List of The Jeffersons episodes

The following is a list of episodes of the American television sitcom The Jeffersons. A total of 253 episodes were produced and aired on CBS from January 18, 1975, to July 2, 1985, spanning a total of 11 seasons.

Series overview edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
113January 18, 1975 (1975-01-18)April 12, 1975 (1975-04-12)427.6
224September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)March 6, 1976 (1976-03-06)2121.5
324September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25)April 11, 1977 (1977-04-11)2421.0
426September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)March 4, 1978 (1978-03-04)52[1]17.6[1]
524September 20, 1978 (1978-09-20)April 18, 1979 (1979-04-18)49[2]17.4[2]
624September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23)April 13, 1980 (1980-04-13)824.3
720November 2, 1980 (1980-11-02)March 29, 1981 (1981-03-29)623.5
825October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04)May 16, 1982 (1982-05-16)323.4
927April 18, 1982 (1982-04-18)May 1, 1983 (1983-05-01)1220.0[a]
1022October 2, 1983 (1983-10-02)May 6, 1984 (1984-05-06)1916.6
1124October 14, 1984 (1984-10-14)July 2, 1985 (1985-07-02)5013.2

Episodes edit

Season 1 (1975) edit

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11"A Friend in Need"Jack SheaT : Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernie West;
S/T : Barry Harman & Harve Brosten
January 18, 1975 (1975-01-18)

The Jeffersons have moved on up and are now enjoying living in their new high-rise apartment. Louise has made a new friend in Diane Stockwell, who is having a hard time believing that George made his way up the ladder without doing anything shady. However, bigger problems are brewing when George insists that Louise hire a maid but Louise is totally against the idea.

Note: This episode was remade as part of 2019's Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons.

Recording Date: December 13, 1974
22"George's Family Tree"Jack SheaPerry Grant & Dick BensfieldJanuary 25, 1975 (1975-01-25)
The Willises give Louise and George a piece of primitive African art, as a housewarming gift, which leads to the discussion of family roots. This leads George to discover his family roots, from an African tribe believed to be kings.
33"Louise Feels Useless"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellFebruary 1, 1975 (1975-02-01)
Louise is having a hard time getting used to her new wealthy lifestyle and the boredom that comes along with it. She begins trying to talk George into letting her work in the store in the building but he is totally against it. This leads her to inadvertently get a job with another cleaning business and George hits the ceiling when he learns the news. That is until he begins thinking of using her position for sabotage.
44"Lionel, the Playboy"Jack SheaRoger Shulman & John BaskinFebruary 8, 1975 (1975-02-08)

Lionel's new wealthy lifestyle begins to have an effect on him and a carefree attitude begins to be seen by his family. He stays out all night every night and cuts class. This leads to him debating whether or not to drop out of college.

Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover do not appear in this episode
55"Mr. Piano Man"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellFebruary 15, 1975 (1975-02-15)
George refuses to participate in a tenants' meeting until he learns the Mr. Whittendale will be there. George has hopes of doing business with the man. Meanwhile, George's want for a grand piano becomes a burden during the meeting.
66"George's Skeleton"Jack SheaT : Lloyd Turner, Gordon Mitchell;
S/T : Erik Tarloff
February 22, 1975 (1975-02-22)

An old friend of George's, Monk Davis, drops in after learning of George's newfound success. However, Monk has more on his mind than just a friendly visit.

Guest Star: Moses Gunn
77"Lionel Cries Uncle"Jack SheaS : Jim Carlson;
T : Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell
March 1, 1975 (1975-03-01)
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.
88"Mother Jefferson's Boyfriend"Jack SheaGordon Farr & Arnold KaneMarch 8, 1975 (1975-03-08)
George learns of Mother Jefferson's intentions of marriage and is totally against the idea, thinking her fiancee is after his money.
99"Meet the Press"Jack SheaDixie Brown GrossmanMarch 15, 1975 (1975-03-15)
Wanting publicity for his stores, George tries to get in on a reporter's series of stories on successful black businessmen. However, once he finally gets the reporter to make an appearance he finds it difficult to hold his attention, with the Willises and Mr. Bentley hanging around.
1010"Rich Man's Disease"Jack SheaBruce HowardMarch 22, 1975 (1975-03-22)
With the doctor's diagnosis that George has an ulcer, Louise tries to do everything to not allow George to become upset. The task proves difficult with Harry, Tom, and Helen dropping in.
1111"Former Neighbors"Jack SheaArt Baer & Ben JoelsonMarch 29, 1975 (1975-03-29)
George comes home one evening with news an important potential client is coming over for dinner. However, Louise has news too. Some old friends of the Jeffersons are coming over, friends whom George is afraid will embarrass him in front of his pompous client.
1212"Like Father, Like Son"Jack SheaFrank TarloffApril 5, 1975 (1975-04-05)
Louise becomes concerned when she sees Lionel beginning to act more like his father. Things come to a head when Lionel tries to get Jenny a seat on a campaign committee by using bribery. Meanwhile, Tom and Helen are at odds when they each back opposing candidates.
1313"Jenny's Low"Jack SheaJohn AshbyApril 12, 1975 (1975-04-12)

Jenny's globe-trotting brother surprises his family with a visit home. While Tom and Helen, debate on the reason for Allan staying away so long, Jenny is anything but happy about his visit and her reason has nothing to do with staying away for so long.

Guest Star: Andrew Rubin

Season 2 (1975–76) edit

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141"A Dinner for Harry"Jack SheaDon Nicholl, Michael Ross & Bernie WestSeptember 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)
It's Harry Bentley's birthday and the Jeffersons are planning a birthday party at their apartment. However, the joyous occasion is anything but when Tom arrives wearing the same dinner jacket as George. Meanwhile, Helen keeps the fact that she was mugged from Tom due to the fact that Tom is at the end of his rope with New York.
152"George's First Vacation"Jack SheaFrank TarloffSeptember 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)
George doesn't know what to do with himself on a Sunday, the only day of the week George doesn't work. Tom quickly points out the obvious that George is a workaholic. Just to spite him, George decides to show him that he can relax and decides to book him and Louise on a cruise. However, Louise and George find themselves with a problem, Mother Jefferson has invited herself along.
163"Louise's Daughter"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganSeptember 27, 1975 (1975-09-27)

When a young woman shows up at the Jefferson's door with the news that she thinks that she's Louise's daughter, George has a fit and begins to doubt Louise. Especially since the young woman was born while George was in the Korean War.

Note: Damon Evans joins the cast as the new Lionel Jefferson.
174"Harry and Daphne"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellOctober 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)

Harry is sure that his latest girlfriend, Daphne is going to pop the question and doesn't have the heart to let her down. So he bolts to Jefferson's bathroom. Meanwhile, George tries to handle an inspector who's inspecting one of George's stores. However, George's method to avoid paying a fine by blackmailing the inspector doesn't go over too well.

Guest star: René Auberjonois
185"Mother Jefferson's Fall"Jack SheaErik TarloffOctober 11, 1975 (1975-10-11)
After being ignored, a hurt Mother Jefferson fakes a fall and gets all the attention she wants, and proves to be an even bigger burden to Louise than usual.
196"Jefferson vs. Jefferson"Jack SheaArthur Marx & Bob FisherOctober 18, 1975 (1975-10-18)
Things aren't going too well for George and Louise on their anniversary. First, Louise must contend with the unwelcome Mother Jefferson, and then she must contend with George's odd anniversary gift, bicycles. She quickly learns his motive for buying them, to meet Mr. Whittendale.
207"Uncle Bertram"Jack SheaDon Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernie West, Lloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellOctober 25, 1975 (1975-10-25)
Mother Jefferson encounters a masher in the elevator and later discovers he's Jenny's uncle. Things get out of hand when she locks him out on the balcony. Meanwhile, George wants to buy antique furniture, much to Louise's dismay.
218"Movin' on Down"Jack SheaKen Levine & David IsaacsNovember 1, 1975 (1975-11-01)
George is sure that he's movin' back down the ladder after some financial setbacks. His worries soon turn into nightmares and with both Lionel asking for money and Florence asking for a raise, George's worries don't appear to be ending anytime soon.
229"George Won't Talk"Jack SheaJohn AshbyNovember 8, 1975 (1975-11-08)

George is excited about being invited to speak in front of some youths about his success, that is until he discovers the place he is to speak at is in Harlem. Later, George's fears are justified when the delivery van is looted.

Guest stars: Robert Guillaume and Ernest Thomas
2310"Jenny's Grandparents"Jack SheaJames RitzNovember 15, 1975 (1975-11-15)
Jenny is tired of the bickering between her two grandfathers who have been against each other ever since Tom and Helen wed. So this leads Jenny, Louise, and Mother Jefferson to concoct a scheme to get the two together at the Jeffersons' apartment since neither of the grandfathers will set foot in the Willises' apartment.
2411"George's Best Friend"Jack SheaT : Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell;
S/T : Calvin Kelly
November 22, 1975 (1975-11-22)

George's old navy buddy, Wendell comes for a visit and immediately begins makes passes at Louise. Louise quickly finds herself in a difficult situation, especially since she likes the unexpected attention, since George has recently not been spending any time with her.

