The Classic 39
 1955-1956


Title: "TV or not TV"
Date: October 1, 1955
Themes: Deception (Alice), Poverty, Scheme, Ralph vs. Alice
Summary: Ralph and Norton buy a T.V. set together.

Title: "Funny Money"
Date: October 8, 1955
Themes: Conclusion-Jumping, Mother-in-law, Ralph vs. Alice, Ralph vs. the world, Poverty
Summary: Ralph finds a suitcase on the bus that contains counterfeit money.

Title: "The Golfer"
Date: October 15, 1955
Themes: Ralph's big mouth, Conclusion-Jumping, Ralph vs. Ed, Ralph vs. Alice, Scheme
Summary: Ralph tries to learn how to play golf to impress his boss.

Title: "A Woman's Work Is Never Done"
Date: October 22, 1955
Themes: Ralph vs. Alice, Ralph vs. the World, Male Supremacy, Scheme
Summary: The Kramdens hire a maid.

Title: "A Matter of Life and Death"
Date: October 29, 1955
Themes: Mother-in-law, Poverty, Conclusion-Jumping, Deception, Ralph vs World
Summary: Ralph thinks he's dying and sells the story to a magazine.

Title: "The Sleepwalker"
Date: November 5, 1955
Themes: Ralph vs. Ed, Ralph vs. the World
Summary: Norton is sleepwalking and Ralph gets stuck looking after him.

Title: "Better Living Through TV"
Date: November 12, 1955
Themes: Scheme, Ralph vs. Alice, Ralph is Fat, Ralph vs. the World
Summary: Ralph and Norton go on T.V. to sell a kitchen utencil.

Title: "Pal O'Mine"
Date: November 19, 1955
Themes: Conclusion-Jumping, Ralph is Fat, Ralph vs. Ed
Summary: Ralph & Ed fight over a ring but make up after Ed survives a sewer explosion.

Title: "Brother Ralph"
Date: November 26, 1955
Themes: Poverty, Male Supremacy, Jealousy, Deception, Ralph vs. Alice
Summary: In order to hold a job, Alice tells her boss that Ralph is her brother.

Title: "Hello, Mom"
Date: December 3, 1955
Themes: Mother-in-law, Ralph vs. Alice, Ralph vs. Ed
Summary: Ralph sleeps at the Nortons' to avoid his visiting mother-in-law.

Title: "The Deciding Vote"
Date: December 10, 1955
Themes: Raccoons, Ralph vs Alice, Ralph vs Ed, Ralph's Big Mouth, Conclusion-Jumping
Summary: Ralph buys a vaccum cleaner, fights with Ed, and loses a Racoon election.

Title: "Something Fishy"
Date: December 17, 1955
Themes: Raccoons, Ralph's Big Mouth, Male Supremacy, Deception, Ralph vs Alice
Summary: Ralph & Norton don't want to take their wives on a Racoon fishing trip.

Title: " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas"
Date: December 24, 1955
Themes: Ralph vs Alice, Deception, Poverty
Summary: Ralph hocks his bowling ball to get Alice a present.

Title: "The Man From Space"
Date: December 31, 1955
Themes: Scheme, Ralph vs Ed, Ralph vs Alice, Raccoons
Summary: The Kramdens and Nortons enter a Racoon costume contest.

Title: "A Matter of Record"
Date: January 7, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs Alice, Ralph vs Ed, Mother-in-law, Poverty, Ralph's Big Mouth
Summary: Ralph cuts a record to sweet talk Alice after insulting her mother.

Title: "Oh My Aching Back"
Date: January 14, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs mother-in-law, Ralph vs World, Ralph vs Alice, Deception (Ralph), Raccoons
Summary: Ralph hurts his back at a bowling tournament the night before his physical exam.

Title: "The Baby-sitter"
Date: January 21, 1956
Themes: Deception (Alice), Poverty, Jealousy, Conclusion-Jumping, Ralph vs Alice
Summary: Alice is baby-sitting to pay for a phone but Ralph thinks she's two-timing him.

Title: "The $99,000 Answer"
Date: January 28, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Ralph vs Ed, Ralph vs Alice, Scheme, Poverty, Conclusion-Jumping
Summary: Ralph goes on a quiz show. His category is Popular Songs.

Title: "Ralph Kramden, Inc."
Date: February 4, 1956
Themes: Scheme, Conclusion-Jumping, Ralph vs Ed, Ralph vs World
Summary: Norton invests in Ralph stock, and then Ralph is named in a millionaire's will.

