Sam Horowitz, a rich, retired Jewish widower, has been mugged, slashed with a knife, and had a stroke. Home from the hospital and in a wheelchair, he's cheerful about nothing and very anti-Black, the color of his attackers. He is less than enchanted by the black therapist hired to nurse him, but Mrs. Washington is a determined tyrant. A stormy but fond relationship develops. When Sam's daughter tries to move him to a nursing home, he and Mrs. Washington prevail.
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