One Day at a Time (1975–1984): Season 9, Episode 15 - Parting Company - full transcript

♪ This is it, this is it

♪ This is life, the one you get

♪ So go and have a ball

♪ This is it, this is it

♪ Straight ahead
and rest assured

♪ You can't be sure at all

♪ So while you're
here, enjoy the view

♪ Keep on doing what you do

♪ Hold on tight,
we'll muddle through

♪ One day at a
time, one day at a time

♪ So up on your
feet, up on your feet

♪ Somewhere
there's music playing

♪ Don't you worry none

♪ Just take it like it comes

♪ One day at a
time, one day at a time

♪ One day at a time

♪ One day at a
time, one day at a time

♪ One day at a time
♪ One day at a time

- Then the camera
pulls back to reveal

our attractive young
couple sipping your wine

at the top of Mount Rushmore.

- I like it.

- It's romantic, and it's
in keeping with the theme

Clevelle wine turns up in
the most unexpected places.

- I like it very much, Ann.

- Oh, I'm glad, thank you.

All right, for our second
segment, we have...

- I am in love.

- And I'm with a client.

Mr. Schuester, I'd like you
to meet Francine Webster,

my business partner.

This is Gene Schuester
of Clevelle Wineries.

- It's very nice to meet
you, Miss Webster.

- Have you ever been
in love, Mr. Schuester?

- Well...
- His name is David.

I met him last night at
an advertising convention.

He's from Chicago.

He has great hair.

- Funny you should
mention Chicago.

Chicago is the scene
of our next segment.

- Oh, he is fantastic.

- So is the segment.

- Oh, I'm sorry
Ann, Mr. Schuester.

Please go ahead
with the presentation.

I do not want to
take business time

extolling the virtues
of probably the most

ideal man on the
face of the Earth.

- That's very considerate.

- When you're going to
be able to see for yourself

because he's just
downstairs parking the car.

- Francine, may we continue?

- Oh of course, of course.

I'll just stand right here
and wait for my man.

- All right, the second
segment features

our attractive
young couple again,

this time picnicking on top
of the World Trade Center.

- Hello there.

- Was I right?

Look at that hair.

Everybody, I would like
you to meet David Powell.

David, this is my partner...

- Ann Romano.
- Yes.

- Hello David, nice to meet you.

Gene Schuester, David Powell.

- Hello, Gene.

- Are you Powell of Powell
and Myers Advertising?

- Yes, I am.

- My pleasure.

Our company's tried to work
with you on several projects,

but you cost too much.

- Well, the best always does.

- Well, you seem to be
in the middle of a meeting.

Why don't we just...
- Oh no no no, David.

That's quite all right.

Ann is just finishing
up a little presentation.

Why don't you sit down?

I would love you to
see some of our work.

Go ahead, Ann.

- Okay.

- Okay.

Keeping in mind that
Clevelle wine turns up

in the most unexpected places.

This third segment,
we see the wife of a

foreign diplomat
about to christen a ship,

but she can't quite bring
herself to break the bottle

when she discover it's Clevelle.

- Great.

That's three solid spots.

- Thank you.

- What do you think, David?

I mean, Ann, as
long as he's here.

- Well, I think that ad
will sell a lot of wine.

- [Ann] Thank you.

- Oh David, I see
those wheels turning.

Please, tell us
what you really think.

Oh come on, tell us,
Annie doesn't mind.

- Sure.

Go ahead, David.

If you have anything
to add, feel free.

- Well, it's just a thought.

Clevelle wine turns up in the
most unexpected places, right?

- That's our theme.

- Okay.

Sunday morning, church.

The parishioners are lining
up to receive the sacrament.

Now, the priest notices
he's running out of wine.

So the older boy runs to
the back to get some more

and discovers
the supply is gone.

So what is he gonna do?

He takes the situation
in his own hands,

runs to the rectory, and
gets a bottle of Clevelle

from the priest's private stock.