Guest star: Louis Gossett Jr.
2512"George and the Manager"Jack SheaT : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan;
S/T : Don Boyle
November 29, 1975 (1975-11-29)
George needs a new manager for his store on the first floor in the apartment building. However, the person who's the most qualified for the job he refuses to hire for two reasons, she's a woman and she's white.
2613"George's Alibi"Jack SheaSandy KrinskiDecember 6, 1975 (1975-12-06)
Lionel is in a car accident with the van which results in a broken headlight and dented fender. When Lionel doesn't tell George about it, George becomes convinced he was in an accident which could get him in trouble with the mob.
2714"Lunch with Mama"Jack SheaDon Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernie West, Lloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellDecember 13, 1975 (1975-12-13)
Louise realizes that Mother Jefferson has a stronghold on George when he refuses to cancel a monthly lunch with his mother and go with Louise to a funeral for a family friend.
2815"George vs. Wall Street"Jack SheaGeorge BurdittDecember 20, 1975 (1975-12-20)
A late phone call makes George wide-awake when he learns that a flood in Illinois will cause his investment in the stock market to go through the roof. However, George himself is the one through the roof when he learns that Lionel turned down an engineering job which quickly leads to a Jefferson/Willis fight at the Willises' apartment.
2916"The Break-Up: Part 1"Jack SheaDixie Brown GrossmanJanuary 3, 1976 (1976-01-03)
Lionel is desperate to pass a course but his odds are slim his passing hinges on a paper he has to write about homosexuality. This leads George to buy a term paper for him, but this leads to a tremendous blow up ending with Jenny and Lionel breaking up and Louise and Helen ending their friendship.
3017"The Break-Up: Part 2"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellJanuary 10, 1976 (1976-01-10)
Tom and Helen debate on whether or not to take the first step and try to patch things up with George and Louise while Louise debates the same thing. Meanwhile, Lionel makes a final decision about whether or not to use the ready made term paper, and George's attempt to help Lionel move on from Jenny puts him in hot water.
3118"Florence's Problem"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganJanuary 24, 1976 (1976-01-24)
Florence goes on a cleaning spree in the Jefferson's apartment as well as behaving extremely strange including, kissing Harry and giving away a swimming award to Louise. This leads Louise to believe Florence is contemplating suicide.
3219"Mother Jefferson's Birthday"Jack SheaFred Fox & Seaman JacobsJanuary 31, 1976 (1976-01-31)
Mother Jefferson is all excited about it being her 70th birthday and even more excited about what George is giving her for a gift. However, George and Louise have totally forgotten all about it leading them to scramble to come up with something to please the old biddy.
3320"Louise's Cookbook"Jack SheaS : Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel;
T : Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan, Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell
February 7, 1976 (1976-02-07)
Louise is offered the opportunity to write a cookbook for Tom's publishing company. Pelham Publishing. However, just as she gets started, a green-eyed George tries his best to put an end to her cookbook.
3421"George Meets Whittendale"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellFebruary 14, 1976 (1976-02-14)
George is excited that he's going to finally meet Mr. Whittendale, however a previous engagement with Harry could foil George's plans. Things get even worse for George when he becomes trapped in the bathroom with Tom and Helen.
3522"Lionel's Problem"Jack SheaS : Mia Abbott;
T : James Ritz
February 21, 1976 (1976-02-21)
Prior to his graduation from college, Lionel takes to drinking to ease the pressure of his expected success. Things come to a head when, on the day of his graduation, comes home drunk.
3623"Tennis, Anyone?"Jack SheaSandy VeithFebruary 28, 1976 (1976-02-28)
George is all excited to be the newest member of an exclusive tennis club. However, the real reasons for his induction slowly come to the surface after he meets the club's towel "boy."
3724"The Wedding"Jack SheaJohn Donley, Lloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellMarch 6, 1976 (1976-03-06)
After reading an article about Harry Belafonte renewing his marriage vows, George decides to do the same thing. However, Louise has second thoughts when she gets into an argument with George over her being an equal partner in Jefferson Cleaners.

Season 3 (1976–77) edit

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381"George and the President"Jack SheaHoward Albrecht & Sol WeinsteinSeptember 25, 1976 (1976-09-25)
George's rival in the dry cleaning business, Cunnigham, is running a campaign due to the Bicentennial celebration. This prompts George to come up with his own campaign and decides to dress up as Thomas Jefferson to lure in new customers.
392"Louise Gets Her Way"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellOctober 2, 1976 (1976-10-02)
Florence breaks down and tells Louise that she's losing her apartment due to the fact that the building is going to be torn down, this leads Louise to offer Florence a live-in maid position at the Jeffersons. Now the only problem is to get George to allow her to accept the job.
403"Louise Suspects"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellOctober 9, 1976 (1976-10-09)
George is sneaking around trying to hide the fact that he's opening another store. He goes so far as to convince Louise he's having an affair after she discovers a love letter she thinks is to him from a woman named Adele. However, Adele is really Bentley's girlfriend, and Adele wrote the letter to Bentley.
414"The Lie Detector"Jack SheaTedd Anasti & David TalismanOctober 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)
Lionel is ecstatic about his first day at his new job. However, when he is forced to take a lie detector test to verify everything in his portfolio, he promptly quits. Meanwhile, Louise and George plan for a family portrait to be taken.
425"George's Diploma"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellOctober 23, 1976 (1976-10-23)
George sets out to get a diploma after Lionel lies about George's education to his college pals saying he graduated from Harvard.
436"The Retirement Party"Jack SheaDixie Brown GrossmanOctober 30, 1976 (1976-10-30)
George is ready to sell out to a big corporation after a company makes him a lucrative offer. This would make him a vice president however, after reading over a booklet on the rules and regulations, George discovers that this would also mean some of his best workers will be forced into retirement.
447"Lionel's Pad"Jack SheaBooker Bradshaw & Kurt TaylorNovember 10, 1976 (1976-11-10)
When Lionel decides to move into his own apartment, Louise and George are not too happy. However, when they find out who Lionel's roommate will be, they really lose their cool.
458"Tom the Hero"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganNovember 17, 1976 (1976-11-17)
George becomes indebted to Tom after he gives George the Heimlich Maneuver at Charile's bar, when George begins to choke on some popcorn. However, George quickly finds away to end the debt after everyone makes a fuss over Tom's good deed.
469"Jenny's Discovery"Jack SheaBob BaublitzNovember 24, 1976 (1976-11-24)
Jenny comes down with a case of premarital jitters and begins to doubt her feelings for Lionel. However, her feelings are tested when George, Tom and Lionel all appear to have been in a bus crash on their way to a football game.
4710"The Agreement"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellDecember 8, 1976 (1976-12-08)
George interferes in Lionel and Jenny's relationship by suggesting to Lionel that he have Jenny sign a prenuptial agreement. This leads Jenny and Lionel to get into an argument which ends in them calling off the wedding.
4811"Florence in Love"Jack SheaS : Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff;
T : Richard Freiman & Stephen Young
December 15, 1976 (1976-12-15)
One early morning, Louise and George are startled to discover a man in the kitchen, it isn't until after George threatens to beat him with a trophy, he learns that Florence let him spend the night.
4912"The Christmas Wedding"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganDecember 22, 1976 (1976-12-22)
Christmas Eve brings disharmony to the Jefferson household when George argues with Tom over the preparations for Lionel and Jenny's wedding which is to take place that evening.
5013"Louise Forgets"Jack SheaBill DavenportJanuary 5, 1977 (1977-01-05)
Louise is reading a book to try to help her to remember things, but the one thing George doesn't want her to forget, she does. She forgets to call his broker to invest some money, after he gets a stock tip. Meanwhile, Florence takes a Judo class.
5114"Bentley's Problem"Jack SheaLloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellJanuary 12, 1977 (1977-01-12)
Harry is having a problem with the person who parks his car next to him in the garage. Seeking advice, Harry goes to George. However, George's advice lands Harry in jail, after he punches a police officer. Meanwhile, Louise is looking forward to a trip to California.
5215"Jefferson Airplane"Jack SheaS : Brian Levant;
T : Dixie Brown Grossman
January 17, 1977 (1977-01-17)

Louise is fed up with George's workaholic attitude and urges him to get a hobby. However, the hobby he chooses has her worried sick, he's decided to take up flying.

Note: The show has moved to Monday nights
5316"George's Guilt"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganJanuary 24, 1977 (1977-01-24)
George feels guilty for not saying in touch with the members of a childhood gang, after the death of one of the members. This leads George to hold a reunion at the apartment which also leads to a confrontation with the leader, JoJo.
5417"A Case of Black and White"Jack SheaFred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs, Lloyd Turner & Gordon MitchellJanuary 31, 1977 (1977-01-31)
George's latest business deal is with a black man married to a white woman, so when he invites them over for dinner, he also has Tom and Helen come over, to make it look like he doesn't have racial prejudices. However, when Tom and Helen discover the plot, they storm out before the guests have arrived. This leads to George having Florence and Ralph impersonate Tom and Helen.
5518"Louise vs. Jenny"Jack SheaJohn AshbyFebruary 7, 1977 (1977-02-07)
Lionel falls ill while visiting his parents and Louise goes all out to take care of him. When Jenny comes over, she wants to take care of her sick husband which leads to a battle between who gets to take care of him, Lionel's mother or Lionel's wife.
5619"The Marriage Counselors"Jack SheaJohn V. HanrahanFebruary 21, 1977 (1977-02-21)

After learning that Tom and Helen are taking a course on how to improve their marriage, and seeing their results, Louise tries to get George to take the course with her. However, George refuses to consider the possibility that their marriage could use improvement.

  • Recording date: January 25, 1977[3]
5720"Louise's Friend"Jack SheaT : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan;
S/T : Richard Freiman & Stephen Young
February 28, 1977 (1977-02-28)

Louise is taking French lessons and makes a friend with one of her classmates. However, when George discovers that her friend is a man, he is furious and can't believe that a woman can be just good friends with a man. This leads to yet another argument which leaves George sleeping on the couch.

Guest star: Hal Williams
5821"The Old Flame"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganMarch 7, 1977 (1977-03-07)
Mother Jefferson invites a secret guest over for dinner and Louise and George are curious. When George learns that the guest is his old girlfriend, Harriet Johnson, he goes all out getting ready. However, George quickly learns Harriet has her own secret agenda.
5922"Jenny's Opportunity"Jack SheaS : Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff;
T : Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell
March 21, 1977 (1977-03-21)
Jenny has just won a scholarship to study for the summer at Oxford in England. Lionel thinks it would be a great experience for Jenny, that is until he learns his company won't transfer him there.
6023"George the Philanthropist"Jack SheaDennis Koenig & Larry BalmagiaMarch 28, 1977 (1977-03-28)
George is running for a prestigious award and is out to beat a fierce competitor by pledging more to a charity than his competitors. He pledges his money to open up a youth center in Harlem, however, when he learns he lost, he plans to withdraw his pledge.
6124"Louise's Physical"Jack SheaLloyd Turner, Gordon Mitchell, Jay Moriarty & Mike MilliganApril 11, 1977 (1977-04-11)
George, Tom, Helen, Harry, and Florence are all sneaking around to set up a surprise birthday party for Louise. However, Louise is not exactly in a party mood after she comes back from a checkup at the doctor's office.

Season 4 (1977–78) edit

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621"The Grand Opening"Jack SheaJay Moriarty, Mike Milligan, Roger Shulman & John BaskinSeptember 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)

While George is in Charlie's bar getting ready to celebrate the opening of his new office, two men overhear him bragging about his wealth and decide to ransack his apartment. The celebration quickly cools, however, with the news that Louise has been kidnapped for ransom. But while George is hurrying to gather the ransom money for her safe return, both he and the kidnappers learn they have the wrong person when Louise returns to the apartment.

