"The First Store"
Season 6, Episode 23
#134 in Series
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Network: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date: April 6. 1980
Written by: Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan
Directed by: Bob Lally
Production code: 6.23 / 621
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The First Store was the 133rd overall episode of The Jeffersons TV series, also the 22nd episode of Season 6. Directed by Bob Lally and written by Jay MOriarty and Mike Milligan, the episode made its premiere on CBS-TV on April 6, 1980.


As Louise and George look through old photos, they recall George opening his first store in 1968. His opening coincides with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and when news of his death circulates, chaos erupts in the Jeffersons' neighborhood.


The Jeffersons relive April 3rd and 4th of 1968: George wants to break out of his impoverished life by opening his own dry-cleaners, at the time, in his vision, which he called "Handy Dandy Cleaners", in spite of the tremendous obstacles thrown in his way by society and the times.

In a flashback, George struggles to smother his pride to obtain a loan First Federal Bank of Manhattan, but runs into numerous obstacles, a dilapidated storefront, which he purchased with the little bit of money which he already saved, and which is in great disrepair, needing a major renovation and cleaning, a bigoted minded loan officer, Mr. Drew, who insists that the Jeffersons should try to open the store in "a more desirable neighborhood, meaning, in layman's terms, what he really means, a "white" neighborhood, and the present neighborhood itself, which finds Lionel, at that point in time, running along with a crowd of youths who are starting to contemplate of looting stores in the area, and who are growing dissatisfied with and bitter towards the more conservative and passive stance of Martin Luther King, Jr., the SCLC, and the Civil Rights Movement in the South, and are taking to the decisively more militant message of "Black Power", and Malcom X's "By Any Means Necessary", which is pervading all through the Harlem streets, which later erupt in complete chaos in the tone of the Black Panther mantra "Burn Baby Burn!" when the news is learned of Dr. Martin Luther King's asassination in Memphis, TN on the evening of the 4th of April.

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