Title: "Young at Heart"
Date: February 11, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs Alice, Ralph vs World, Ralph is Fat
Summary: Ralph and Norton take their wives dancing and rollerskating.

Title: "A Dog's Life"
Date: February 18, 1956
Themes: Scheme, Deception (Alice), Ralph vs World, Ralph vs his Conscience
Summary: Ralph feeds his boss dog food, thinking that it is an appetizer that Alice made.

Title: "Here Comes The Bride"
Date: February 25, 1956
Themes: Raccoons, Ralph's Big Mouth, Male Supremacy, Ralph vs Alice, Deception, Scheme
Summary: Ralph's advice to a lodge brother has his wife (Alice's sister) in tears.

Title: "Mama Loves Mambo"
Date: March 3, 1956
Themes: Jealousy, Ralph vs Alice, Ralph vs World, Male Supremacy
Summary: A new neighbor wears out his welcome teaching good manners and the mambo.

Title: "Please Leave the Premises"
Date: March 10, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Poverty, Ralph vs Alice, Ralph vs Ed, (variation on a) Scheme
Summary: The Kramdens and Nortons fight a rent increase.

Title: "Pardon My Glove"
Date: March 17, 1956
Themes: Deception, Jealousy
Summary: Alice is getting the apartment re-decorated for free but Ralph thinks she's two-timing him.

Title: "Young Man With A Horn"
Date: March 24, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Poverty, (variation on a) Scheme
Summary: Ralph tries to hit the high note on a civil service exam as well as his coronet.

Title: "Head of the House"
Date: March 31, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Ralph's Big Mouth, Deception (Ralph), Ralph vs Alice, Male Supremacy, Scheme
Summary: Ralph tells a newspaper that he's head of the house and then has to prove it to a co-worker.

Title: "The Worry Wart"
Date: April 7, 1956
Themes: Ralph vsWorld, Ralph vs his Conscience
Summary: The IRS invites Ralph to clear something up on his tax return.

Title: "Trapped"
Date: April 14, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs Ed, Ralph vs World, Ralph . . . wins?
Summary: Ralph captures two thugs that followed him home after he witnessed a hold-up.

Title: "The Loudspeaker"
Date: April 21, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Raccoons, Ralph vs Ed, Conclusion-Jumping
Summary: Ralph writes a speech because he thinks he's going to be Racoon of the Year.

Title: "On Stage"
Date: April 28, 1956
Themes: Raccoons, Conclusion-Jumping, Ralph vs Ed, Ralph vs World
Summary: Ralph, Alice, and Ed are in a Racoon play.

Title: "Opportunity Knocks But"
Date: May 5, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Ralph vs Ed, (variation on a) Scheme
Summary: Ralph and Ed play pool with Ralph's boss and Ed gets a job at the bus company.

Title: "Unconventional Behavior"
Date: May 12, 1956
Themes: Raccoons, Ralph vs Alice, Ralph vs Ed, Scheme, Poverty
Summary: Ed handcuffs himself to Ralph on their way to the Racoon convention.

Title: "The Safety Award"
Date: May 19, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Ralph vs Ed
Summary: Ralph has an accident o nhis way to receiving a Safest Bus Driver award.

Title: "Mind Your Own Business"
Date: May 26, 1956
Themes: Ralph's Big Mouth, Scheme, Poverty, Ralph vs Ed, Deception (Ed & Trixie)
Summary: Ed sells irons after Ralph's advice got him fired from the sewer.

Title: "Alice and the Blonde"
Date: June 2, 1956
Themes: Raccoons, Scheme, Ralph vs Alice, Deception
Summary: The Kramdens and Nortons visit the Wedemeyers.

Title: "The Bensonhurst Bomber"
Date: September 8, 1956
Themes: Ralph's Big Mouth, Scheme
Summary: Ralph gets into an argument at the poolhall and has to fight a big guy at the gym.

Title: "Dial J for Janitor"
Date: September 15, 1956
Themes: Scheme, Ralph is Fat, Ralph vs World, Ralph vs Alice
Summary: Ralph takes on a job as janitor of his building.

Title: "A Man's Pride"
Date: September 22, 1956
Themes: Ralph vs World, Ralph's Big Mouth, Deception (Ralph), Jealousy
Summary: Ralph tells Alice's ex-boyfriend that he runs things at the bus company.


References: McCrohan, Donna. The Honeymooners' Companion. Workman Publishing, New York. 1978.

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