| Season 4, Episode 3 |
#64 in Series
|Air date:||October 1, 1977|
|Written by:||Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf|
|Directed by:||Jack Shea|
|Production code:||4.3 / 403|
|IMDb||Once a Friend|
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Once a Friend was the 64th overall episode of The Jeffersons TV series, also the third episode of Season 4. Directed by Jack Shea and written by Michael S. Baser and Kim Weiskopf, the episode made its premiere on CBS-TV on October 1, 1977.
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, has a big surprise for George: her name is now Edie, and she is a transgendered woman.
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 his old pal, Eddie, has a big surprise for George, his name is now Edie and he has undergone a sex change operation. Meanwhile, confusion with Eddie's name leads Louise to believe that George is having an affair with a woman named Edie.
When George meets Edie, who had been in town for six days, at the hotel where she was staying, he takes the news of his old buddy, who once comforted him on ship when it was under attack in Korea during the war, quite hard, at first believing he was joking around when he saw him, now her, in a pretty dress, makeup and with her hairdo, even prying into Edie's drawer and closet to see her wardrobe.
When Weezie calls the hotel room (room #516) to find out if there was really an Eddie Stokes registered there, she finds out that there's an Edie Stokes in the room, which sparks her suspicion of George, who maintains the truth about Eddie, or Edie, and her sex change operation. Needless to say, Louise, who threatens to kick him out of the apartment for the night and make him sleep elsewhere, notably with his ladyfriend Edie! George, out of desperation, tries to enlist Leroy, who works in his cleaning store in the Whittendale Bldg., and also whom Louise hasn't yet met, to pose in drag as Edie. Louise, insulted, gets even madder, until Edie actually drops by the apartment on the desperate insistance of George, Louise still does not believe the truth until Edie mentions the nickname Weezie used to call George in her letters to him "her fuzzy wuzzy, teddy bear!"
At episode's end Edie, whom, as Eddie, was known to be a big practical joker, is able to lure George into the bathroom, pretending that she is scared of a rat that's in it... she then dumps a bucket of water on him!