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'Hudson Nichols' benign racism/classism in this episode may seem odd to those unfamiliar with such 'genteel' activities, but I can say I almost wanted him to be guilty of something as he attempted to 'make a deal' with Mitsou. "It's not you, you understand ..". Nauseating. Submitted by MikeReese, 9/20/2013.
+ I too had a negative reaction to some of the people associated with this episode, but in my case it's the writers: the show opens with a daring topic - only a decade earlier, Grove and Mitsou's marriage would have been unlawful, and while that was no longer the case when this was filmed, it was still a sensitve topic. Enter Mason, who, in keeping with his image of worldliness, is intimate with Japanese customs ...even if he has a hard time pronouncing them. In short it was an embracing of the kind of quiet liberalism the show was known for (Thomas Sowell notwithstanding). So then what happens?? Grove turns out to be a "heel" who has only feigned love as a form of rebellion, and Mitsou finds a nice Nisei handy.... how conveeenient!! Did the writers got second thoughts about turning the episode into a tolerance lesson, or was it never their intention in the first place ?? Whatever the reason(s), it was a rare retreat into the 19th Century....and had me sighing over missed opportunities Notcom, 110917.
Is this the Only episode where a. a Judge appears in Court Without a Robe (Arraignment scene)? b. Perry accepts a Fee in Foreign Money (Yen)? Mike Bedard 7.12.16 MeTV airing. //