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I have seen only a handful of episodes of The Honeymooners in my life. You know, when it comes on TV in reruns and I happen across it. And I’m pretty sure that the only five episodes I have ever seen are included on the Honeymooners Fan Favorites DVD out March 6th from Paramount Home Entertainment.
There’s one where Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton share a TV set and hilarity ensues. Another where Ralph finds a suitcase full of money on the bus, the one where Norton keeps sleepwalking, a show where Ralph and Ed make an infomercial to sell a do-it-all kitchen gadget, and the one where Ralph goes on a game show and embarrasses himself. Now, apparently, the fans who voted for their favorite episodes on facebook have seen all the same episodes I have. In fact, I’m starting to think that there ARE only eight or ten episodes that show up in re-runs.
It’s neat though to see Ralph Kramden’s progression from the beginning of the show to a few episodes after the beginning of the show. At first, he threatens Alice with a punch that will send her right to the moon. By the end, he’s just using hand gestures to show her how quickly she will get there. What a character arc he had, that Kramden!