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to the east side movin' on up we finally got a piece of the pie fish don't fry in the kitchen beans don't burn on the grill took a whole lotta tryin' just to get up that hill now we're up in the big leagues gettin' our turn at bat as long as we live it's you and me, baby there ain't nothing wrong with that well, we're movin' on up movin' on up to the east side movin' on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky mo-ooh-vin' on up movin' on up to the east side movin' on up
she fogged up my window. i invited her in. that key ring you'vebeen holding for me? let it go. i gotthe last payment. great. yep. 2 bucks,cash money. i'll watch the store. run to the bank. i hope you'll still come around. sure. you still gottwo things under $20. should ipick a number? mr. jefferson wants a present for his wife. could yousuggest something? what's the occasion? it's not ananniversary or birthday. i just want somethingthat says "love." oh, i have something perfect that says "love." here it is, and it's only $20,000.
how about this diamond brooch? only 10,000. well, how aboutsomething thatsays "how you doing?" i got a beer in the back. get hera gold bracelet and haveit inscribed. good idea. what should i have inscribed? anything. how about..."to my dearest darling wife." fine. "from your sweet, adorable husband who hasn't done anything wrong." you don't need a bracelet, you need a hula hoop. come with me to the engravers. we'll work something out. i'll be right back. i'll browse. you'll know what i like
girl, you do belong in jewels. uh...not a hairout of place. i can't believe it. florence johnston. you know me? and you know me. close your eyes. that don't help.i still don'trecognize you. mrs. calloway's 9th grade history class. who sits behind you? does this jog your memory? pauline jones. that's your response? girl, you have changed. in school, i'd do that, you'd stomp on my lunch. some of us have matured, and some of us are you. good seeingyou again. bye. i know you're just dying to know what happened to me, right? no.
so naturally, i married money. you haveany loose changerunning around? florence, you'll probably hate me for saying this. ridiculous.what could you say that could possiblymake me hate you? you're right. my being successful is no surprise, but i always thought you'd end up... how do i put this nicely? an old maid. well, i didn't. i happento be married. you are? yes. and toa wonderful man. he's tall, he'shandsome, he's-- hey, florence. him. how do you likethis inscription? "here, dear." that says it all. let's go. now, florence, you forgot to introduce us.
oh, sorry. thank you. uh, florence... i'd like you to meet a friend of mine. an old, old, old friend. pauline jones. smythe. smythe. and this is him. but people callme george jefferson. nice meeting you. so you're old,old, old friends? yes! we were schoolmates. you should have seen your florence then. she was the teacher's pet-- cleaning the blackboard, doing all the... chores! she hasn't donea lick of work since i've known her. too bad you can't meet my husband. he's so busy, even i don't see him much.
he's bringing a fabulous costume drama to broadway. isn't that...fascinating? yes. wow. bye. excuse me. costume drama is my thing. you're an actor? i'm a dry cleaner. but i love cleaning filthy dramatic costumes. mr. jefferson, your receipt. florence, here's your key ring. really splurging, hey, florence? this isn't for me. it's for the maid. you and your husbandcome for dinner. we never eat. that's becauseyou never cook. i'd talk about me,you'd talk about you. i could pretendthat i'm interested. what a charming invitation. but i would enjoy seeing your place. it wouldn't be politewithout your husband. i go everywhere without him.
that's not a good idea. who cares? dinner at 8:00? i'll be there! good! move your butt. we have a dinner guest. oh, no,not tonight. i'm really beat. i had a crazy dayat the help center. i tried convincingtwo runaways to go home. why didn't you call their parents? they were the parents. i brought you something. i think it will cheer you up. oh, george! that's beautiful! read the inscription.
this client's an old friend of florence's. what's wrong?you ain't said one word. not thati'm complaining. you don't seemvery enthusiastic. what's wrong? well-- how could i be so insensitive? florence feels bad because pauline, her friend, is a huge success, and florence ain't nothing. don't let that bother you. she's not letting it bother her. i know. you think you'llfeel awkward servingtonight, right? yes. she don't think i'm a maid. who does shethink you are? you. you don't meanyou told her-- uh-huh. and you'remarried to-- uh-huh. oh, god.
