A nervous Ralph Kramden appears as a contestant on the popular quiz show "The $99,000 Answer." No sooner has he selected his category -- popular music -- than the show runs out of time. Invited to return on next week's program, Ralph is determined to win the grand prize by memorizing every musical composition ever written. Installing a piano in the Kramden apartment, Ralph drives Alice -- and the rest of the neighborhood -- crazy by loudly announcing the titles of the tunes plunked out on the ivories by his pal Ed Norton. Meanwhile, Ed drives Ralph crazy by "warming up" before each piano selection with a few bars of "Swanee River," a seemingly minor plot device that will figure prominently in the uproarious climax of this award-winning Honeymooners episode. Real-life TV announcer Jay Jackson appears as fictional quiz-show host Herb Norris, while Zamah Cunningham makes one of her periodic appearances as the Kramdens' neighbor Mrs. Manicotti. First telecast on January 28, 1956, "The $99,000 Answer" was written by Leonard Stern and Sidney Zelinka.
by Hal Erickson synopsis