Sneaks it to the
priest just in time.

Now, as the parishioners
drink the wine,

the priest notices
they're enjoying it

a little more than usual.

So finally, he
pours himself some,

sniffs the bouquet,
appreciates its obvious qualities,

and smiles.

- David, that is wonderful.

Isn't that fabulous, Ann?

- Well, aside from
the fact that it's

in questionable taste...

- That's interesting.

I like the concept.

- Well if you like
it, steal it, I'm easy.

- Well, it's certainly
worth exploring.

- Sure.

We'll kick it around.

- Why don't we do it at lunch?

My treat, I mean, that
is if you're through.

- Thank you, but I would...
- Sure we are.

- Oh of course we are.

Why don't we go to Ferguson's?

- How about the Gas Light?

I know the chef there.

- What a surprise.

- Uh huh, uh huh.

No, no, no, no, I'm out
here to start a branch office.

Handball, I'd love to, but
I'm on a tight schedule.

Hold on.

Sweetheart, you don't
have to do that now.

- Oh it's all right,
sewing is my hobby.

Anyway, it's all finished.

Oh, you want that out?

- Francine.

- [Francine] Oh.


- Could you two
play someplace else?

- Annie, you are
going to be so pleased

when you find out what
David is doing for us.

- Why is he doing it
for us on my desk?

- David is so generous.

He has all of these
business contacts

and he's setting up
appointments for us.

He's going to
double our business.

- Yes, they're a small
agency, but sharp.

- Ann, if even half of
them become clients,

we'll, well, let's just
say that I won't have to

admire that Vale condominium
from afar anymore.

- And you won't
have to worry about

getting lost in the shuffle.

Romano Webster
will treat you as if

you're their only client.

Yeah, they're very selective.

That sounds good, Doug.

My love to Mary, bye bye.

- David, you are wonderful.

- It's no big deal honey,
it's just a few phone calls.

- David, I'm sure we
appreciate what you're doing...

- It's really no trouble, Ann.

It's entirely possible none
of these turn into accounts,

but I think they deserve a shot.

Now, Miles Clark,
you meet on Thursday.

He owns a chain
of racquetball clubs.

Now, we went to
Harvard together and I...

- He went to Harvard.

I love that about you, David.

- Harvard, nice school.

- Well, school doesn't
do much to prepare you

for this business, does it, Ann?

- I wouldn't know, I
took a different route.


- Hmm, that's rough.

- Oh, yes it was.

- Well, it is always
good to have the edge.

So let me warn you, Miles
cannot stand aggressive women.

Now, Steve Jacobson,
on the other hand,

loves aggressive women.

- Oh good, then you
can be yourself with him.

- I believe in
always being myself.

- Ann, is that necessary?

We are trying to succeed.

- Look you two, I really
don't want to be rude,

but I really feel that
we can get the clients

all for ourselves.

Yes, we've done
pretty well so far.

- Well, why don't
you two talk it over

and let me know at dinner?

I'll get the elevator, Francine.

Oh, what time should we
be at your place tonight, Ann?

- My place?

- Seven or 7:30.

Annie likes to have that
little extra time in the kitchen.

I'll be right down.

- Okay.

- I'm not going to need
that little extra time

in the kitchen because you see,

I'm not going to be
entering the kitchen.

I'm going to be spending
the evening alone,

curled up with a
pizza, thin crust.

- Oh Annie, please don't say no.

David wants to meet my
friends and, well, that's you.

- Hi.

Oh Francine, there's a man
holding the elevator for you.

Hurry up, he's cute.

- That would be my David.

Isn't he fabulous?

The man has no faults.

We have so much in common.

See you tonight.


- She is unbelievable.

And him, he's pompous.

He's pushy, he's a know it all.

- Yeah, you've said
those things before.

You never said he
was handsome, though.

- Let him be handsome
someplace else, okay?

He's here all the time.

He's making me crazy.

