My Three Sons

Season 2 Episode 5

A Perfect Memory

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Aired Unknown Nov 02, 1961 on ABC
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An old high school sweetheart calls for Steve while he is out. Feeling nostalgic, Steve tries to locate her in town, but never seems to be able to catch up with her as he reminisces about their past relationship. As he arrives home the door bell rings and he gets a disappointment then a surprise.moreless

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  • Another episode that I find speaks to me.

    9.5
    Like "London Memories", which I reviewed earlier, this one is personal. Mike tells Steve that he gave an old friend of Steve's a lift into town (resulting in a flat tire). Steve asks Mike who the old friend was, even though he seems more interested in reading the paper. He suddenly forgets the paper when Mike tells him the name: Josephine Kringles, a girl Steve dated in high school and might have married if not for circumstances that separated them. Steve spends much of the episode reminiscing about their time together, mostly good times, but ending with the sad news that Josephine's father is taking a job in California. Josephine, of course, must go with him. She tells Steve he'll find someone else. He says no, but as we know he would find someone. They give each other a sad embrace, and never see each other again. When his mind returns to the present (1961) Steve gets home and finds that his former love, now married and with a wonderful family of her own, won't be there to see him, preferring to leave their memories of each other as they are. What would have happened had her father not taken that job? They would never know. Like Steve, neither will I.moreless
William Frawley

William Frawley

William Michael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey (1960-65)

Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMurray

Steve Douglas (1960-72)

Tim Considine

Tim Considine

Mike Douglas (1960-65)

Don Grady

Don Grady

Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

Stanley Livingston

Stanley Livingston

Chip Douglas (1960-72)

Patricia McNulty

Patricia McNulty

Josephine Kringles

Guest Star

George Spicer

George Spicer

Young Steve Douglas

Guest Star

Dennis Whitcomb

Dennis Whitcomb

Larry Peckinpaugh

Guest Star

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    • The opening cue of background music following on from the main credits sequence is the only intact thing left over from Jeff Alexander's score which interpolates several cues better suited to . Like all of the offical DVDs of this series, most of the episodes have had their music replaced by generic synthesizer music totally ruining the effect the show's producers had.

    • In the final scene when the camera slowly pulls back on Fred MacMurray as he reads his letter, the tune "As Time Goes By" (Lyrics and Music by Herman Hupfeld) underscores this tender and poignant closing scene.  Unfortunately all of Jeff Alexander's original score has been ripped out of this version for home video and has been replaced with generic synthesizer music.

    • Read about a time-line inconsistency regarding the Steve Douglas character in the trivia notes for Episode # 218 in the seventh season.

    • More trivia: Using a pocket-knife, the young Steve carves the following moniker into the booth table at the malt shop "June 3, 1931 - Josephine and Steve". Similarly as a high school musician, Steve has the name "Ragtime Romeo" painted on the side of his vintage car.

    • The music for this episode was scored by Jeff Alexander, who did a great job of interpolating the tunes "Just One More Chance" (which Steve plays on the saxophone when he visits Wilson Hall at the high school; the sheet music rests on the stand in front of him) and "Goodnight Sweetheart" into his underscore. The former had lyrics and music by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston, the latter by Guy Lombardo. As noted previously though, the official DVD of this episode replaces all of the original background music score with generic synthesizer music. Why is anyone's guess.

    • Patricia McNulty's on screen credit has her first name being shortened to Pat, and George Spicer's correct credit is Steve Douglas (boy).

    • For trivia sake: What's in a Lindy Hop Special? Two scoops of ice cream, a couple of rings of pineapple, some chocolate syrup, alot of whipped cream, and served with a side dish of almonds. Price? 75c.

    • Virginia Rose's credit should really be Woman's voice as she is heard off-screen as Josie's mother.

    • Guest star Dennis Whitcomb later became a writer and not only wrote for this series, but also penned episodes of "The Munsters" and "I Dream Of Jeannie" among others. (See Episodes # 298 & 351 for further details).

    • Billy Nugent appears uncredited as Billy.

    • As Production #6272-0018, this overly nostalgic episode was originally produced quite early during the first season, but was held over for telecast to the following year. The final shooting draft of the original script is dated November 7, 1960 which was virtually a year before its first airdate.

    • Austrian born character actor Ludwig Stossel retired from acting after this appearance, after having played in nearly a hundred motion pictures. He died in January, 1973 at the ripe old age of 89, a scant few weeks short of his 90th Birthday. His role in this episode is merely credited as Janitor.

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