Chico and the Man (1974–1978)

The Third Letter 

Ed needs three letters of reference in order to process his application to adopt Raul.


Jack Donohue


James Komack (created by), Ben Starr | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Albertson ... Ed Brown
Scatman Crothers ... Louie Wilson
Gabriel Melgar Gabriel Melgar ... Raul Garcia
Della Reese ... Della Rogers
Barbara Sharma Barbara Sharma ... Amanda Wilkerson
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Hector Ramirez (as Rodolfo Hoyos)


Ed needs three letters of reference in order to process his application to adopt Raul.

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14 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Barbara Sharma back as the social worker
5 July 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Third Letter" continues the exhausting adoption process begun by social worker Amanda Wilkerson (Barbara Sharma). In need of three letters of reference, Ed has no trouble receiving two from Louie and Della, but the third remains elusive. An angry confrontation with Hector Ramirez (Rodolfo Hoyos) over a damaged muffler results in Amanda's withdrawal of the application, on the grounds that no foster parent is allowed to discipline by spanking. Raul smooths things over with the Ramirez so that he'll compose the third letter of reference on Ed's behalf. Ed isn't too thrilled to lose a brand new muffler, but Amanda is able to process the application. It's patently absurd to assume that a man in his 60s could so easily adopt a child, but that's what audiences were expected to swallow. No wonder fewer were watching week after week.

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