(Notes: Marla Gibbs has officially become a regular cast member, and the series is now airing on Saturdays.)
643"Once a Friend"Jack SheaMichael S. Baser & Kim WeiskopfOctober 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
George is excited when he learns that an old Navy pal is in town and wants him to stop by at his hotel for a visit. However, the old pal, whom George knew as Eddie Stokes has a big surprise for George: her name is now "Edie" and has become a trans woman (Veronica Redd), which creates a mess of misunderstandings between George and Louise who thinks he's cheating on her.
654"George's Help"Jack SheaPatt Shea & Jack SheaOctober 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
Helping out at the Help Center, puts Louise in the middle of a new program which gives street kids jobs with businesses. This leads to a street kid getting a job at one of George's stores and soon George discovers an expensive suede jacket is missing.
665"George's Legacy"Jack SheaDon SegallOctober 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
George insists on being immortalized and devises ways of how to go about doing it. He finally decides to have a bust made of himself. However, his family and friends consider the bust a hilarious joke.
676"Good News, Bad News"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganOctober 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
Louise eyes a job opening at the Help Center, which would make her editor of the Help Center newsletter. However, when her supervisor discovers how much experience Helen has, she is hired, leaving a jealous Louise on the sideline.
687"The Visitors"Jack SheaRoger Shulman & John BaskinOctober 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
George and Louise have two unexpected house guests when Florence's parents come for a visit. Their constant bickering keeps George, Louise and Florence up all night, and proves to be a burden on the Jefferson household.
698"The Camp-Out"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganNovember 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
To avoid a weekend visit from his mother, George leaves Louise to deal with her when he decides to take an unexpected camping trip with Marcus.
709"The Last Leaf"Jack SheaLaura LevineNovember 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)

When Louise loses her lucky wedding corsage, she becomes convinced that her marriage is over. This leads George to bend over backwards to prove that their marriage is far from over.

(Note: Zara Cully makes her last appearance as Olivia Jefferson.)
7110"Louise's New Interest"Jack SheaOlga VallanceNovember 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
Louise's latest interest is working at a museum, where she is invited to go on an archeological dig. However, the only people going on the trip are her and her attractive supervisor, a fact that she keeps from George.
7211"The Costume Party"Jack SheaMartin DonovanNovember 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
Louise and George are invited to a costume ball hosted by an organization that promotes inter-racial peace and inter-racial marriages. When George learns this, he is set against attending, but gets an idea that would drum up work for his dry cleaning business.
7312"Florence Gets Lucky"Jack SheaBob DeVinneyDecember 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
George is once again pursuing a big business deal. However, when negotiations don't appear to be going his way, he gets Florence to constantly insult him, because the only thing the man with whom he's doing business enjoys is Florence's sharp tongue.
7413"George Needs Help"Jack SheaRoger Shulman & John BaskinDecember 10, 1977 (1977-12-10)
Louise is fed up with George's constant working, which leaves little time to spend with her, leading her to try to get George to hire a general manager, something he's set against.
7514"The Jefferson Curve"Jack SheaPaul M. Belous & Robert WolterstorffDecember 17, 1977 (1977-12-17)
Marcus takes a lesson from George and throws a pretty girl the "Jefferson curve," which is to bend the truth to get what you want, telling the girl that he's Lionel. This eventually leads George and Louise to believe that Lionel is having an affair.
7615"984 W. 124th Street, Apt. 5C"Jack SheaRoger Shulman & John BaskinDecember 24, 1977 (1977-12-24)
It's the Christmas season and the first wedding anniversary of Lionel and Jenny. However, George is sneaking around sending gifts to a mysterious address in Harlem, leading Louise to follow him, and she is shocked at what she discovers.
7716"George and Whitty"Jack SheaHoward Albrecht & Sol WeinsteinJanuary 7, 1978 (1978-01-07)
George and Louise discover that their landlord, Mr. Whittendale, may not be renewing their lease, prompting George and Louise to invite Whittendale over to discuss the matter. However, just before he comes over, Harry drops his ant farm in the middle of the Jeffersons' living room.
7817"Lionel Gets the Business"Bob LallyNancy Vince & Ted DaleJanuary 14, 1978 (1978-01-14)

George is ecstatic when Lionel joins the family business. However, "ecstatic" is not the word to describe George when Lionel begins making major changes, and even puts into effect a half-price sale, a change that could put George out of business.

(Note: Damon Evans makes his final appearance as Lionel Jefferson.)
7918"The Blackout"Jack SheaRichard B. EckhausJanuary 21, 1978 (1978-01-21)
A blackout prompts George to rush down to one of his stores when he hears about looting in the area. Once there, George and Marcus try to save some of the clothes from the looters, but they are arrested by mistake, landing them in jail.
8019"Florence's Union"Jack SheaS : Patt Shea & Jack Shea;
T : Andy Guerdat & Steve Kreinberg
January 28, 1978 (1978-01-28)

Florence is named the head of the maids union in the building and wants to hold a meeting in the Jeffersons' apartment. George is all for it until he discovers, H.L. Whittendale is set against it, prompting Louise and Florence to get George out of the apartment for the evening so the meeting can be held.

(Note: Jack Fletcher makes his first appearance as Mr. Whittendale. Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover, Berlinda Tolbert, and Paul Benedict do not appear in this episode.)
8120"George and Jimmy"Jack SheaRichard FreimanFebruary 4, 1978 (1978-02-04)
After learning that Jimmy Carter stays at the homes of "ordinary people" while on trips, George intends to invite him to stay at the Jeffersons' abode. However, Secret Service agents show up at the Jeffersons' door after George makes a phone call to the White House that sounds like a threat to the president.
8221"Thomas H. Willis and Co."Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganFebruary 11, 1978 (1978-02-11)
Helen is excited for Tom when he plans on starting his own publishing firm. However, her happiness turns to anger when she gets into a fight with George, then later finds out Tom is going to get George to co-sign a loan.
8322"Uncle George and Aunt Louise"Jack SheaRoger Shulman & John BaskinFebruary 18, 1978 (1978-02-18)

George and Louise have a house guest: George's nephew Raymond (Gary Coleman) is staying with them for six weeks and proves to be a handful. When George's attempts to entertain Raymond fail, George takes him horseback riding but when that fails, Raymond runs away.

Note: This is the only time that George’s brother Henry is mentioned in the entire series.
8423"George and Louise in a Bind"Jack SheaJim RogersFebruary 25, 1978 (1978-02-25)

Louise and George have another one of their infamous fights, which results in Louise storming off to the Willises'. Soon after she leaves, a burglar holds George hostage and ties him up. Louise is also tied up when she returns, which leads to George and Louise reminiscing about their lives and the time they've spent together. Numerous clips are shown from both The Jeffersons and All in the Family.

(Note: Three days after this 90-minute episode aired, actress Zara Cully, who portrayed Mother Jefferson, died at age 86.)
8726"Jenny's Thesis"Jack SheaPaul M. Belous & Robert WolterstorffMarch 4, 1978 (1978-03-04)
Jenny needs a topic for a thesis that she's writing. However, her idea could lead her into danger when she chooses the topic of street gangs. This leads her to go to Harlem and meet Marcus. Unknown to her, Tom and George are following her.

Season 5 (1978–79) edit

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881"Louise's Painting"Jack SheaNancy Vince & Ted DaleSeptember 20, 1978 (1978-09-20)
Prompted by Helen, Louise begins taking an art class. However, when George discovers she's been sketching models who pose in the nude, he tries to get her to stop attending class.
892"The Homecoming: Part 1"Jack SheaJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganSeptember 27, 1978 (1978-09-27)

George decides that he needs a cleaning factory and sets out to find a place for it. Meanwhile, Allan Willis returns to New York and learns that he has inherited a warehouse from his grandfather. Seeing that Allan's warehouse would be perfect for his factory, George goes all out to try to get it, even allowing Alan to move in with the Jeffersons due to squabbling between Alan and Tom.

(Note: Jay Hammer makes his first appearance as Alan Willis. Also, this episode is the first to acknowledge the death of Zara Cully ["Mother Jefferson"].)
903"The Homecoming: Part 2"Jack SheaT : Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff;
S/T : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan
October 4, 1978 (1978-10-04)
Alan moves in with the Jeffersons and George continues his efforts to get the warehouse for himself. Meanwhile, battles with the landlord prompt Louise and Helen to try to find a better location for the Help Center.
914"How Slowly They Forget"Jack SheaS : Erwin Washington;
T : Nancy Vince & Ted Dale
October 11, 1978 (1978-10-11)
Louise has been trying to get a permit for the Help Center, but she hasn't been able to make any progress with the bank. Georges goes to the bank and discovers that the banker is an old U.S. Navy pal of his, one who still holds a grudge over some trickery George pulled on him back in their Navy days.
925"George's Dream"Jack SheaBob BaublitzOctober 18, 1978 (1978-10-18)
Workaholic George falls asleep in his office, one evening, and has a dream that takes him to the year 1996. In the dream, Amy Carter is president of the United States; Louise is celebrating the 25th anniversary of George's business, who isn't there celebrating since he passed on a few years earlier; Florence, Helen and Tom Willis are considerably older; Ralph owns the apartment building; Leroy is a financial genius who owns Jefferson Cleaners; and Bentley is still the same.
936"George's New Stockbroker"Jack SheaT : Bryan Joseph, Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan;
S/T : Jim Rogers
November 1, 1978 (1978-11-01)
George's new stockbroker is quite a ventriloquist, after he introduces the Jeffersons to his dummy, J.P. However, George has second thoughts about him after he learns that he has spent time in a mental institution.
947"Me and Billy Dee"Jack SheaS : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan;
T : Bryan Joseph
November 4, 1978 (1978-11-04)
At the last minute, George's speaker at a benefit cancels, which leaves him scrambling to find a celebrity to speak. He sets out to rope Billy Dee Williams into speaking, even considering getting a celebrity look-alike. However, George passes himself off as Alex Haley, and Billy Dee agrees to speak. Meanwhile, an excited Florence is let down when she mistakes Billy Dee, her idol, for an impersonator.
958"Half a Brother"Jack SheaBob BaublitzNovember 8, 1978 (1978-11-08)
George is being considered for a position on a bank's board of directors and, when a banker comes over to interview him, Alan and the banker's daughter hit it off. This leads George to worry that, because Alan is half black, this will jeopardize his chances of getting the position.
969"What Are Friends For?"Jack SheaS : Skip Usen;
T : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan
November 22, 1978 (1978-11-22)
George is thrilled to get a visit from his favorite cousin, Dusty. George's thrill turns to shock when Dusty asks George for a kidney, since his are failing, leading George to take a long hard look at the pros and cons of parting with one of his organs.
9710"George, Who?"Jack SheaChristine HoustonNovember 29, 1978 (1978-11-29)
Louise is convinced that she and George are in a routine, something at which George scoffs. However, their routine gets shaken up after Louise is brutally mugged, resulting in her amnesia.
9811"Harry's House Guest"Jack SheaFred S. Fox & Seaman JacobsDecember 13, 1978 (1978-12-13)
Harry practically moves into the Jeffersons' apartment to avoid his annoying house guest, Felicia. George tries to help him out by giving him tips to throw her out, but this results in Felicia thinking that Harry is proposing.
9912"George Finds a Father"Jack SheaT : Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff;
S/T : Kurt Taylor & John Donley
December 20, 1978 (1978-12-20)
The Christmas season brings old friends Buddy and Zeke to the Jefferson apartment. With them comes along a long buried secret, one that George can't handle: Buddy and George's mother were once lovers.
10013"Louise's Sister"Jack SheaBob BaublitzJanuary 3, 1979 (1979-01-03)

George is planning a surprise party for Louise, with the gift of a surprise visit from her sister, Maxine. When Louise has a strange reaction to her sister, George is puzzled. He does not know that her reasons stem from her and Maxine's childhood.

