Recap: Bruno finds his pop lifting weights in the basement, and when he's all, "Wha-at's going on?", Papa Martelli explains that he's been depressed ever since it recently dawned on him that he's been a cab driver for a quarter of a century. He grumbles, "Twenty five years is a long time", then stares into space looking wistfully disgruntled.
In the dance gym, Bruno plays piano while Ms. Grant barks at her students as they twirl and leap across the room. During a break, Bruno asks to address the class and prefaces what he's about to say by thanking them for always going the extra mile...then asks if they'd be OK with dedicating Friday's dress rehearsal to his pop, who's celebrating twenty-five years of being a cabbie. I don't know why the cab company isn't on the hook for honoring his years of service, but whatever. Bruno tells the dancers that their gyrating brings sunshine into the heart of a man he's proud to call his pop...and actually gets teary-eyed as he's saying that.
Mr. Shorofsky is annoyed at Miss Sherwood for trying to set him up on a blind date with her gal pal, but she insists it's a marvellous idea. After Mr. Shorofsky storms out of the office, Mrs. Berg tells Miss Sherwood not to give up on the love match 'cause of how badly the crotchety old man needs a little romance in his life. Miss Sherwood follows Mr. Shorofsky to the teachers' lounge and continues to bug him about the blind date and urges him to take her friend to an upcoming symphony. He finally agrees and grumpishly says he's only doing it to get her off his back.
Doris is in a foul mood because of her grandmother's imminent move into her family's home. Coco tells her she would have looooved to have lived under the same roof as her beloved grandmother 'cause she was so special and awesome...but Doris just grumbles that old people give her the creeps.
Mr. Shorofsky's blind date turns out to be Betty White (!), and the two go to a restaurant after the symphony. She tells him she had a lovely time, but Mr. Shorofsky just grunts and says he wasn't wild about the conductor, whose style he found "too romantic". Betty White argues that it's impossible to get too romantic when it comes to Wagner, and he mutters, "Typical female point of view." When the wine arrives at the table, Betty White urges him to take a good long chug, 'cause she's about to tell him why they're really out on a date - and it has absolutely nothing to do with bringing romance into either of their lives, which...bummer.
Doris whiningly asks her mother why Aunt Minnie can't take grandma, so her mother explains that Minnie doesn't have the space - whereas they have a spare bedroom. As Doris continues to pout, her mother says that grandma moving in isn't a done deal - but the retirement home she's currently living in is having financial problems, and whoever runs it is desperately trying to raise enough money to keep it open. Doris is all, "Wha-a?" and immediately perks up.
Mr. Shorofsky goes, "A benefit?" and Betty White tells him that the retirement home where she works is in grave danger of being shut down. She tells him they want to put on a benefit to raise funds - and that they need the kind of musical entertainment that only the singing/gyrating students of the School of the Arts can provide. Mr. Shorofsky brightens and says he has a great idea for the show and thinks she'll be quite impressed with him. Mmm..
The next day, Miss Sherwood tells Mr. Shorofsky she'd be glad to help with the benefit any way she can...then gushes about how positively adorbs he and Betty White must be together (which they totally are, by the way).
Ms. Grant gyratingly leads her dance class in a practice performance while Bruno provides the musical accompaniment...and it goes on for an interminably looooong time. Mr. Shorofsky interrupts to ask the class a favor...and by favor he means an awesome opportunity for all of them. He tells them about the fundraising benefit that's being put on to hopefully prevent a bunch of old people from being thrown out onto the street...and Bruno excitedly chirps, "I'm in!" but then reverts to his usual mopey self when Mr. Shorofsky tells him that the benefit is scheduled for Friday night - the same night as his pop's cabbie-palooza. Bruno stubbornly insists that this dumb celebration can't possibly be rescheduled, and Mr. Shorofsky graciously concedes, and apologizes to everyone for asking the favor at the last minute. He then discreetly confesses to Ms. Grant that he was trying to impress a girl. Awwww!
Doris bursts into the music room to bark at Bruno to change the date of the cabbie-palooza, but Bruno explains it's impossible 'cause all the other cabbies adjusted their schedules to attend, blah blah.. Doris looks peeved, then bitches again about how much she's dreading the arrival of her grandmother - who, I'm guessing, lives in the retirement home that's in danger of having to shut its doors. She then has a brief moment of self reflection when she acknowledges she must be a terrible person for feeling this way, which...duh.
Mr. Shorofsky drops in on Betty White at the retirement home and pulls her aside to break the bad news that the Fame kids aren't available on Friday night to perform at the benefit.
