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Family Affair

Season 4 Episode 15

Grandpa, Sir

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Jan 08, 1970 on CBS
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Grandpa, Sir
The siblings' long-absent grandfather pays a visit.

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  • One Of Those "Feel-Good" Episodes that give Warm Fuzzies

    Bill gets a telegram saying that the kids' grandfather, their mother's father is coming to town! The twins forgot that they even had a grandfather. When Grandfather Patterson shows up, he comes bearing presents from Alaska. He wants to spend some time with the kids, but they have already made plans. Grandfather does not feel like he can connect with his grandchildren. I thought, for a short time, that he might try to take them away from Bill, but then I realized he just wanted to visit with them. The kids are very polite, calling him "Sir" or "Mr. Patterson," but while doing that, they barely stay with him long enough to say "Hello Grandfather, sir." and then they're off.

    One day, Mr. Patterson takes them shopping and buys them toys, clothes for Cissy, and then takes them out to eat and to the park, but while at the park, the kids leave him to go play with friends.

    When Cissy is going on a date with boyfriend Gregg, Ted gives her some "mad money" in cass she needs to get home in a cab. Cissy reluctantly kisses her grandfather and goes off with a slightly annoyed Gregg.

    Ted decides he is not getting any closer to his grandchildren so he decides to leave. Bill asks him to just try a little longer. While he goes in to talk to Buffy, she notices that there's a picture on his watch...the picture is of her mother, but it looked just like Buffy. Grandfather tells Buffy all about her mother and they spend some quality "alone time" together.

    After that, the kids start to really appreciate their grandfather and love his stories, especially about their mother. Ted decides to leave while the kids are asleep though. I didn't like that, but he doesn't like "goodbye scenes."

    At least he promises to come back, which is good because along with Aunt Fran from Terre Haute, and Uncle Bill, of course, he is part of a dwindling, family.moreless
  • He is the father of their mother, but Cissy, Jody and Buffy consider him a stranger.

    Ted Patterson, Cissy's, Jody's, and Buffy's maternal grandfather, comes for a visit. Cissy has only vague memories of him, and the twins have none at all. That's because he spent several years in Alaska in the oil business. He is a kindly old man, but no matter what he does or says, he can't seem to get the kids to open up to him and treat him like a grandfather, which saddens him. Bill tries to reassure him that these things take time, but Mr. Patterson comes to realize the futility of it. He sees that Bill has done an excellent job (with help from Mr. French) of raising them, and laments that he could not be there for them. If he had not been in Alaska, he might have been the one raising them. He reluctantly admits that he was being selfish in pursuing success as an oilman in Alaska when his grandkids needed him. The irony is that Bill himself did not exactly volunteer as their guardian, and was less than enthused when they were practically dumped on his doorstep. He too was living the high life. The reason why he ended up as their guardian is because he was, like Mr. Patterson, well-to-do, but unlike Mr. Patterson, was geographically approachable. Perhaps Bill senses this when he and Patterson are talking, but this doesn't seem to matter, because he did in fact take them in and raise them as his own (again, with help from Mr. French). Before returning to Alaska, Mr. Patterson does have a good time with the kids reminiscing about their mother, but it doesn't make up for the lost years.moreless

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