him to Johnny, who in turn introduces them both to Ernie Banks and Frank Robinson, both of whom Big Jimmy coached, too. Jimmy feels terrible that his father isn't there for the reunion, so he invites the trio over to play catch up. Back at home, Jimmy, now awestruck, tells Big Jimmy that his word is good enough for him. But at his father's surprise reunion, Jimmy learns even more of the truth -- Big Jimmy stole the Buffalo Bisons' payroll and equipment, and high-tailed on out of there in the team bus, leaving the players stranded in Tennessee. Looking to even the score, Johnny, Ernie and Frank attack both Hughes, leaving them bruised, but with a clearer conscience for Big Jimmy. Since Jimmy always knew that his dad was a thief and a weasel, he decides to let Big Jimmy carry on coaching Dominic, since at least he ain't a liar.
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