Episode Detail: The Gin Game - PBS Hollywood Presents
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore team up for the first time since their 1961-66 pairing on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in this adaptation of “The Gin Game,” D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1977 drama. Van Dyke plays Weller Martin, a sarcastic retired businessman whose constant profanity offends prim Fonsia Dorsey (Moore), a newcomer to the nursing home where Weller has lived for several months. They meet one afternoon on the sunporch, where Weller is playing solitaire, and soon the outgoing Weller has taught her gin. As they play (and as Fonsia keeps winning), their personalities and pasts emerge. It's not pretty, but it is telling.