(Note: This is the only time viewers see Louise's sister, Maxine.)
10114"Louise's Reunion"Jack SheaHoward Albrecht & Sol WeinsteinJanuary 10, 1979 (1979-01-10)
On the evening of her class reunion, Louise discovers in George's will that all of his money would go to her on the condition that she never remarries, prompting an argument resulting in Louise attending her reunion without George.
10215"A Bedtime Story"Jack SheaStephen NeigherJanuary 24, 1979 (1979-01-24)
George is trying to hide his impotence from Louise and explores several means to cure his problem, including oysters, medications and even a sex therapist.
10316"Florence Meets Mr. Right"Jack SheaPeter Casey & David LeeJanuary 31, 1979 (1979-01-31)

Florence's meets her latest boyfriend, Buzz Thatcher at church and he proposes marriage, which she happily accepts. However, his outrageous religious attitudes about life give Louise a bad feeling about the whole thing.

(Note: Larry McCormick, then an anchor/reporter for KTLA News, portrayed Thatcher.)
10417"Louise's Award"Jack SheaM. Martez ThomasFebruary 7, 1979 (1979-02-07)
Louise is excited that she's being considered to receive the Volunteer of the Year award due to her work down at the Help Center. However, what she doesn't know is that George is planning to make sure she wins the award by bribing one of the judges.
10518"The Other Woman"Jack SheaS : Jack Shea;
T : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel
February 21, 1979 (1979-02-21)
Tom's business trip sparks an argument between him and Helen, which worsens when she discovers that a beautiful blonde is accompanying him.
10619"The Hold Out"Jack SheaS : Bernard Burnell Mack;
T : Bryan Joseph
February 28, 1979 (1979-02-28)
George becomes the holdout when he refuses to sell his first store to a company who is buying up all the buildings on the block. His strategy is to hold out to increase the offer, despite the fact that the company plans to build an expensive apartment building, which would put those living there now out on the street.
10720"The Ones You Love"Jack SheaStephen NeigherMarch 7, 1979 (1979-03-07)
Tom and Alan's fight causes a fight to erupt between George and Louise on the same evening that a reporter from Black Life Magazine is to interview them on the subject of happily married life.
10821"Every Night Fever"Jack SheaBryan JosephMarch 28, 1979 (1979-03-28)
Louise turns down an offer to perform in a play being put on by the Help Center because she wants to spend her evenings with George. However, after an evening at a disco, George catches disco fever and begins spending all night every night at the local disco.
10922"Three Faces of Florence"Jack SheaS : Bernard Burnell Mack;
T : Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff
April 4, 1979 (1979-04-04)
Florence is reading a novel in which a woman pretends to be different people, giving Florence the idea to act like different people herself to attract men. While down at the Help Center, she tries it out on a man who, unknown to her, is a psychiatrist, who becomes convinced Florence has multiple personalities.
11023"Louise's Convention"Jack SheaPaul M. Belous & Robert WolterstorffApril 11, 1979 (1979-04-11)

Helen gives Louise the news that both of them have been invited to California to attend a convention. However, the planned trip coincides with the date of her wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, George mistakenly plans a business meeting on his anniversary. Later at home, he happily allows Louise to go to California, and his joy arouses suspicions in her.

(Notes: Sheryl Lee Ralph makes a guest appearance, and Jay Hammer makes his final appearance as Allan Willis.)
11124"The Freeze-In"Jack SheaT : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel;
S/T : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan
April 18, 1979 (1979-04-18)
When the heat goes out in a few of the apartments in the building, Harry, Tom and Helen convene at the Jeffersons' heated apartment, causing cramped space and sore feelings.

Season 6 (1979–80) edit

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1121"The Announcement"Bob LallyJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganSeptember 23, 1979 (1979-09-23)

Lionel and Jenny have some wonderful news: Jenny is pregnant. However, they only share the news with Tom and Helen, because Lionel doesn't want George making jokes about what color the baby will be. However, when Florence overhears the news, she accidentally lets slip to Louise who, in turn, tells George, which leads to yet another argument.

(Notes: The series is now airing on Sundays until January 1985. Mike Evans returns to the role of Lionel Jefferson, the character he originated.)
1132"A Short Story"Bob LallyNeil LebowitzSeptember 30, 1979 (1979-09-30)
George is ecstatic when he learns he's been named Small Businessman of the Year. However, Louise quickly learns that the basis of the award is purely physical: the award is to honor short businessmen.
1143"Louise's Old Boyfriend"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelOctober 7, 1979 (1979-10-07)
Louise is excited when she receives a letter from her old boyfriend, Bill Simpson, asking her out to dinner. However, she decides not to go because she knows George will be upset if she does. Therefore, Florence secretly goes out to dinner with Bill and pretends to be Louise, but things get really confusing for Bill when Louise changes her mind and shows up with George in tow.
1154"Now You See It, Now You Don't: Part 1"Bob LallyT : Mary-David Sheiner;
S/T : Sheila Judis Weisberg
October 21, 1979 (1979-10-21)

It's Halloween, and the Jeffersons and the Willises are gearing up for a costume contest. They're each going as old movie stars. Meanwhile, Harry brings his telescope over onto the Jeffersons' balcony to view a specific star, leading to Louise taking a peek, but what she sees is totally unexpected—she sees someone dressed as a rabbit murder someone.

Note : Berlinda Tolbert and Mike Evans do not appear in this episode.
1165"Now You See It, Now You Don't: Part 2"Bob LallyS : Susan Straughn Harris;
T : Peter Casey & David Lee
October 28, 1979 (1979-10-28)

While George and the others are gathered in the bar waiting for the costume contest to start, Louise has a face-to-face confrontation in her apartment with the killer rabbit, who's now planning to make her his second victim.

Note: Berlinda Tolbert and Mike Evans do not appear in the episode.
1176"Where's Papa?"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeNovember 4, 1979 (1979-11-04)
While going through a lot of old items, George and Louise discover an old will which belonged to his father. The will states that his father wanted to be buried next to Mother Jefferson, so George sets out to fulfill his wish, but quickly discovers that this is no easy task.
1187"The Expectant Father"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeNovember 11, 1979 (1979-11-11)
Lionel becomes overwhelmed with advice on being a father when he and Jenny arrive at the Jefferson apartment, which prompts him to storm out.
1198"Joltin' George"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelNovember 18, 1979 (1979-11-18)
George takes Marcus to the gym to teach him how to box, after the boyfriend of a girl that Marcus made a move on beats him up. However, George's big mouth gets him in the ring with another boxer (Luis Avalos), but George is confident that he'll win, since he used to be called "Joltin' George".
1209"Baby Love"Bob LallyJoanne PagliaroDecember 2, 1979 (1979-12-02)
With all the excitement over Jenny's pregnancy, Florence begins to hear her biological clock ticking, prompting her to find a prospective husband and father through a dating service.
12110"Louise vs. Florence"Bob LallyS : Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff;
T : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel
December 9, 1979 (1979-12-09)
Louise is to present a volunteer award and must take care of the engraving on the plaque. However, when Florence takes it to her boyfriend, he misspells the name, leading to a huge fight between Florence and Louise, which results in Louise firing her. When George hires her back to serve some guests he's entertaining, constant bickering erupts.
12211"Me and Mr. G."Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeDecember 30, 1979 (1979-12-30)
Louise is excited when she gets to have an orphan stay at the Jeffersons' apartment for a week. However, when she and Florence go out to the store and leave George in charge, some of his prejudiced attitudes rub off on the impressionable young lady. What was supposed to be a week's stay turns into only a few hours.
12312"One Flew Into the Cuckoo's Nest"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeJanuary 6, 1980 (1980-01-06)
While making a dry cleaning delivery to a mental institution, George is accidentally mistaken as a mental patient when the real patient escapes disguised as George.
12413"Louise's Setback"Bob LallyRobert WolterstorffJanuary 13, 1980 (1980-01-13)
Louise is ecstatic when she learns that a television documentary will be done on the suicide helpline available at the Help Center and she will be interviewed. However, in the midst of all the excitement, Louise inadvertently neglects a teenage girl, who later swallows a bottle of pills.
12514"Brother Tom"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelJanuary 27, 1980 (1980-01-27)
When two old friends of Helen's come for a visit, Tom feels like a "white" outsider in his own home, prompting him to ask George to teach him how to "act black".
12615"The Arrival: Part 1"Bob LallyNeil LebowitzFebruary 3, 1980 (1980-02-03)
George and Louise are disappointed at the news that, if Lionel gets the job for which he's being interviewed, Jenny and he will have to move to Boston. Meanwhile, when Tom comes down with the flu, he can't take Jenny to her Lamaze class, which prompts George to take her. However, when the class is over and everyone has gone, George gets stuck there with Jenny, who has gone into labor.
12716"The Arrival: Part 2"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeFebruary 10, 1980 (1980-02-10)
George rushes Jenny to the hospital as she begins having contractions. Meanwhile, Lionel is offered the job in Boston, and returns from the interview to learn the news that Jenny has gone into labor. At the hospital, the family gathers and George begins to worry about the baby's skin color.
12817"The Shower"Bob LallyAnthony & Celia BonaduceFebruary 17, 1980 (1980-02-17)
George and Louise are happily planning a belated baby shower for Jenny and Lionel. However, as soon as the shower begins, a workaholic Lionel walks out, leaving behind a lonely wife.
12918"The Longest Day"Bob LallyBob BaublitzFebruary 24, 1980 (1980-02-24)
When Louise, Helen, Florence and Jenny go out for the day, George, Tom and Lionel are left to take care of baby Jessica. They soon find out that taking care of a baby is no easy chore, and the Jefferson apartment begins to slowly turn to shambles.
13019"George's Birthday"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelMarch 2, 1980 (1980-03-02)
Louise is planning a surprise party for George's 50th birthday and has invited all of his friends to meet up at the Willises' for the party. Meanwhile, George gets the idea to throw a birthday party for himself and finds all his friends refusing to attend, leading him to wallow in Charlie's bar.
13120"A Night to Remember"Bob LallyS : Stephen A. Miller;
T : Peter Casey & David Lee
March 9, 1980 (1980-03-09)
On their anniversary, George and Louise get into an argument over his honesty, prompting George to storm out to a hotel, and Louise is left to think about George's fidelity. Things get worse when she arrives at his hotel and discovers a young woman in his room.
13221"The Loan"Bob LallyS : Anthony & Celia Bonaduce;
T : Peter Casey & David Lee
March 23, 1980 (1980-03-23)
Lionel and Jenny are excited at the prospect of purchasing a home. However, when the bank turns down their loan application, George, Louise, Helen and Tom each go to the bank to help them get a loan, after each one promises not to interfere.
13322"Louise Takes a Stand"Bob LallyBryan Joseph, Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelMarch 30, 1980 (1980-03-30)
George is excited when he learns he will be able to expand his store on the first floor of the building. However, his excitement starts to dwindle when he learns the expansion means taking over Charlie's bar, since Charlie's lease is not being renewed.
13423"The First Store"Bob LallyJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganApril 6, 1980 (1980-04-06)
As Louise and George look through old photos, they recall George opening his first store in April 1968. His opening coincides with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and, as news of King's death circulates, chaos erupts in the Jeffersons' neighborhood.
13524"Once Upon a Time"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeApril 13, 1980 (1980-04-13)
While babysitting his granddaughter Jessica, George entertains her with his version of King Arthur—"King George". In his tale, King George defends his kingdom from the evil Inflation.

