Our Daily Bread
After George Barclay loses his job, the Barclay family wonders what they will do for income.
At the Barclay home one afternoon, Mary, Donna, and Jimmy Barclay are talking excitedly about a promotion and raise they all expect George to receive at work that day. Each one of them has elaborate plans for future purchases: Mary wants to go on a cruise to some exotic location and then remodel the kitchen. Donna plans on buying an entirely new wardrobe and also hints that maybe Mom and Dad could get her a used car. And Jimmy talks about going to several baseball camps this summer.
Then George enters, subdued. In typical Barclay fashion, the family immediately grills him for answers. They ask when George will be receiving his increase, while telling him about all of their plans. George, however, just goes silently into the living room and sits on the sofa, stunned. Mary asks him what’s wrong. George takes a deep breath and tells them that there won’t be any increase, because he got laid off. He doesn’t have a job.
The family all reacts differently. George is depressed. Mary is calm and rational. Jimmy and Donna panic at first, then decide to get jobs. Mary decides to go to work as well. The only one who cannot find work is George. He is despondent until the family comes up with a solution: George will be the managing director of “Barclay Co,” a new firm which offers unconditional support from his family. George accepts the job, and gives his family a big hug.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Why was the family so stunned when George lost his job?
- What do you think about the family’s solution for George?
- Has your family ever faced a situation like the Barclays’?
- How did you handle it?
- To fill time at the end of this episode, a featurette was included that featured Chris and Harlow interviewing fans.
- During George's discussion with the gentleman at the unemployment office he says "We don't always get what we want, but we get what we need; and sometimes, just in the nick of time." This line is very reminiscent of the Rolling Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
- When George explains being laid off, he mentions the company closing that plant and transferring the jobs to Hope, Arkansas. Hope, Arkansas is the hometown of (at the time of the episode's initial airing) United States President Bill Clinton.
John Whittaker: The best is yet to come!
George Barclay: <dreaming> The pickin's mighty slim out in the park, but I did manage to bag this squirrel!
Jimmy Barclay: Eh... That looks more like a rat, Dad.
George Barclay: Squirrel? Rat? It's meat, ain't it? Fire up the stew-pot, Mary! We're gonna eat tonight..... <waking up> No... we can't... No!