"Florence's Cousin"
Florence and Ernie
Season 7, Episode 7
#142 in Series
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Network: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date: December 7. 1980
Written by: Marshall Goldberg
Directed by: Bob Lally
Production code: 7.7 / 707
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Florence's Cousin was the 142nd overall episode of The Jeffersons TV series, also the seventh episode of Season 7. Directed by Bob Lally and written by Marshall Goldberg, the episode made its premiere on CBS-TV on December 7, 1980.


Florence's cousin, Ernie, comes to town and pays Florence a visit. He quickly asks her for $1000 and Florence doesn't hesitate to ask George. However, George is convinced Ernie's a crook, and Florence will do anything to prove him wrong.


Florence's deadbeat cousin Ernie drops in town for a "visit". He lies and tells Florence that he needs $1,000 to open up a record store venture; Florence, thinking that Ernie has "changed" his ways, asks George to loan her the money to give to Ernie. George, distrustful of Ernie, grudgingly loans Florence the cash she needs to give to Ernie, thanks to the prodding of Louise, who assures him that he could trust that Florence would pay him back. She then gives her cousin the cash he needs, only for Ernie to sneak off for a quick taxicab headed for JFK Airport for a plane flight to Miami with his girlfriend awaiting in the lobby only moments later, which confirms George's distrust of Ernie's motives, as well as Florence's judge of character. Not wanting George and Louise to know about Ernie's skipping town instead of opening the record store, Florence winds up working in a nearby diner behind George's back part time to get the money to pay him back. When Louise catches a tired Florence nodding off while vaccuming, as well as the waitress uniform she's wearing she comes clean with Louise about working part-time at the diner, and Ernie's skipping town with the money she loaned him. When George finds out about it, he fires Florence. But, after Louise cajoles him into going to the restaurant where Florence is "moonlighting", Lou's Weenie World, and then seeing how mean the manager, Lou, treats her, George decides to hire her back.

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