Season 7 (1980–81) edit

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1361"Marathon Men"Bob LallyHoward Bendetson & Bob BendetsonNovember 2, 1980 (1980-11-02)
It's the match of the century as perennial rivals George and Tom make plans to run each other into the ground in a 26-mile marathon. Louise and Helen doubt if they'll survive the strenuous training, much less the race.
1372"The Jeffersons Go to Hawaii: Part 1"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeNovember 9, 1980 (1980-11-09)
After George is told by his doctor that he is at high risk for a heart attack, he and Louise plan a trip to Hawaii. Florence accompanies them and, when they arrive, they encounter Tom and Helen, who are staying at the same hotel and have decided to extend their vacation.
1383"The Jeffersons Go to Hawaii"Bob LallyJay Moriarty, Mike Milligan & Michael G. MoyeNovember 16, 1980 (1980-11-16)
1394"The Jeffersons Go to Hawaii: Part 3"
The Willises' presence in Hawaii threatens to destroy George's plan for a dream vacation with Louise but, despite this, his high blood pressure begins to lower, convincing him that it might be healthy to stay in the islands permanently. Enthusiastic about his idea of remaining in Hawaii permanently, George tries to enlist Tom's help to persuade Louise. Then George and Tom get lost sailing.
1405"The Jeffersons Go to Hawaii: Part 4"Bob LallyJay Moriarty, Mike Milligan & Michael G. MoyeNovember 23, 1980 (1980-11-23)
After their boat capsizes, George and Tom end up on an island where the friendly natives want to stop a greedy real estate developer, who turns out to be the developer with whom George wants to invest.
1416"Put It On"Bob LallyS : Stephanie Haden;
T : Howard Bendetson & Bob Bendetson
November 30, 1980 (1980-11-30)
It could be Full Monty time when Tom and George follow the women to an all-male strip show.
1427"Florence's Cousin"Bob LallyMarshall GoldbergDecember 7, 1980 (1980-12-07)
Florence's cousin Ernie drops by for a "visit". He lies and tells Florence that he needs $1,000 for a record store. Ernie gets the money from George and runs off to Miami with it. Florence winds up working in a restaurant behind George's back to recover the money. When George finds out, he fires Florence. However, after seeing how mean the manager treats her, George decides to hire her back.
1438"All I Want for Christmas"Bob LallyDavid W. Duclon & Ron LeavittDecember 21, 1980 (1980-12-21)
George gets carried away after playing Santa for the orphans at the Help Center and promises them they will get anything they want for Christmas.
1449"Calendar Girl"Bob LallyDavid Silverman & Stephen SustarsicJanuary 4, 1981 (1981-01-04)
George and Louise secretly defy Lionel and Jenny to enter infant Jessica in a contest, then manage to misplace the child in the process.
14510"As Florence Turns"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeJanuary 11, 1981 (1981-01-11)
Florence's vivid imagination transforms the Jeffersons and their friends into characters in a soap opera, in which the evil dry cleaning magnate G.R. (George)(parody of JR Ewing) torments his family and associates to their murderous limits.
14611"God Bless Americans"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeJanuary 18, 1981 (1981-01-18)
George's upcoming appearance on a local television talk show is jeopardized when the super-patriotic host learns that George is sponsoring a Cuban refugee.
14712"Alley Oops"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelJanuary 25, 1981 (1981-01-25)
George's star bowler gets sick before the semi-finals in a bowling tournament and it's up to Tom, who hasn't bowled in 30 years, to save the day.
14813"And the Doorknobs Shined Like Diamonds"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeFebruary 1, 1981 (1981-02-01)
When Louise finds out that the house she grew up in is being torn down, she decides to go back and visit it. She recalls memories from her childhood, including flashback scenes involving her sister Maxine and her mother.
14914"Sorry, Wrong Meeting"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeFebruary 15, 1981 (1981-02-15)
Louise and Florence attend a CPR class, in which they run into members of the Ku Klux Klan. After Tom is robbed, he decides to arrange a tenants meeting. Unaware that it's a KKK meeting, Tom, George and Harry Bentley all attend, and an ugly argument flares up. The leader of the group (James Karen) has a heart attack and George saves him by giving him CPR, but he is ungrateful about it. However, the leader's son (Ike Eisenmann) is appreciative of what George did and, as a result, quits the group.
15015"My Hero"Bob LallyS : David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic;
T : Jerry Perzigian, Donald L. Seigel, Peter Casey & David Lee
February 22, 1981 (1981-02-22)

George basks in the limelight after heroically saving an elderly woman from a mugger and capturing the thug. When the man escapes custody and sets out to get even, George hires a bodyguard.

Guest star: Irwin Keyes as Hugo.
15116"I Buy the Songs"Bob LallyS : Jerry Perzigian, Donald L. Seigel, Peter Casey & David Lee;March 1, 1981 (1981-03-01)
Not only does George fail in comparison to Tom in romantic gifts to his wife, he also forgets Valentine's Day. George makes it up to Louise in a song.
15217"Small Fish, Big Pond"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeMarch 8, 1981 (1981-03-08)
George exaggerates his financial standing to gain membership into one of New York's most exclusive businessmen's clubs and soon finds himself in over his head.
15318"Not So Dearly Beloved"Bob LallyS : Fred S. Fox & Seaman Jacobs;
T : David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic
March 15, 1981 (1981-03-15)
George searches for the right words to express his feelings in a eulogy for an employee who died when George fired him.
15419"Florence's New Job"Bob LallyJay Moriarty & Mike MilliganMarch 29, 1981 (1981-03-29)

Florence is offered a job as an executive housekeeper at the fictional St. Frederick Hotel.

(Note: This episode served as the transition to Marla Gibbs' short-lived spinoff series, Checking In.)

Season 8 (1981–82) edit

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1561"The Separation: Part 1"Bob LallyS : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan;
T : Howard Bendetson & Bob Bendetson
October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04)
Louise and George are heartbroken when they discover Lionel and Jenny are having marital problems that result in a separation, prompting George, Louise, Helen and Tom to convene to try to get them back together.
1572"The Separation: Part 2"Bob LallyS : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan;
T : Nancy Vince & Ted Dale
October 11, 1981 (1981-10-11)
Due to the separation, Lionel is living at home with George and Louise, prompting George to trick a marriage counselor into showing up at the Jeffersons' apartment, with the intention of bringing Lionel and Jenny back together.
1583"Louise's Father"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelOctober 18, 1981 (1981-10-18)
A newspaper photo alerts George to the fact that the man in the photo could very well be Louise's long-lost father, since they both have the same name. Louise refuses to entertain this notion, since she believes that her father died when she was young. However, George learns the truth after visiting the man.
1594"My Maid, Your Maid"Bob LallyPeter Casey, David Lee, Jerry Perzigian, Donald L. SeigelOctober 25, 1981 (1981-10-25)
With Florence working at a new job, Louise and George decide to hire a new maid. However, George and Louise are at odds when they each have separate candidates in mind for the position.
1605"I've Still Got It"Bob LallyFred S. Fox & Seaman JacobsNovember 1, 1981 (1981-11-01)
George has become convinced that age is taking its toll on him, with a receding hairline and larger midsection. In an attempt to revitalize him, Louise sends him some flowers with a seductive note to his office. However, George becomes convinced the flowers are from his secretary.
1616"Florence Did It Different: Part 1"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeNovember 8, 1981 (1981-11-08)
Constant bickering between George and Carmen prompts Louise to tell Carmen how Florence handled George (via flashbacks). However, just as Carmen gets a handle on how to handle George, Florence shows up with news that the hotel burned down and she would like her old job back.
1627"Florence Did It Different: Part 2"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeNovember 15, 1981 (1981-11-15)
When Florence learns the Jeffersons have hired a new maid she decides to let Carmen have the job. However, Carmen doesn't want to take Florence's job away from her so she decides to let her have it. With both Florence and Carmen at odds over who should keep the job, Louise decides to hire them both. However, on the sly, Florence makes plans to get fired.
1638"The House That George Built"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelNovember 29, 1981 (1981-11-29)
George wants everyone to remember him when he dies, so he sets out to remake himself into a legend. First he tries writing a book about his life, but changes his mind and does the unthinkable: he buys a building and turns it into the George Jefferson Museum, complete with exhibits about his life and times.
1649"A Whole Lot of Trouble"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelDecember 6, 1981 (1981-12-06)
Louise is furious when she learns that George is the businessman who plans on building over a local children's playground. However, George has second thoughts after he makes a visit to the playground.
16510"I've Got a Secret"Bob LallyPeter Casey, David Lee, Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelDecember 20, 1981 (1981-12-20)
When George discovers Louise is keeping a diary, he goes all out to try to read it, including staying up all night to try to wriggle it out of Louise's clutches. However, one day when she leaves it unguarded, George takes a peek and is shocked by its contents, which detail a number of affairs that Louise appears to be carrying on.
16611"A Charmed Life"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeDecember 27, 1981 (1981-12-27)
George doesn't understand why he wasn't invited to a posh gala event at the Whittendale apartment, until Tom, Helen, Louise and Florence break the news the Whittendales "hates his guts." Wanting to earn some respect, George takes charm lessons in order to live up to the standards of the behavior of "rich folks."
16712"Thammy the Thongwriter"Bob LallyDavid W. Duclon & Ron LeavittJanuary 3, 1982 (1982-01-03)
George and Louise receive a postcard from Harry, who's been transferred out of the country. Soon after, they meet the man who's moving into Harry's old apartment, a jingle writer whom George tries to get to write a jingle for his business. However, jingles are far from his mind, since he's having marital problems.
16813"I Spy"Bob LallySara V. FinneyJanuary 17, 1982 (1982-01-17)

Helen's comments that Tom hasn't been paying any attention to her fuel George's belief that she is having an affair, especially after he sees her and another man having lunch together, leading George to bring Tom to the restaurant to see for himself.

