Title: A New Year.
With the start of a new book in the ongoing saga, a word of introduction is given. A role call of those who have been with the show since it began is called off, six actors who have been with the show for the past 16 years.
Caught between laughter and irritation, the Barber family still have their visiting cousin with them, Jeddia X Barber. First, we join Paul and Nicolette across the globe, now in Nurenberg Germany, and posing as German locals. What will Nicolette think when she learns of Paul’s adopted daughter, Teddy, also a Red Cross nurse in American occupied Germany?
Henry Barber works in his flower garden, getting ready for early Spring planting. Can he get rid of Jeddiah, and have the cousin share his collection of picture post cards with other family members?
Hazel shares with Clifford about the happenings at her house, but joins Ma Barber in the sewing room. Cliff has to face Jeddiah on his own. Over at Jack’s house, he works on some legal work from the office, and raids the fridge, while Margret takes her pay for babysitting the girls. Jeddiah interupts to show off his post cards to Jack. Jack manages to pass Jeddiah on to Fanny and Hazel, as they try to get some sewing done.
Back to Paul and Nicolette, a tapping at the window reveals a woman who tries to get there attention. Could it be Teddy?
PS: Jeddiah has a habit of saying, “You were there!” It’s borrowed from a well known vaudeville gag. In that routine, a man in heavy German dialect would go on about some outrageous thing or other. When challenged about what he said, his responce would be, “Was you there?”
PS;: Though the claim is that there were 6 original cast members at the beginning of this episode, there were actually 7. It’s just that 6 of those 7 are being interviewed today.