Down in the CamFoyer, the whole big group of losers is getting ready to depart for dinner. Annie's wearing one of those big-ass fake flowers on her lapel. How ultra-fashionable of her. Not. I think it's safe to say that once those flowers started turning up in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, as they did here about six months ago, the time may be right to retire them from your wardrobe. Lucy tries to get her fainting act going, but nobody's paying any attention. Before Lucy can get to the actual fainting part, Mary comes downstairs in her bathrobe, claiming to be sick. Lucy turns to Ruthie and demands to know if the girl talked to Mary. Ruthie says, "I didn't talk to her," with such disgust that I have to laugh. To me it sounds like Ruthie's implying that nobody in her right mind would want to talk to Mary, and I have to agree with her. Annie allows Mary to stay home, leaving Lucy incensed.
At the dinner table, Rabbi Richard leads us through two of the rituals of the Shabbat table before launching into a stand-up routine. Amazingly, he's a lot less annoying than he has been over the past two episodes. I'm thinking that maybe the writers have finally decided that it's wiser to let him use some of his own material instead of the dreck they usually churn out for the guest stars. It also helps that he keeps his routine short. Rosina Conehead gets up to bring the soup to the table. Annie offers to help, but Rosina politely tells her to sit down since she's a guest. Annie insists, though, and then looks terribly affronted when Rosina says that PC will help her instead. Has Annie ever actually been a guest at anyone's house for dinner? First she insults the hostess by bringing her own food, and now it's almost like she's insulting Rosina further by implying that she can't bring food to the table properly without Annie's help. Look, Annie, one offer of help is nice. Now step aside and let the hostess do her work, okay?
Morris changes the subject by thanking the Glasses for having him over. Dopey brings up the fact that Morris is "half-Jewish." Rabbi Richard is polite enough not to challenge that statement, instead just asking if Morris's family does Shabbat dinner. They don't, although Morris remembers having dinners at his grandfather's place, where they would light "about a dozen" candles. Rabbi Richard points out that Morris must be thinking of Chanukah. Actually, as a few posters have noted in our forum, some people like to light many candles for their Shabbat dinner, so maybe Morris is right after all. I'm a little less inclined to believe it, though, when Morris starts confusing other basic facts, such as calling this dinner a seder. Rabbi Richard puts Morris out of his misery by changing the subject, giving us a little PSA on the various Jewish movements. We learn that the Glasses are Reform Jews, though they keep kosher because Rosina was raised to do so. Rabbi Richard offers to field questions about Judaism, and Ruthie starts off innocuously enough, asking why Mrs. Glass covered her eyes while saying a blessing. (Answer: To focus her devotion.) Ruthie goes on to ask about circumcision, which causes nearly everyone at the table to drop their cutlery. Rabbi Richard handles it well, though, explaining how the custom originated as a covenant between Abraham and God. Ruthie's next statement, "I just wonder what made Him think of that: circumcision," is one which Richard wisely chooses to ignore, however.