“New Years Week” continues.
On December 31, 1984, CBS aired “New Year’s Eve,” the “Kate & Allie” episode in which Kate and Allie (Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin) struggle to find something to do on the final night of the year.
The problems begin when they give teenage daughters Emma and Jennie (Ari Meyers, Allison Smith) permission to throw a New Year’s Eve party – and then are told they aren’t invited.
On the big night, Allie rejects all of Kate’s ideas – bowling, riding the Staten Island Ferry, shopping (“Bloomingdale’s was closed!” she whines) – so they sneak into their basement to eat cold pizza and drink warm champagne.
Allie recalls her many holiday disasters (“My Worst Birthday, by Allie Lowell;” “My Worst Christmas, by Allie Lowell”) and by the end of the night, she and Kate are drunk. “You know what? I’ve had a terrible life!” Allie says, laughing.
As midnight approaches, the women count their blessings: Allie is thankful for her kids, her wardrobe, her two pair of lizard shoes – and Kate.
Kate returns the favor: “I put you right behind Emma – and ahead of my calfskin luggage.”
See for yourself: “New Year’s Eve” is part of the “Kate & Allie: The Complete First and Second Seasons” DVD set.
Here’s the prime-time lineup for Monday, December 31, 1984:
8: “Hardcastle and McCormick” (ABC), “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” (CBS), “King Orange Jamboree Parade” (NBC)
9: “The Big Red One”* (ABC), “Kate & Allie” (CBS), “Hard Knox”* (NBC)
9:30: “Newhart” (CBS)
10: “Cagney & Lacey” (CBS)
For the week of December 30, 1984:
Top novel: “The Talisman” by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Top song: “Like a Virgin” by Madonna
Top movie: “Beverly Hills Cop”
Top TV show: “Dallas” (CBS)
In the news: War raged in Afghanistan
Captions: Allie, played by Jane Curtin, drinks from a bottle of champagne while reminiscing with Kate, played by Susan Stain James in “New Year’s Eve” (top); Allie lays down the law for New Year’s Eve party planners Jennie, played by Allison Smith, and Emma, played by Ari Meyers (middle, bottom).