- Don't worry about it, Mom.

I mean, you know Francine.

She goes through
three guys a week.

- This one is different.

- Yeah well, just
be careful, Mom.

I mean, you know the
way it was with Julie.

Once you hated
someone, she loved them.

Why not pretend to like him?

He'll be gone tomorrow.

- I don't know.

Yeah well, maybe you're right.

Okay okay, all right, all right.

I will have them
for dinner tonight.

- Oh can I come, too?

I mean after all, it
was your husband

who took my husband fishing.

I'll bring dessert.

- Seven o'clock.

- Chocolate cake?

- No, nothing with chocolate.

- Chocolate chip cookies?

- Okay.

- Oh, aren't dinner parties fun?

The preparation, the
anticipation, the food.

- Oh Mom, don't
expect much fun tonight.

Not with this guest list.

- Well what exactly
is wrong with David?

- He's cool, he's charming,
he's smooth, he's smart.

- Oh, that's just awful.

- Well, I'm gonna put
aside my personal feelings

for one night.

He is a guest and I'm
going to be gracious enough

to prepare a nice dinner.

- That's wonderful
of you Annie, dear.

Barbara, honey, you
want to come help me

with the vegetables?

- Sure, where are they?

- Annie?

- Vegetables?

- To go with the roast.

- I didn't think it was
necessary to go overboard.

I'm sure there's some rice
in the cupboard somewhere.

- Annie, convicts
eat better than that.

(doorbell rings)

- Mom, I'm sure
everything will be fine.

It's just one evening,
it's just one evening,

it's just one evening.

Hello, it's so nice to see you.

Hello David, come on in.

I'd like you to meet
my daughter, Barbara.

David Powell.

I'll take your coats.
- It's nice to see you.

- I remember you.

We spoke outside
Francine's office.

- That's right, you were
holding the elevator.

- Yep, it's a part time job.


- This is my mother, Katherine
Romano, David Powell.

- Katherine, when I
was 17, I fell in love

the first time, the girl's
name was Katherine.

Every time I hear that
name, I'm 17 again.


Ann, you have a lovely home.

- Why, thank you.

- Would you like
a glass of wine?

- That'd be nice.

- Terrific.
- Oh, David.

Why don't we sit down?

- I told you he was an operator.

When I was 17.



- So David, Francine tells
me that you're in advertising.

- Oh, he is
advertising in Chicago.

- Francine...
- Well, it's true.

- Francine overrates
everything I do.

- Oh, I hadn't noticed.

- Here, let me
help you with that.

- [Barbara] Oh, thank you.

- Spent a lot of summers
working as a bartender.

- Wow, David, bartender,
advertising whiz, Harvard man.

Is there no end to
your accomplishments?

How do they get along
in Chicago without you?

- I think they manage.

- Well, they will have
to because David's

going to be spending
a lot more time here.

There's his business to
attend to and our business

and our business.

I would like to
propose a toast to

all of my dear friends
who are gathered here,

and to dear, dear David.

The man to whom I've
given my heart and my hand.

- What has she given him?

- I would like you all
to be the first to know.

In two weeks, David
will have the honor

of becoming my husband.

I'm so happy.

Oh hello, Katherine.

- Oh Francine, I'll get Ann.

- Oh no actually, you're
the one I'm looking for.

- Me?

- Yes, I need your advice.

- Wait.

Did you just say that
you need my advice?

- Yes, advice.

- Oh, this poetry.

Come and sit down, let's talk.

Let's have a good time.

Come on, sit down
Francine, relax.

- Francine, hi.

What are you doing here?

- Yes yes, what is it that
you said you came here for?

- I just told you.

- Well, repeat it.

- I said that I...
- Louder, louder.

- I said that I came
here to get some of

your words of wisdom.

- God bless you.

- Well, thank you.

It's about my marriage.

- Oh, this ought to be good.

- Francine, I am
so happy for you.

- Oh how sweet, thank you.