  • Recording date: November 17, 1981[4]
16914"Dog-Gone"Bob LallyMark Rothman & Jeffrey DuteilJanuary 24, 1982 (1982-01-24)
George has the task of taking care of Mr. Whittendale's wife's pet Doberman. However, when a freak accident occurs ending in the dog's death, George is scared that he will end up on the streets.
17015"Blazing Jeffersons"Bob LallyS : David W. Duclon & Ron Leavitt;
T : Jerry Perzigian, Donald L. Seigel, Peter Casey & David Lee
January 31, 1982 (1982-01-31)

George is distraught when he learns that his Brooklyn store has burned down due to faulty wiring. However, Tom raises his spirits by reminding him that his insurance will cover it by taking to court the person responsible for the faulty wiring. Then George remembers who put in the wiring: Lionel.

(Notes: This is Mike Evans' final appearance as a regular cast member. Evans would return to the show in season 11)
17116"Men of the Cloth"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeFebruary 7, 1982 (1982-02-07)
For Jessica's baptism, Louise wants Florence and her gospel singing group to perform, and Jenny agrees with her. However, George wants someone else and sets out to get Andraé Crouch to perform at the baptism, going so far as to say he is a reverend.
17217"A Case of Self-Defense"Bob LallyJeffrey Richman & Joyce GittlinFebruary 21, 1982 (1982-02-21)
When Lionel's and Jenny's apartment is broken into, George begins to worry that his apartment could just as easily be broken into. His solution: buy a gun, something that Louise is totally against. However, George buys one on the sly, and it later proves to be a dangerous possession.
17318"My Wife, I Think I'll Keep Her"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeMarch 7, 1982 (1982-03-07)
Upset that their husbands do not feel they should be involved in business matters, Louise and Helen move in together, leaving George and Tom to live together in the Jefferson apartment—all this prompted by George not consulting Louise about a commercial he was making and Tom's plans to proceed with publishing a book by written by a sexist.
17419"Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner"Bob LallyBrian Pollack & Rick ShawMarch 14, 1982 (1982-03-14)
Louise, George, Tom and Helen plan a surprise party for Florence to let her know how much they appreciate her friendship. However, when Florence walks in on the planning stages, Tom makes an excuse and tells her she's invited, but only to serve the meal, prompting Florence to drown her sorrows in a $500 bottle of wine George just bought.
17520"The Strays: Part 1"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeMarch 21, 1982 (1982-03-21)
For their anniversary, George decides to replace the setting on Louise's wedding ring. Meanwhile, one of George's messengers is robbed by an all-female street gang, who gets away with the week's proceeds. Trying to combat the gang, George is stabbed and left for dead, but not before they steal Louise's ring.
17621"The Strays: Part 2"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeMarch 28, 1982 (1982-03-28)
Determined to retrieve Louise's ring, a very sore George arrives at the gang's hideout while they are out, only to find that one of the members has stayed behind—and she's also pregnant. When she goes into labor, with no time to call an ambulance, George delivers the baby just as the rest of the gang returns. Thankful that he was there to save the new mother and her baby, the gang leader returns Louise's ring to George.
17722"Jefferson's Greatest Hits"Bob LallyRalph PhillipsApril 11, 1982 (1982-04-11)
A record producer follows Florence home from church after hearing her gospel singing. At the Jeffersons' apartment, he offers Florence the chance to make a record in exchange for $1,200. Smelling a con, Louise and George try to stop Florence from making a big mistake that would cost her dearly.
17823"A Small Victory"Bob LallyDavid W. Duclon & Ron LeavittApril 18, 1982 (1982-04-18)
Louise and Helen consider leaving the Help Center due to lack of involvement from others and lack of funds. However, just as they're about to call it quits, a young hooker named Maggie walks in the door.
17924"Lesson in Love"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelMay 2, 1982 (1982-05-02)
Florence becomes depressed when her latest boyfriend doesn't call her for a second date. She later is asked out by a police officer and, in order to keep him interested her, George gives Florence some tips on what men like in a woman.
18025"Do Not Forsake Me, Oh, My Helen"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeMay 16, 1982 (1982-05-16)
Helen gets an invitation to have lunch with an old boyfriend and Tom is seething with jealousy, leading him to have a dream about the Old West, where he has a shootout with Pecos Darryl, a man after Helen's heart.

Season 9 (1982–83) edit

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1811"Laundry Is a Tough Town: Part 1"Bob LallyS : Elliot Stern;
T : Kurt Taylor & Mark Miller
September 26, 1982 (1982-09-26)
George is in a price war with Big Sky Cleaners with no holds barred. A representative from Big Sky comes to the Jeffersons' apartment, offering to buy George out, and he refuses. When Big Sky comes out with a one-millionth customer gimmick, George tries to find his own gimmick, and people with "talent" swamp the apartment, including a bearded lady and a lion tamer. But when Louise goes to Big Sky to end this battle, she becomes their one-millionth customer, leading George to decide to sell out.
1822"Laundry Is a Tough Town: Part 2"Bob LallyDavid W. Duclon, Ron Leavitt & Michael G. MoyeOctober 3, 1982 (1982-10-03)
George has decided to sell out to Big Sky Cleaners, and he begins to hang around the apartment as if he already has retired, driving Florence and Louise up the wall, when he gets into the habit of giving advice to everyone he meets. However, George soon has second thoughts about giving up his business.
1833"Anatomy of a Stain"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeOctober 10, 1982 (1982-10-10)
When Tom gets his pants back from Jefferson Cleaners with a stain on them, he wants a refund, but George refuses, saying it was Tom's fault for leaving a candy bar in the pocket. They take their case to a TV court show.
1844"Social Insecurity"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelOctober 17, 1982 (1982-10-17)
Florence is unsure of the future when she realizes she doesn't have any financial security, prompting her to ask George for a pension plan, something he flatly refuses.
1855"Charlie's Angels"Bob LallyNeil LebowitzOctober 24, 1982 (1982-10-24)
Charlie wants George to provide him with a loan for some improvements on his bar. George refuses, but does offer him some advice regarding how to get attract more business, including hiring waitresses and dressing them provocatively. This leads Charlie to go to Tom, who goes in on the deal, and the bar is quickly buzzing with business, something George now wants a part of.
1866"Heeeere's Johnny"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeOctober 31, 1982 (1982-10-31)
Louise is not looking forward to the visit of one of George's best friends, Johnny Moore, because she can't stand his chauvinistic jokester mannerisms. Things get worse when she inadvertently gets him to stay at the Jeffersons' apartment during his stay in New York.
1877"A Date with Danger"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeNovember 7, 1982 (1982-11-07)
At a party thrown by the Willises, the guest of honor, Joe Blake, a successful author, asks Florence out, and she can't wait to go out with him. However, soon after he takes her on their date, Tom and Helen inform George and Louise that he was in prison for murdering his girlfriend.
1888"Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner: Part 1"Bob LallyDavid W. Duclon, Ron Leavitt, Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelNovember 21, 1982 (1982-11-21)
For George's birthday, Louise books herself, George and Florence on a murder mystery cruise ship for mystery novelists, so George pretends to be a novelist. He is having fun trying to solve a murder mystery, until an apparently "real" murder occurs.
1899"Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner: Part 2"Bob LallyDavid W. Duclon, Ron Leavitt, Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelNovember 28, 1982 (1982-11-28)
The novelists try to solve the apparently "real" murder, with George trying his best to solve it, as well. When it is determined that the victim, Edgar, was poisoned, the crew deduces that the Duchess did it, but George discovers the real culprit.
19010"Appointment in 8-B"Bob LallyDavid W. Duclon & Ron LeavittDecember 12, 1982 (1982-12-12)
George stops by 8-B, Ms. Sanderson's apartment, to drop off her cleaning. Soon after he leaves, Ralph stops by and hears Ms. Sanderson having sex with a man named George, and Ralph quickly jumps to the wrong conclusion.
19111"Poetic Justice"Bob LallyLou Messina & Diane Messina StanleyDecember 19, 1982 (1982-12-19)
Louise discovers some old poems by George and decides to have them bound in a book. In order to get the book bound, she must order a minimum number of copies, which end up in the hands of several of their neighbors in the building. George is furious, but his attitude changes when a publisher shows an interest.
19212"How Now Dow Jones"Bob LallyPeter Casey & David LeeDecember 26, 1982 (1982-12-26)
George's investment advice for Tom proves fruitful and puts Helen in a fur coat, prompting Florence to want to make some money, so she asks George for advice. However, since she doesn't have enough money for investing, he suggests she go in on the venture with the other maids in the building. The results of the ordeal prove to be less than satisfying—for George anyway.
19313"The Defiant Ones"Bob LallyJeffrey Richman & Joyce GittlinJanuary 2, 1983 (1983-01-02)
While going through a box of mementos, George refuses to allow Louise to see a certain picture and decides to put it in his store safe. Determined to see it, and with Helen in tow, Louise tries to break into the store safe, but both women end up in jail.
19414"My Maid... My Wife"Bob LallyS : Michael Poryes;
T : Marilyn Anderson & Wayne Kline
January 9, 1983 (1983-01-09)
Florence runs into an old classmate, Pauline, and finds out that she has married money. This prompts a jealous Florence to say that she, too, married wealth—George, leading to Louise posing as the maid and Florence posing as Louise when Pauline comes over for dinner.
19515"Mr. Wonderful"Bob LallyJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelJanuary 16, 1983 (1983-01-16)
George forgets to pick up opera tickets, leading Louise and Helen to comparing him to the "thoughtful" Tom. A miffed George spills the beans about Tom buying an insurance policy and naming as the beneficiary a racist cousin who disapproves of Tom and Helen's marriage.
19616"My Girl, Louise"Bob LallySandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghJanuary 23, 1983 (1983-01-23)
With the Help Center on its last legs, Louise and Helen desperately try to find someone who could make a sizable donation to keep the center going. Louise goes to her ex-employer, Lillian Warren, whom Louise worked for as a maid and who treated her like a piece of furniture.
19717"Bodyguards Are People Too"Bob LallyBrent Stevens & Wade StevensJanuary 30, 1983 (1983-01-30)
Jenny is depressed that no one will take a chance on her fashion designs, so she stops by the Jeffersons' apartment for a visit. Meanwhile, George's bodyguard, Hugo, is determined to find love now that, as he puts it, he is in the spring of his life. When he runs into Jenny, he falls for her and is determined to make her his, even though she's married.
19818"True Confessions"Bob LallyS : Lewis Goldstein;
T : Peter Casey & David Lee
February 6, 1983 (1983-02-06)

George and Louise prepare for a visit from their foster son Jimmy, but they are in for the shock of their lives when they discover that he is a grown man who's supposedly been using the money they've sent them on his education.