In the school's dressing room, Danny rambles nonsensically to Bruno and Leroy about how Mr. Shorofsky should use better modes of publicity to promote the retirement home benefit. He then pronounces that he knows all about getting the right people to attend, which...whatever, Danny.
Betty White makes the sad announcement to the retirement home residents that, due to cutbacks, the home will have to close its doors next month. She was hoping for a miracle - in the form of money being raised during a benefit that was to feature Fame kids singing and gyrating - but since Bruno's being an inflexibly selfish prick, it is not to be. As the seniors all stand around and look bummed, Mr. Shorofsky invites Betty White to drop by the School of the Arts sometime.
Doris' grandmother arrives at Casa Schwartz - and Doris, being the rude little snot she is, does bitchy impersonations of her voice behind her back. When grandma breezes into the living room, looking impossibly fresh and youthful, Doris is all, "Wha-a?" and is even more impressed when grandma insists they all go to a Knick's game and then party hard into the night.
Papa Martelli tells Bruno he went to a singles' bar, met a stewardess named Courtney, and made a date with her for Friday night. Bruno's all, "Wha-a?" and poutishly says he thought they'd be spending Friday night celebrating his twenty-five years of being a cabbie - but Papa Martelli gets irked and says he has no desire to celebrate that depressing milestone. He then grumbles about getting old, and lumbers up the stairs with Bruno staring after him in annoyance.
Doris gushes to Danny about how awesome her grandmother is, and tells that she, her mom, and grandma all went to a Knick's game last night. She decides she also needs to bore Coco with this news, and drags Danny along as she searches the halls for her.
Bruno whines to Mr. Shorofsky about how his pop doesn't want anything to do with celebrating his twenty-five years of cab driving - and Mr. Shorofsky perks up and goes, "That's great!" and says he can now use the dress rehearsal as entertainment for the retirement home benefit. He then dials back his delight to pretend to care about Bruno's plight and tells him his father is just going through a phase, and that he'll eventually get over it Or not...whatever. He rushes off to call Betty White with the good news.
Danny is on a pay phone, trying to arrange publicity for the benefit. He fibs to whoever he's talking to and says he expects a lot of celebrities to be in attendance.
Rehearsal! For some reason, it looks like Danny is the lead singer/dancer of the upcoming show. How the hell did that happen? Ms. Grant, Mr. Shorofsky, and Betty White all look impressed as they watch the rehearsal, then clap enthusiastically when comes to a merciful end. Betty White happily declares to Mr. Shorofsky, "My people are going to love your people!"
Papa Martelli arrives at the School of the Arts to have a mopish father-son chat with Bruno. Mrs. Berg sees him in the hall and excitedly says, "See you later! It's going to be oodles of fun!" and he scrunches his face in confusion and is all, "Huh? Ah, whatever."
Papa Martelli finds Bruno glumly playing the synthesizer and grumbles about how Courtney is definitely too young for him. Apparently, when he mentioned Martin and Lewis at dinner, she had no idea who he was talking about...and he was so dismayed he wasn't even able to finish out the date. He sheepishly admits he's been acting like a dope lately, and Bruno shrugs and says that sometimes people act like dopes, but assures him he still loves him. He then perks up and says he has a special treat for him.
The seniors start filling up the retirement home's auditorium in eager anticipation of the Fame kids' dress rehearsal. Doris tells her grandma she's had a change of heart and no longer wants to hurl at the thought of her moving in with them...but grandma says, if possible, she wants to stay put at the retirement home 'cause she was only pretending to be youthful and active the other night, and is still exhausted from the Knick's game. Doris puts her sad face on and squeaks, "Can we still love each other?" and grandma assures her they absolutely can, and the two share a hug.
It looks like Mrs. Berg didn't get the memo that the location of the dress rehearsal got changed - which means that none of the show's costumes or supplies made it to the proper venue. Mr. Shorofsky glumly declares, "The show can't go on" and apologizes to the seniors for the totally preventable fuckup. Doris' grandma insists on getting a show regardless and says she would like to hear her granddaughter sing (shut up, grandma), and recruits one of her retirement home friends to play "You Are My Sunshine" on the piano. Grandma starts singing, and she's actually a much better singer than Danny or Bruno - not that that's saying much - and soon everyone is singing along and dancing ballroom style.
A little while later, the media arrives to film the benefit 'cause it must really be a slow news night in Manhattan.
Mrs. Berg, meanwhile, is at the wrong venue with all the costumes and supplies, sitting alone with her party hat on and glumly staring into space. She bitterly mutters, "I suppose this is somebody's idea of a joke." Nope, just really bad internal communication at the School of the Arts.
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