Family Affair

Season 3 Episode 11

Ciao, Uncle Bill

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Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Dec 16, 1968 on CBS
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Ciao, Uncle Bill
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Uncle Bill might have found the right woman to marry in Rome, but calls it off when she doesn't like children

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  • The real Mr. French reveals himself.

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    Mr. French, who was less than thrilled when the children came into his relatively simple life as Bill's "Gentleman's Gentleman", shows that he really loves them. So much so that he is willing to quit his job to support them when he thinks Bill is set to abandon them for a woman.



    Bill is in Rome and ready to marry a lovely young native when he sends a message to French telling him to come to Rome, but doesn't mention Cissy, Jodie, or Buffy. French assumes this means Bill's plans for married life do not include the children, so he tells them he won't be going to Rome, but will remain in New York to find a new job and support them. Meanwhile, back in Rome, Bill learns his intended bride doesn't want the kids. Bill, of course, would never think of abandoning them, and the two agree to part ways. His message to French, it turns out, didn't mention the children only because Bill assumed it would go without saying that they would be joining him in Rome.



    Besides Mr. French's, Bill's love for Cissy, Jodie and Buffy is reaffirmed. French is willing to quit his cushy job working for Bill, and Bill is willing to call off his wedding, which, of course, he does. The children, too, show some responsibility in helping out before they learn Bill would never abandon them.



    The last line, spoken by Buffy ("Say Aloha, Uncle Bill, or say Ciao, but don't ever say goodbye!") may be a little cheesy, but it nevertheless captures the sentiment of this episode: that the five of them, including Mr. French, are a family, and will stay that way.



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