Jake Malinak (Alex Desert), a black, blind man who operates the newspaper and candy concession stand inside a Bronx diner in New York City.
He is the reluctant confidant of Dr. Becker (Ted Danson), a Caucasian physician who frequents the joint and rambles on about how rotten things are in the world.
Jake lost his sight in a car accident while in high school. Both Jake and his friend (who was driving) were drinking.
Once when frustrated, Jake shouted ”Don’t screw with me. I’m blind and I sell Chiclets for a living!”
Jake was a three time National Scrabble Champion.