Guest star: Garrett Morris as Jimmy.
19919"Mr. Clean"Bob LallyCarole Olson & Marita EppFebruary 13, 1983 (1983-02-13)
George and his poker buddies make a mess of the living room, so Florence stays up all night cleaning and is exhausted the next morning, leading George to make a bet with Florence that he can do in three hours what she does in a day.
20020"The Good Life"Bob LallyMichael G. MoyeFebruary 20, 1983 (1983-02-20)
The good life is striking everyone: George has hit success with the stocks, allowing Louise to purchase a ring she wanted; Tom has just gotten a new client; and Helen has just been pampered at a spa, where she met famous celebrities. Wanting in on the "good life," Florence shells out enough money to go to the spa and unknowingly runs into Gladys Knight.
20121"Father's Day"Bob LallyS : Hans Kracauer;
T : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel
March 6, 1983 (1983-03-06)
A young boy befriends Louise and Helen, and they become convinced that he has a crush on one of them. But the real reason he befriends them is to get to George, wanting to ask George if he would participate in a father-son bowling tournament, since his father is supposedly dead. However, the boy does, indeed, have a father who's alive, but not so well: he's a paraplegic.
20222"Change of a Dollar"Bob LallyRon Leavitt & Michael G. MoyeMarch 13, 1983 (1983-03-13)
On the night of a big banquet for Tom, George runs out at the last minute to run an errand at his store in Queens. There, viewers are taken back to 1968 and witness the grand opening of Jefferson Cleaners, and how George earned his first dollar.
20323"Designing Woman"Bob LallyPatrick Egan & Ilene CooperMarch 20, 1983 (1983-03-20)
George is trying to drum up some cleaning business from a famous fashion designer, Camille Hendricks. He tricks Jenny into swinging by the apartment to meet her in order to show her some of her designs, but Jenny is unprepared for this surprise.
20424"Double Trouble"Bob LallyS : Patrick Egan & Ilene Cooper;
T : Hans Kracauer
March 27, 1983 (1983-03-27)
George is in yet another promotional battle with Cunningham. This time, Cunningham has hired a popular soap star to boost sales, so George tries to get celebrities, too. However, his idea may get him into trouble with the law when he hires celebrity lookalikes and tries to pass them off as the real things.
20525"Silver Lining"Bob LallyS : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel;
T : Peter Casey & David Lee
April 3, 1983 (1983-04-03)
An auction is held to raise money for the Help Center, and Florence gets a big surprise when she discovers $2,500 stuffed into the lining of a hat that she buys. She turns the money in to the police, hoping no one will claim it, and no one does. However, just as Florence thinks she'll get to keep the money, an apparent owner arrives at the apartment.
20626"The Wheel of Forever"Bob LallyMarcy Vosburgh & Sandy SprungApril 10, 1983 (1983-04-10)
When Florence asks for enough money to purchase a new TV set, George flatly refuses. She tries again, this time politely asking, and, again, George refuses, leading to George having a dream about entering the gates of heaven after Florence makes a comment that he'd never get by those gates if she held the key.
20727"Personal Business"Bob LallyS : Lewis Goldstein;
T : Marcy Vosburgh & Sandy Sprung
May 1, 1983 (1983-05-01)
When her marriage gets in a rut, Louise tries to spice it up by trying to get George to spend some time with her. But her idea turns into a disaster when they get into a bicycling accident that leaves them each with a broken leg.

Season 10 (1983–84) edit

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2081"Mission: Incredible: Part 1"Oz ScottMichael G. MoyeOctober 2, 1983 (1983-10-02)
George has a reunion with some old navy buddies. The fact that Tom has become gullible becomes a topic of discussion, leading his old pals to talk him into playing a little con game on Tom to teach him a lesson. However, the con becomes a little too real when George's old pals Lloyd and Allan make off with $15,000 of Tom's money. Tom fears that Helen will divorce him if she finds out, since this was money which was to be used for a down payment on a house that has come up on the market.
2092"Mission: Incredible: Part 2"Oz ScottMichael G. MoyeOctober 3, 1983 (1983-10-03)
A furious Tom almost kills George when he learns he's been hustled out of $15,000, money that he had planned to use to make a down payment on a house. George calls in Jimmy to help him get Tom's money back. Jimmy talks George and Tom into flying to Los Angeles, where Lloyd and Allan have fled. Once there, they meet Jimmy's cousin (Greg Morris), a crafty man who has a well-planned-out way of getting Tom's money back. Meanwhile, Florence, who knows what George and Tom are up to, tells Louise and Helen and they rush to Los Angeles.
2103"Mission: Incredible: Part 3"Oz ScottMichael G. MoyeOctober 9, 1983 (1983-10-09)
Jimmy's cousin puts his plan into effect, which includes getting Lloyd and Allan to believe that Los Angeles is going to be hit by a military attack from a neighboring country. However, the plan could be ruined when Louise, Helen and Florence arrive in Los Angeles.
2114"I Do, I Don't"Oz ScottJeffrey Richman & Joyce GittlinOctober 16, 1983 (1983-10-16)
Tom and Helen host a seminar for newlyweds, a job that George learns that he could be doing if Louise had not passed on it without telling him. When Tom falls ill, George gets his chance of showing newlyweds how to keep the spice in a marriage, something Louise won't believe until she sees it. Guest star include Helen Martin.
2125"How Not to Marry a Millionaire"Oz ScottKim WeiskopfOctober 23, 1983 (1983-10-23)
Florence and her friend Betty go to the museum in hopes of landing millionaires. Florence is surprised when a millionaire follows her home and begins showering her with expensive gifts, but his true intentions prove to be extremely painful to Florence.
2136"And the Winner Is..."Oz ScottNeil LebowitzOctober 30, 1983 (1983-10-30)
Louise is eyeing the Volunteer of the Year award for her work at the Help Center. She hopes to win, because last year's winner, Mrs. Van Morris, is away on a cruise. However, Mrs. Van Morris returns just in time to sway the award toward her side by donating $25,000 to the Help Center.
2147"The Return of Bentley"Oz ScottPeter Casey & David LeeNovember 6, 1983 (1983-11-06)
The Jeffersons and the Willises are excited by the news that Harry Bentley is returning to New York City. Mr. Whittendale is the one person standing in the way of Harry getting his old apartment back, and George quickly joins Whittendale's bandwagon when the new occupant of Bentley's old apartment could make George a lot of money.
2158"The List"Oz ScottMarty FarrellNovember 20, 1983 (1983-11-20)
George gets a letter from an old friend who had made a bet with George years ago that he could accomplish everything on his life goal list before George, leading George to dig out his old list and see that there is one thing he hasn't done: get even with a bully that picked on him when he was a kid.
2169"Who's the Fairest"Oz ScottAl AidekmanDecember 4, 1983 (1983-12-04)
For his latest promotion, George decides to hold a beauty contest to find Miss Jefferson Cleaners. Meanwhile, George's 10-year lease on his stores is up, and Mr. Whittendale holds the new lease. However, Whittendale will give it up only if his punk rocker niece wins the beauty contest.
21710"Father Christmas"Oz ScottS : Kevin Kelton;
T : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel
December 11, 1983 (1983-12-11)
Refusing to go Christmas caroling with Louise, Helen, Florence and Mr. Bentley, George and Tom sit home decorating the tree, prompting reminiscences about past Christmases spent with their fathers. Sherman Helmsley and Franklin Cover play George and Tom's fathers in the flashback scenes.
21811"What Makes Sammy Run?"Tony SingletarySara V. FinneyJanuary 1, 1984 (1984-01-01)
Louise discovers that Sammy Davis, Jr. is renting the apartment across the hall in order to get some peace and quiet from his fans, but an ecstatic Louise has a hard time keeping his secret.
21912"Getting Back to Basiks"Tony SingletaryS : Rosalind Stevenson;
T : Marcy Vosburgh & Sandy Sprung
January 8, 1984 (1984-01-08)
George needs a new gimmick for his dry cleaning business, so he decides to hire Walter, an artist, to put together an animated commercial. Walter's job with George is threatened when Louise discovers that he cannot read.
22013"The Command Post"Tony SingletaryPeter Casey & David LeeJanuary 15, 1984 (1984-01-15)
Florence is sad because George and Louise are going on a vacation to Atlantic City without her, but she finds herself in the middle of excitement when she allows police officers to use the Jeffersons' apartment to stake out the neighbors across the street. When the situation turns dangerous, Florence ends up in the hospital.
22114"Real Man Don't Dry Clean"Oz ScottEd Burnham & Elaine NewmanJanuary 29, 1984 (1984-01-29)
Louise, Helen and Florence are in awe of the rugged, manly instructor of their self-defense class, leading George and Tom to prove that they, too, are manly, and they decide to go on a hunting trip. After not getting anything on the trip, they hire a taxidermy company to bring in stuffed animals and brag that they caught them.
22215"Trading Places"Oz ScottMarcy Vosburgh & Sandy SprungFebruary 12, 1984 (1984-02-12)
Louise has had it with George, who breaks previous engagements with Tom and Mr. Bentley to go golfing, prompting Louise to daydream what it would be like to be in George's shoes and not care about the feelings of others.
22316"My Guy, George"Oz ScottS : Ron Leavitt;
T : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel
March 4, 1984 (1984-03-04)
Florence manages to get George to become the manager of a struggling singing sister group (portrayed by Sister Sledge).[5] On their opening night, the place where George booked them turns out to be a Texas style country western bar, and the reception from the audience is less than welcoming.
22417"A New Girl in Town"Michael G. MoyeMarty FarrellMarch 11, 1984 (1984-03-11)
Florence is excited when she learns that her 18-year-old cousin, Rhonda, is coming to New York City for a visit, and Louise and Florence trick George into allowing her to stay with them. When Rhonda decides to move to the city permanently, the ensuing argument with Florence results in Rhonda moving out and getting a job as a mud wrestler.
22518"Otis"Oz ScottMichael G. MoyeMarch 18, 1984 (1984-03-18)
George is excited about having a magazine exposé done on him and his cleaning business, but the magazine's plan to present a non-stereotypical view of blacks is a problem for Otis, a shoeshine man who has his stand outside of George's Harlem store.
22619"Hart to Heart"Oz ScottJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelMarch 25, 1984 (1984-03-25)
Ralph, the doorman, wants a raise, and Louise and George give him the confidence he needs to ask Mr. Whittendale. However, the results are completely unexpected to him, when Mr. Whittendale announces that he will no longer be needed, since they're going to install an automatic door.
22720"George's Old Girlfriend"Oz ScottKurt TaylorApril 1, 1984 (1984-04-01)
In this curious return to the mood of the early seasons, Louise finds a perfume-soaked letter in the mail to George from an old girlfriend. After a discussion, Louise decides to allow him to meet with her, which turns out to be a big mistake. Soon after she arrives, she pulls a gun on him with the intent to kill him.
22821"Honeymoon Hotel"Oz ScottJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelApril 15, 1984 (1984-04-15)
Tom and Helen's 30th wedding anniversary is anything but happy when they get into a big argument over where they should spend the day. They finally decide to go to the hotel where they spent their honeymoon. When they arrive, things go from bad to worse.
22922"In the Chips"Arlando SmithPeter Casey & David LeeMay 6, 1984 (1984-05-06)
Jimmy arrives at the Jeffersons' apartment with a bag full of gambling chips and a wild story about how he got them. George discovers that the chips aren't Jimmy's, and a debt collector is on their tail, ready to repossess the chips at all costs.