I believe he does me justice.

So few do.

So that is the reason I
would like to keep this one.

- I see.

- Now, what I want to know
is how to be a good wife.

Naturally, I couldn't ask Ann,

so that's why I've come to you.

Any tips or hints that
you could give me,

I would be ever so grateful.

- All right, fine.

I think it's best if we start
with the overall picture.

Annie dear, are you
paying attention to this?

This is marital advice.

You know, the stuff that
you never did listen to?

- But got anyway.

- Go ahead, dear.

- Well, I want to know
how to tend to a man.

I've never really
tended to a man before.

- Uh huh, well whatever you do,

don't tell him what he
doesn't need to know.

- Mom, I can't believe
you're saying that.

I mean, even before the
divorce, no matter what,

at least I was totally
honest with Ed.

- Avoid total honesty.

- Now don't worry, honey.

You are starting with the
perfect ingredient, David.

He's wonderful, wonderful.

- Yes he is, isn't he?

He will make the perfect groom.

Oh, I am so excited
about this wedding.


How do you feel about lilac
for the bridesmaid's dresses?

Do you think I dare wear white?

Why not?

We only get married once.

Well, some of us do.

- Francine, wear what you want.

It's your wedding.

- Oh, but your
opinion matters, Ann.

The matron of honor
plays a very important part

in the ceremony.

- What?

- Well, I'd say maid of honor,
but why deceive ourselves?

Annie, it would give
me great pleasure.

Will you?

- I'm sorry, I can't.

- Well, I know we haven't
always gotten along...

- No no no, it has
nothing to do with you.

I'm flattered that you asked me.

Under different circumstances,
I'd probably be touched.

- I don't understand.

- Don't make me explain.

- Ann, why can't you
be my matron of honor?

- Because I cannot
stand beside you

and watch you
marry a man I detest.

- Annie.

- David is egotistical, he is
aggressive, he's opinionated.

- My David?

- Her David?

- Why am I the only
one who can see it?

- Boy, that is a good question.

- Look, he has maneuvered
his way into your life.

Fine, hey, that's your life.

But I really wish
he would keep his

Ivy League nose
out of our business.

- You are coming very
close to being insulting.

- It's clear we've
reached an impasse.

I mean, you want David
involved in our business, I don't.

There's only one
sensible thing to do.

- Do tell.

- Dissolve the partnership.

- You're serious?

- Deadly.

- Of course she's
not, you know Ann...

- I'll buy you out.

You set the terms.

- Do you hear
what you're saying?

Don't listen to
what she's saying.

- I mean it, Francine.

- All right, fine.

If that's what you want.

We'll work out the
terms tomorrow.

Katherine, thank you
for all of your help.

I'll see you in church.

- I'm gonna lie down.

- Hold it, hold it.

What just happened here?

- Wasn't it obvious?

- You were outrageous.

The things you said about David.

In the first place,
Annie, your opinions

were inappropriate and in the
second place, you were wrong.

- You don't know the man.

- Well I know that
you're not seeing

this situation clearly.

- Mom, you have
always said that I'm a very

good judge of character.

I am telling you something.

I do not trust this man.

He will marry Francine,
he will continue to interfere,

he'll take over.

- Ah, is that it?

Is that what you're afraid of?

- I am not afraid
of anything, Mom.

I have built up my
business from nothing.

I run it practically
single handedly...

- And you don't want to lose it.

- I won't lose it, Mom.

I mean, do you really
think I'm threatened

by some big city hot shot?

- Yes, I do.

Now it seems to
me that the only thing

that David has done
wrong is to be more

educated than you are
and more experienced...

- It's not necessary to
be cruel Mom, okay?

- Honey, I'm not being cruel.

I'm being honest.

And that's what you'll
say too, when you

think about it for awhile.

You know, honey, I've
always thought of myself

as being pretty accomplished.

You know, I can
cook and I read a lot

and I can knit a sweater
that'll make your head spin.

