My Three Sons

Three's a Crowd

Season 9, Ep 15, Aired 1/11/69
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  • Episode Description
  • Although Katie confidently calls the look-alike triplets by name, other members of the family doubt her accuracy, and when Steve helpfully bathes them, she admits that she can no longer tell them apart because he washed off the inkdots put on their feet. They must be taken back to the hospital for proper identification.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barry Livingston

    Ernie Thompson Douglas (1963-72)

  • William Demarest

    Uncle Charley O'Casey (1965-72)

  • Fred MacMurray

    Steve Douglas (1960-72)

  • Don Grady

    Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

  • Stanley Livingston

    Chip Douglas (1960-72)

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  • Notes (5)

    • The role of the second nurse is credited to Lisa Benton on the original CBS Enterprises press sheet, not to red headed actress Ila Briton who actually plays the part.

    • This is the storyline that actually confirms that the Douglas triplets are indeed indentical. Various sets of twins portrayed the triplets and then later the Swanson triplets (who had reddish brown hair). The most remembered triplets are of course the Todd triplets (Michael, Daniel and Joseph) who start playing the Douglas triplets from Episode # 343. Their mother Lynn Todd recalled that they were still the best set of blond, blue-eyed boy triplets around. "Central casting remembered them and eventually hired them for the show when the boys were two and a half years old." Lynn also confirmed that her sons were also identical triplets. "They even have identical dental records" she said.

    • Chip recalls a similar lunch swiping incident from his past, and this is a thinly veiled reference to the fifth season episode "A Touch of Larceny".

    • A subplot of this episode has Ernie enduring a practical prankster at school who is stealing lunches from the students' lockers.

    • For the first time on the series there is a long-shot view on the footpath to the left of the Douglas house, which gives the impression that there is another house just in back.

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