My Three Sons

A Lesson in Any Language

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 11/16/61
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  • Episode Description
  • Mike wants to go skiing on the weekend with his friends but must also keep up his Spanish studies. So he adopts the learn while you sleep method via use of a pre-programmed record player. Steve's room has just been painted so he decides to sleep in Mike's bed. Mysteriously, he wakes up speaking Spanish, and the next night Bub does the same. Before long they are both uttering phrases they couldn't possibly know.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Frawley

    William Michael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey (1960-65)

  • Fred MacMurray

    Steve Douglas (1960-72)

  • Tim Considine

    Mike Douglas (1960-65)

  • Don Grady

    Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

  • Stanley Livingston

    Chip Douglas (1960-72)

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  • Notes (6)

    • The music for this episode was scored by Frank DeVol.

    • Two quite subtle changes from the first season include the Douglases home telephone number which is now 2-2110, and that originally Mike had double bunks in his room, but now has a single bed instead.

    • According to information in the archives of Don Fedderson Productions at UCLA, Saul Ilson is uncredited as having wrote an earlier draft of the original story that this teleplay is based on.

    • William Boyett is uncredited as the voice of the TV announcer giving the weather report.

    • This episode reminded me of how a slight adlib can mean so much. Listening to Steve speak another lingo, William Frawley as Bub says the off handed line, "I'm commencing to feel like Desi Arnaz's house boy" an obvious reference to his former employer and co-star on "I Love Lucy" (1951-57). Similarly, Steve wants Mike to cherish learning at a young age, so he pulls a fast one. He makes his own recording that emphasizes the importance of learning the correct way. When Bub hears this recording, he says Steve sounds like an announcer he once knew in Burlington, Iowa. ("Bub", William Frawley was born and grew up in Burlington.)

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