Here Come the Brides

Season 1 Episode 4

The Man Of The Family

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Oct 16, 1968 on ABC

Episode Recap

Clancey brings the son of one of the brides to town and the trouble begins!

Reverend Gaddings proposes to Polly Blake, who tries to see Jason to discuss what the term "marriageable" means. Before she can talk to him, Clancey arrives in town with Polly's son, Tommy. Polly explains that she is a widow.

If Polly is considered "unmarriageable", then the bet between the Bolt brothers and Aaron Stempel will be over, with Stempel winning Bridal Veil Mountain. Complicating matters is Tommy, who is opposed to his mother's engagement and a generally nasty brat of a child.

It all comes to a head when Tommy goes to the chapel and in a fit of anger shakes the ladder that Reverend Gaddings is on, knocking him down and rendering him unconcious.

At a town meeting to discuss whether Polly's marriageable, Reverend Gaddings interrupts Aaron's speech and says she is marriageable, because if she is interested, he wants to marry her. Tommy learns that adults need love, too, and now approves his mother's marriage.

The side story is that one of the brides, Debra, has decided that she's interested in Big Swede and asks Miss Essie to make her a dress that will attract her eye. On the way to Polly's wedding, Miss Essie falls into some mud, Debra laughs and Big Swede scolds Debra and takes Miss Essie home.