This episode takes a serious threat of the fifties as a topic for a sitcom. As such, it uses its time frame more than later instalments. Howard Cunningham wants to build a bomb shelter to protect his family from the threat of nuclear annihilation, the rest of the family soon doubts its purpose. In the final scene Richie tells his father that the survivors of a nuclear war might become jealous of those who perished. This scene and its theme sounded like something you might hear in a show set in the seventies. Richie's speech was reminiscent of the peace movement of the sixties and seventies. In some episodes Richie acts like a goofy, naive kid. Here he becomes a pillar of wisdom. Unusual.
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