The Donna Reed Show

Weekend Trip

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/24/58
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  • Episode Description
  • This is the very first episode of the long-running series, in which audiences were introduced to the beloved Stone family. In this episode, we get a glimpse of the sometimes chaotic day-to-day life of the Stones, always buffered by the sweet and loving persona of Donna Reed as Donna Stone, TV's first "highly visible" Mom of the 1950s. She dispenses advice, discipline, humor and wisdom to her family, something that was usually reserved for the TV Dads of the era. In the premiere episode, Donna hopes to get away to a ski weekend with her brood, but pediatrician husband Alex's on-call schedule makes this tricky, especially since one of his young patients, Eddie Barclay, has a mysterious illness and Alex doesn't want to leave him in the care of another doctor. Not wanting to disappoint Mary and Jeff (who are both experts at verbally matching wits and insults with one another, as any normal siblings would be), Donna takes charge of things throughout, getting another doctor to take Alex's calls and pinpointing the origins of Eddie's illness to fear of the school bully.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shelley Fabares

    Mary Stone (1958-1963)

  • Donna Reed

    Donna Stone

  • Carl Betz

    Dr. Alex Stone

  • Paul Petersen

    Jeff Stone

  • Andrew McCullough

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Trivia (2)

    • In this episode, the Stones have plans to go skiing at Mount Owens. At the time, Donna Reed was married to Tony Owen who was also the producer of the show so I guess the name chosen for their destination was a nod to Donna and Tony, otherwise known as the Owens in private life.

    • Hugh Corcoran who played Eddie Barclay, is one of the Corcoran siblings of Disney film and TV fame; sister Noreen was on "Bachelor Father" with John Forsythe

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