i hope you didn't tell nobody else that. i do have some pride. i tried saying i was married to a wonderful, tall, handsome man. but you kept coming over. what willwe do, george? florence'spride is at stake. there's only one thing to do-- call it off. i mean, it was only money. you shouldn't lose money just because i lied. i'll call pauline and tell her the truth. i'll call. i'lltell her i'm sick... which ain't farfrom the truth. this is something i got to do myself. hello, pauline? this is florence. there's something i want to say. give me that. hi. george jefferson.
well, how do i look? lovely. you stillwant to do this? no. but what the heck? open the door.you look like a maid. hello. i'm mrs. pauline jones-smythe. mrs. paulinejones-smythe. your coat? yes! but i would like it back. do i know you? i don't think so. what am i thinking? how could i? florence, darling! your place is so... comfortable. well, we like it, don't we, dear? yes. you're touching me.
shall we sit? oh, thank you. would anyone like to have a drink? vodka martini on the rocks. make it dry. coming right up. none for me. no, thank you,louise. that's whati call a maid. doesn't lookfamiliar, does it? i'd like to know more about the man who married florence. i'm justa regular guy. i love baseball,i love football, and i love cleaningshakespearean costumes. yoo-hoo! much lighter on the vermouth, dear. as you can see, our little george hasmade life quite comfortable.
but nobody compares to my oscar. it's beautiful being married to him because he's always traveling. what i mean is, he's so seldom home, i can do anything-- six months in switzerland, two in london, two weeks with the children. two weeks? well, they are my children. yoo-hoo! i like my martinis shaken, not stirred, dear. to your good health.
i'm returning the pearlnecklace i borrowed from her. your maid has a pearl necklace? george is so generous. louise has been with us a long time. won't you introduce us? no. why bother? you'll never see them again. don't be ridiculous. hello, i'm helen willis. this is my husband tom. i'm mrs.pauline jones-smythe. well, you certainly have a lot of names. how long have you known george and louise? george and louise? george, where is louise? huh? uh... excuse me.excuse me. excuse me!
at an inopportune moment. louise can clear this up. where is she? uh... oh, thereshe is. you mean me? well, so long, tom. wish me luck. whatis going on? you know women. they never go to the bathroom alone. but what'sgeorge doing there? search me. willis, come here! see? now this works out perfectly. i can ask him.
we've got to be going. florence, it's always so nice coming to see your lovely home. oh, and by the way, you were right. your bathroom does fit four comfortably. pauline, did you have a good time? good. glad to see it. we at jefferson cleaners feel there's no such thing as dirty costumes, only sloppy actors. we clean anything-- uh, capes? no problem. this drink is terrible! louise, make another drink. wait a minute, louise. what isyour last name? mine? uh...it's... mills. louise mills.i thought so. you were a counselorin our day camp. you were onlya few years older, but everybodylooked up to you.
well... how ironic. pauline, there's nothing wrong with being a maid. i didn't saythere was, dear. it just provesthe old saying-- "those who can, do. "those who cannot, clean up afterthose who can." wait a minute, pauline. no, after all, pauline is your guest. thank you, dear. now, would you mindmaking me another martini? that first onewas abominable. yes, ma'am. shaken, not stirred. yes, ma'am. no olive. yes, ma'am. in other words, do it right. wait a minute. i've hadall i can take. you're firing her? i can't.i work for her.
you work for her? now, wait a minute. let me getsomething straight. they're the jeffersons.i'm their maid. i was ashamed of that because youalways beat me. i thought you'dwon again by getting rich. but you haven't. i haven't? you've got two kids youdon't care nothing about... and a husband who don'tcare nothing about you. i, on the other hand, have two wonderful people who went through this just to save my feelings. that's worth more than any amount of money. are you through? not quite. get out of my house.