- So...
- So, so.

So every time your Aunt
Betty comes to visit me,

I start getting anxious.

See, she's been
all over the world.

She tells stories about
Nairobi and New Delhi.

They're dull stories.

That's not the point,
that's not the point.

See, I've done my
share of traveling too.

But when I'm around
Betty, I just feel inadequate.

- Come on, Mom, this is
a totally different situation.

- Oh?


Well, that's good.

That's great.

Because I think you're
gonna feel just terrible later

when you've said all those
horrible things about David,

upset Francine,
broke up a partnership,

all because Aunt Betty's
been to Cairo and you haven't.

Honey, why don't you lie down?

You look so tired.

- Francine, I'm very
happy that you agreed

to have lunch with me
today after yesterday,

after what happened, I
mean, after what I said.

I said some wrong things.

- Wrong?

- All right, terrible.

They were terrible things.

And that's why I
wanted to see you today,

to explain why, after one
very sleepless night last night,

I made some
discoveries about myself

and I felt it important
that I share them with you.

- Bonjour, and welcome
to Le Petit Mulat.

My name is Pierre
and I will be serving you.

The special today is solo
mousse with a raspberry sauce.

- Could we have
some water, please?

- Certainly.

Yo Bob, two waters.

- It's just like being there.

- Pardon, s'il vous plait?

- Ah sure, you're welcome.

- I can never make up my mind.

- Francine, do you
remember the other day.

You said you
considered me your friend.

- I remember.

- Well that was really
nice because you see,

friends can say
anything to one another.

They can open up without
fear of being judged.

They can be vulnerable,
they can confide.

- Excuse me, would
you mind tilting that

just a bit more this way?

Thank you.
- No, that's fine.

Francine, I want
to confide in you.

- I can't make out number six.

Is that beef bourguignon?

- No, beef bourguignon
is number seven.

Number six is spinach casserole.

- I've been very
unfair to David.

And so, I thought...

- I just don't feel
like a casserole.

- Well, how about
scallops, number two?

- Francine, I won't...
- How is it prepared?

- In a white wine sauce.

- They were great.

- I don't know,
I've just never felt

comfortable with scallops.

- Tell us when you decide.


What was I saying?

- You treated
David like an animal.

- Right, but the reason
why is the important thing.

You see, I built a
career for myself,

a successful career.

- Isn't that Prince, no is it...

- I've worked hard and long
and I'm good at what I do,

I know that, but
deep inside, there's a

little voice that says,
Annie, you've just been lucky.

- I just read about him
in People Magazine.

- You don't have the
education, the experience,

or the background.

Someday it's all
just gonna fall apart.

Well you see, when
David's around, that voice

gets even louder.


Do you understand
what I'm saying?

- Of course, Ann.

You were being
petty, now you're not.

- No, it goes a little
deeper than that.

What I'm really
saying to you is I want

our business to continue.

- The article said he has
a fleet of Rolls Royces.

- I want you and
David to continue,

no matter what
adjustments I have to make.

- They are all beige.

- Francine, I have
just revealed a very

private part of myself to you.

- And it was lovely.


I would like to
send a bottle of wine

to the gentleman at that table.

What is your best
white burgundy?

- Punanign Montrose 76.

- What is your next best?

- 75.

- Make it the 75.

I'm not sure about him yet.

- Francine, you
don't know that man.

- Not yet.

- Does the name
David ring a bell?

- Well Ann, yes,
of course it does.

David has been a beautiful
and important part of my life.

- Has been?

- Well, I'm beginning to
fear that nothing lasts forever.

You know, the
past couple of days

I've been thinking about
David and, well Ann,

have you ever noticed that he
has the most annoying habit?

He scratches the
back of his hand.

He looks like a fruit
fly, it's very unattractive.

- Excuse me.

After you take the
75 over to that table,

would you bring the
bottle of 76 to this table?

For my friend and me.

(upbeat music)