“Thanksgiving Week” continues.
On November 25, 1985, CBS aired “Thanksgiving,” the “Kate & Allie” episode in which Manhattan divorcee Allie Lowell finally meets Claire, her ex-husband Charles’s new wife.
The episode finds Allie (Jane Curtin) preparing a holiday feast for her family and friends, including best pal and roommate Kate McCardle (Susan Saint James). One by one, Allie’s guests cancel or are called away, leaving her alone with icy Claire (guest star Wendie Malick).
During their tense conversation, Allie realizes her volunteer work undermined her marriage as much as Charles’s medical career and his affair with Claire:
ALLIE: I always thought Charles left me. You say I left him. Maybe we’re both right. Maybe we needed the hospitals and the committees because we didn’t have each other to go home to. Maybe it wasn’t Charles’s fault or my fault or even – God help me – your fault. And maybe – just maybe – the happy ending I always wanted is just what I got.
CLAIRE: So now what do we do? Make friends?
ALLIE: Please. Let’s not push things too far.
“Thanksgiving” ends with everyone dining together peacefully.
See for yourself: “Thanksgiving” is part of the “Kate & Allie: The Complete Third Season” DVD set.
Here’s the prime-time lineup for Monday, November 25, 1985:
8: “Hardcastle and McCormick” (ABC), “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” (CBS), “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” (NBC)
9: “Monday Night Football” (ABC), “Kate & Allie” (CBS), “Mussolini: The Untold Story, Part 2” (NBC)
9:30: “Newhart” (CBS)
10: “Cagney & Lacey” (CBS)
For the week of November 24, 1985:
Top novel: “The Mammoth Hunters” by Jean M. Auel
Top song: “We Built This City” by Starship
Top movie: “Rocky IV”
Top TV show: “60 Minutes” (CBS)
In the news: Gay leaders began building a political platform
Captions: Kate, played by Susan Saint James, tastes the turkey that Allie, played by Jane Curtin, cooked with cleanser in “Thanksgiving” (top); Wendie Malick as Claire and Allie’s long-dreaded confrontation with her successor as Mrs. Dr. Charles Lowell (middle); CBS’s advertisement for the episode, from TV Guide’s November 23, 1985, issue (bottom).