Season 11 (1984–85) edit

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2301"Blood and Money"Oz ScottS : James Kutras;
T : Jeffrey Richman & Joyce Gittlin
October 14, 1984 (1984-10-14)
The Help Center is having a blood drive and Louise tries to get George to give some. A leery George pays Ralph to give blood in his name, but when the blood saves the life of Mrs. Whittendale, her husband decides to pay George back for his good deed and, of course, Ralph wants in.
2312"Ebony and Ivory"Oz ScottCheri Eichen & Bill SteinkellnerOctober 21, 1984 (1984-10-21)
The snobby socialite that beat Louise out of a Volunteer of the Year award is back and bragging about how her grandson is going to win a piano recital, leading Louise to enter her granddaughter, Jessica, in the recital with the intent of beating the snobby competition. Featuring Jaleel White.
2323"Bobbles, Bangles, and Booboos"Oz ScottWinston MossOctober 28, 1984 (1984-10-28)
Louise and Florence have the perfect plan to get the best of George: they get the hidden-video show Bobbles, Bangles and Booboos to come over on the pretense of an interview with George. However, Louise and George develop suspicions about the show when the apartment is robbed.
2334"A House Divided"Oz ScottAnn Gibbs & Joel KimmelNovember 4, 1984 (1984-11-04)
Louise is running for tenant council president, sure she's going to win, until she discovers someone is running against her: George.
2345"Some Enchanted Evening"Arlando SmithS : Billy Dee Williams & Marla Gibbs;
T : Marcy Vosburgh & Sandy Sprung
November 18, 1984 (1984-11-18)

George, Louise, Tom and Helen go to a charity ball where Florence's favorite soap star is scheduled to appear. When Florence is left behind because the event is sold out, she daydreams a Cinderella story about ending up with a Prince Charming.

Guest stars: Hal Williams and Mabel King

Note: Hal Williams and Marla Gibbs would portray husband and wife on 227 one year later.
2356"The Gift"Oz ScottBobby HerbeckNovember 25, 1984 (1984-11-25)
Louise is excited that, for once, George has remembered her birthday after she sees him sneaking around with party favors. However, George, who overhears Helen and Louise, realizes that he has forgotten her birthday and scrambles to buy her a gift before it's too late.
2367"They Don't Make Preachers Like Him Anymore"Oz ScottS : Ron Leavitt;
S/T : Michael G. Moye
December 16, 1984 (1984-12-16)
Florence is excited because she and her church choir are going to Ohio for a competition, but she loses her faith in God when the Reverend steals the money for the entry fee.
2378"Try a Little Tenderness"Oz ScottOz Scott & Joe RosarioDecember 23, 1984 (1984-12-23)
Kids break into George's store. When he catches them, he wants to call the police, but Louise wants to go a different way. Louise takes the thugs in and treats them to milk and brownies. After learning that one of the kids stole George's wallet, Louise is convinced that they are really thieves, but George reminds her that one of them did the right choice by giving the wallet back that and there's still hope.
2389"You'll Never Get Rich"Oz ScottLewis Goldstein & Richard KrautJanuary 8, 1985 (1985-01-08)
Florence joins the Jeffersons on a trip to Atlantic City. Louise becomes so consumed with meeting a star, that she is oblivious to the actual celebrities she meets, while Florence allows a lucky gambling streak to get the better of her. Guest stars include Phyllis Diller, Charo, Engelbert Humperdinck, Helen Reddy, Joe Frazier, and Michael Spinks.
23910"The Unnatural"Oz ScottS : Andy Horowitz;
T : Jerry Perzigian & Donald L. Seigel
January 15, 1985 (1985-01-15)
George attends a Yankees game and is publicly embarrassed when he drops a home run hit by Reggie Jackson, a former Yankee now playing for the California Angels. Louise gets into the Angels' locker room and convinces Jackson to talk to George. Jackson's teammates Brian Downing and Mike Witt also appear in the episode as themselves.
24011"Chairman of the Bored"Oz ScottStu Goldman & Vito J. GiambalvoJanuary 22, 1985 (1985-01-22)
When George, Louise and Helen are busy for an evening, an ignored Tom gets all the attention he could want from the sister of Mr. Bentley's girlfriend, leading Tom to daydream what it would be like to get all the attention all the time from five Playboy Playmates.
24112"Sayonara: Part 1"Oz ScottPeter Casey & David LeeJanuary 29, 1985 (1985-01-29)
Lionel and Jenny return to New York after a trip to Japan, and they have a very important announcement to make upon their arrival. Louise, George, Tom and Helen assume that Jenny is pregnant again and set up a surprise party for them, only to find out much to their dismay that they've decided to get a divorce.
24213"Sayonara: Part 2"Oz ScottCheri Eichen & Bill SteinkellnerFebruary 5, 1985 (1985-02-05)

After hearing the news of the divorce, George and Louise get into a fight with Tom and Helen that continues all the way through Family Night at Jessica's school. The constant bickering leads Jessica to run out of the school and onto the streets of New York.

Note: Mike Evans and Berlinda Tolbert's final appearances as Lionel and Jenny Willis Jefferson.
24314"Last Dance"Oz ScottCheri Eichen & Bill SteinkellnerFebruary 12, 1985 (1985-02-12)

George's assistant, Clark, doesn't have a date for the prom and Florence agrees to go with him. Once there, Florence runs into the man with whom she wanted to go to her prom, but he never asked her. Guest stars: Larry B. Scott and Stoney Jackson.

Note: Stoney Jackson would later join the cast with Marla Gibbs on 227 four years later.
24415"The Gang's All Here"Oz ScottAl AidekmanFebruary 19, 1985 (1985-02-19)
When Charlie goes out of town for the weekend, Louise agrees to be the bartender for a party he had previously booked. She quickly finds herself in over her head when the party is for a reunion of a biker gang.
24516"Hail to the Chief"Oz ScottHans KracauerMarch 12, 1985 (1985-03-12)
Tom is up for a promotion and is disappointed when it looks as if he's not going to get it. When he does get promoted, he finds the responsibility too overwhelming and considers resigning.
24617"A Secret in the Back Room"Oz ScottJerry Perzigian & Donald L. SeigelMarch 19, 1985 (1985-03-19)
George and Louise's anniversary party comes to a screeching halt when they learn that Charlie, the bartender, has a drinking problem, which caused his separation from his wife.
24718"That Blasted Cunningham"Oz ScottS : Mark Zakarin;
T : Peter Casey & David Lee
April 2, 1985 (1985-04-02)
George is in yet another advertising war with Cunningham Cleaners, and each has vowed to out-promote the other. The festivities go too far, leading to Cunningham's death and leaving George to deal with his vengeful widow. Susan Ruttan, later of L.A. Law fame, guest stars as the vindictive Mrs. Cunningham.
24819"State of Mind"Oz ScottCheri Eichen & Bill SteinkellnerApril 23, 1985 (1985-04-23)
Louise is up in arms over the young new tenant who has just moved into the building. The woman's constant partying prompts Louise to call a tenants meeting that ends with Louise discovering a little bit about age when the tenants accuse her of turning into an "old fuddy-duddy".
24920"And Up We Go"Oz ScottS : Warren S. Murray;
T : Cheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner
April 30, 1985 (1985-04-30)
When Louise and Helen go to a spa for the weekend, they leave behind two bored husbands. To pass the time, George and Tom decide to break a record, and the record they choose is how many times they can go up and down on the elevator.
25021"The Truth Hurts"Paul BenedictS : Stephen Neigher;
T : Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears
June 4, 1985 (1985-06-04)
Louise is excited about the completion of her painting in art class, but everyone who sees her painting lies about how they really feel, leading Louise to believe she has created a masterpiece, and she decides to put on an art show.
25122"The Odd Couple"Michael G. MoyePeter Casey & David LeeJune 11, 1985 (1985-06-11)

Florence is tired of being alone and decides to place an ad in a personals column. The one response she gets is from someone she least expects: Mr. Bentley.

  • Recording date: June 26, 1984[6]
25223"Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway"Oz ScottMatt RobinsonJune 25, 1985 (1985-06-25)

Louise and Helen need quick cash to save their Disabled Youth Services program at the Help Center. To raise money, they decide to put on a talent show, while George thinks it'll be a great way to promote his business.

Note: This episode was intended to be the season finale. But when network executives could not find a time slot for the 1985-86 Season, they immediately aired "Red Robins".
25324"Red Robins"Oz ScottPeter Casey, David Lee, Cheri Eichen & Bill SteinkellnerJuly 2, 1985 (1985-07-02)

George vies to win the Dry Cleaner of the Year award, but finds he's short on the community service portion, leading him to take over as "nest mother" of Jessica's Red Robin troop, and he gives the girls irresponsible tips on how to sell their terrible tasting candy.

Note: This episode was supposed to be the season 12 first episode.

Notes edit

  1. ^ Tied with Newhart.

Sources edit

  • "The Jeffersons Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved January 25, 2017.

References edit

  1. ^ a b A season's worth of program standings American Radio History
  2. ^ a b Rounding up the ratings for `the season' American Radio History
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  5. ^ "The Jeffersons Season 10 Episode 16: My Guy, George". TV Guide. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  6. ^ The Jeffersons – The Odd Couple – Tentative Rehearsal And Taping Schedule on Imgur (Image). Accessed September 8, 2018.