The Donna Reed Show

Three Part Mother

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 11/5/58
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  • Episode Description
  • This episode is a single day in the life of Mrs. Stone. The story begins with her waking up, as well as waking everyone else up and ends with checking on / tucking everyone into bed before turning in herself. In between, we learn how much the family depends upon her, when each member of the family has an important event in their life during the same evening. Dr. Stone is giving a speech to the local medical society. He would like her to show up, but as he puts it, "mothers belong to their children." On the other hand, though, a doctor with the medical society tells her it is very important to Dr. Stone's future in the community for her to show up. One of the main purposes of tonight is to allow the members and their wives to check her out, especially given they recently moved to Hilldale. Jeff is a member of the basketball team and Mrs. Stone has been at the last four games, even though Jeff has been warming the bench. Tonight, he is not just going to play (for the very first time), he is starting! It would mean so much for him to have his Mother there watching him play (actually anyone from the family). Mary has been waiting to hear from a school girl's club about her membership. Upon returning home from school, we discover she is in and during their first meeting, the new members introduce their Mothers. Her first meeting is tonight. Tune-in to see how Mrs. Stone juggles her responsibilities as a doctor's wife, and Mother to two children. Is she able to cover all three event or does someone end up with the short straw and if so, who?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shelley Fabares

    Mary Stone (1958-1963)

  • Donna Reed

    Donna Stone

  • Carl Betz

    Dr. Alex Stone

  • Paul Petersen

    Jeff Stone

  • Nate Monaster

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Trivia (2)

    • We learn from Dr. Woody Graham that Dr. and Mrs. Stone are recent transplants to the "small" town of Hilldale, IL.  He isn't specific on to how long they have been there, but says they have made a very good beginning.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Mrs. Stone says Jeff is 11 and Mary is 14 years old.

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