Television: Life with Ma

"Well," said the announcer, his tone lush and breathless, "Esther just doesn't know what to do! She feels that she owes her husband Jack nothing; he hurt her in every way one person can. But now he's in need; he's alone and sick! What would you advise Esther if you were Ma? Well, Esther went over to see Ma, and now at about half past 5 in the late afternoon we find them on Ma's front porch. Listen!"

To the 18 million housewives tuned in to Ma Perkins this week, there was little doubt that bighearted Ma would help caddish Jack. For...

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