Family Affair

Season 2 Episode 7

Fat, Fat, The Water Rat

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Oct 23, 1967 on CBS
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Fat, Fat, The Water Rat
Buffy makes friends with a bunch of kids, unbeknownst to her that they hate fancy kids. Mr. French catcher her and forbids her to play with them again. Uncle Bill however supports Buffy's choice and lets her play with her new friends.

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  • Buffy meets and befriends a bunch of street urchins and wants to play with them but Mr. French doesn't approve. Uncle Bill agrees to take her but they must pretend to be poor in order to fit in.moreless

    A lot of people consider this to be one of Buffy's best episodes. It's so refreshing to see Buffy with her hair down and wearing jeans and t-shirt. Uncle Bill also looks cool in his jeans smoking cigarettes with Jackie Coogan on the apartment steps. There is also a very intimate scene where Buffy is in the bath (covered in bubbles of course) and Uncle Bill is sitting on the edge of the tub chatting with her about her problem. The message of course is you can't judge people by the clothes they wear. Buffy makes that very clear at the end of the show when she explains to Jackie Coogan that she wanted to fit in with the kids so that is why they pretended to be poor. The sub plot is ofcourse poor Mr. French who feels he has failed the family because he can't get Buffy to be a little lady. But Buffy loves Mr. French so much that she agrees to wear whatever he wants so that he will stay. How can he resist that.moreless

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    • Fedderson & Hartmann's FAMILY AFFAIR is a repeated or preempted for a special on October 30, 1967.

    • If you notice the actors who play Mr. and Mrs Callahan.
      Marcia Mae Jones and Jackie Coogan were both child actors in the thirties (Marcia Mae Jones did two movies with Shirley Temple Black Heidi and The Little Princess, and Jackie Coogan starred in Peck's Bad Boy and inspired The Coogan Law.) Later he went on to play Uncle Fester in the origional Adams Family.