Almost everyone knows Ralph (Jackie Gleason), Alice (Audrey Meadows), Ed Art Carney) and Trixie (Joyce Randolph). It’s my favorite comedy of all time. It started as a sketch on “Cavalcade Of Stars” with Pert Kelton as an aggressive Alice. The famous thirty-nine that followed still run all over the country. I don’t remember how many times I’ve watched them and that includes the lost episodes. I couldn’t get into the musical revival with Sheila McRae as Alice in 1966. I wanted to list my three favorite episodes. Everything else is tied for second.
“Better Living Through TV”- Ralph invents a kitchen gadget that does everything. He convinces Ed to do a TV commercial with him during a movie. It’s a disaster. The catch phrase from this episode, “Can It Core A Apple?”
“The Man From Space”- The Racoon Lodge is holding a costume party. Top prize is fifty dollars. Ralph is determined to make an original costume.
“A Dog’s Life”- Ralph finds a food product in his fridge. He and Ed taste it and think it’s terrific. Ralph calls it “Kranmar’s Delicious Mystery Appetizer.” He takes to his boss Mr.Marshall. He thinks it’s great. Ralph is horrified when he finds out what it really is.
Two lost episodes that stick in the memory are when Ralph decides to fix up the apartment. He hopes to impress his landlord that he’s keeping the place in top shape and he’ll lower the rent. It works out….until he sees who his landlord is…..The other is whehn Ralph calls in sick on New Year’s Eve so he and Alice can go to a fancy hotel. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is featured.
Some people are Trekkies while others are Honeymoonies.