"The Break-Up: Part One"
Season 2, Episode 16
#29 in Series
Episode Information
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: January 3, 1976
Written by: Dixie Brown Grossman
Directed by: Jack Shea
Production code: 2.16 / 216
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The Break-Up: Part One was the 29th overall episode of The Jeffersons TV series, also the 16th episode of Season 2. Directed by Jack Shea and written by Dixie Brown Grossman, the episode made its premiere on CBS-TV on January 3, 1976.


Part one of two-part story begins with Lionel's difficulty writing a paper on homosexuality. The issue at hand changes after George buys him a term paper. Tempers flare, and he splits with Jenny. 


Lionel comes home in a fury and informs his parents that his English professor is forcing him to rewrite a term paper and make it flawless - or else he will get a failing grade and therefore cannot graduate. George, wanting to see his son be the first Jefferson to graduate college, pays a freelance writer to write that term paper instead and expects Lionel to just turn that one in. While the Willises and Louise thinks that is a bad idea, Lionel likes it, and this results in an argument between the two families and soon a break-up.

Scene excerptsEdit

Scene quotes
  • [[Tom Willis|Tom]]: (Helen and Louise are fighting) Now, now, now! This is no way to break up over crazy George.
  • George: HEY! Who you calling crazy, honky?

Tom Willis: [enraged] Don't call me honky!

  • George: Huh! Why are you so sensitive all of a sudden?
  • Helen: He's not the only one!
  • Tom: How would you feel if I called you nigger?
  • George: [appalled] Huh! He called me 'nigger'!
  • Helen: That's no worse than 'honky'!
  • George: You're right. Nothing's worse than a honky except being married to one!

Recurring cast/Guest starsEdit

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