My World and Welcome to It

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (2)

  • "There are two things a wife can't stand: a husband coming home early or a husband coming home late. Oh, and one other thing: a husband coming home in the middle of the day."

  • John: Every time I hear of the Nobel Prize being awarded for medicine I think of the common cold...so far, the only progress made toward finding a cure for the common cold has been the totally inadvertent discovery that a hot rum toddy, taken occasionally, won't do a single bit of good, but it isn't a bad idea. However, in the case of juvenile victims, this method is frowned upon unless they can produce a driver's license. Has it ever occurred to you, as a reflection on our civilization, that no one in this country is allowed to become intoxicated until they've learned how to drive a car? Lydia: Daddy, are people who see things and daydream, are they, well, normal? John: No, they're much better than that. Why, for heaven's sake, they're the artists, the poets, the bums, the cream of society. They get a lot more out of life than normal people. For one thing, they're never lonely or cold or hungry, because they've got their imagination to keep them warm and to keep them company. And, don't you believe for a minute that because they see things that you don't, that those things aren't there.

Notes (21)

  • This episode was in part inspired by Thurber's short story "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox."

  • This episode is inspired by parts of three Thurber stories: "The Dog Who Bit People," Memorial," and "The Topaz Cufflinks Mystery." This episode had the same title, premise, and (mostly) characters as a 1959 pilot for an unsold series called The Secret Life of John Monroe, written by the writer of this episode, Melville Shavelson, and Danny Arnold, the show's producer (who also plays a small role in this episode).

  • The Thurber stories used for this episode are, not surprisingly, "The Unicorn in the Garden" and "The Night the House Caught Fire."

  • The cartoon John quits over is one of Thurber's most famous, in which a woman says to the hippopotamus standing in front of her and next to an unoccupied shoe and hat, "What have you done with Dr. Millmoss?"

  • Probable inspirations for this episode are Thurber's stories "The Lady on 142" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

  • When Thurber submitted this cartoon to Harold Ross, editor of The New Yorker, Ross reacted just the way Greeley does, and in fact some of the dialogue in the scene is taken from Thurber and Ross's actual conversation about the cartoon.

  • The Thurber cartoon used in this episode shows a couple in bed, a seal leaning over the headboard, as the wife says, "All right, have it your way--you heard a seal bark."

  • The inspiration for this episode comes from Thurber's story "The Case of Dimity Ann."

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Trivia (1)

  • In their Sept 21-27 1974 issue, TV GUIDE printed an article called "Bring Back Jim Nabors!" written by Richard K. Doan - detailing letters that network recieve from viewers after its announced that their favorite shows have been cancelled. The article concluded with this paragraph... 'Another time there was an eerie note following NBC's decision to lop off My World and Welcome to It, based on the late James Thurber's stories. "I'm sorry to hear you're dropping my show." the letter stated -- and sure enough it was signed "James Thurber".'

Allusions (1)

  • John: You thought it was cute when Rosemary had her baby! Rosemary's Baby was a best selling novel and horror movie concerning a woman bearing the devil's child.