The Donna Reed Show

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 10/18/62
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  • Episode Description
  • The Stone family is having growing pains, now that Mary is 18 and going to college.  After several riffs, Mary decides it's time to leave home for the college dormitory for women.  Mrs. Stone agrees, as she lived in the dorms and found it a benefit in growing up and learning.  Tune in to see how each member of the Stone family reacts to Mary moving out.      

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shelley Fabares

    Mary Stone (1958-1963)

  • Donna Reed

    Donna Stone

  • Carl Betz

    Dr. Alex Stone

  • Paul Petersen

    Jeff Stone

  • Cheryl Holdridge

    Pat Walker

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Mary Stone: Right now when I'm finally old enough to enjoy real friendship with you and Daddy and to appreciate my family, I shouldn't leave. I don't want to. Will you take me back for a little longer?
      Mrs. Stone: We've been waiting for you.
      Mary: Mother, what can I ever do to make it up to you?
      Mrs. Stone: You can slice the frankfurters.

    Notes (1)

    • "CHERYL" Holdridge was the original "CHERYL" on the Mickey Mouse Club Show in the mid-1950s. ADORABLE sweet kid; I'd take her over Annette or Darlene any day! DR

    Trivia (2)

    • A continuity error occurs during Mary's visit home from the dorm.  After reading an article, Mrs. Stone begins rearranging the kitchen and dinning room to reduce the amount of walking she does during the year.  As Dr. Stone and Jeff enter the kitchen she has everything out on the kitchen counter tops and begins explaining to them what she is doing and her plans for where everything should reside both in the kitchen and the dinning room.

      After Jeff leaves to get shelf paper from the car, Mrs. Stone realizes she needs to leave immediately in order to pick Mary up on time for her weekend visit.  As she leaves she tells Dr. Stone to put everything away in its new place.

      After dinner, Mary and Mrs. Stone are preparing to do the dishes.  Mary finds everything out of place, even the mop, which used to be outside but is now in the closet.  Mrs. Stone acts, as thought they've been using this new kitchen arrangement for quite awhile.  The reality, though, is this arrangement occurred this same day.  Additionally, Mrs. Stone left putting everything away to Dr. Stone.

    • Mary lives away from home (in the dorms that are 4.2 miles from the Stone residence) for 3 weeks.

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