My Three Sons

Season 5 Episode 2

A Serious Girl

Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1964 on ABC



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    • The music for this episode was scored by Gerald Fried.

    • Former actor Hank Jones becomes a semi-regular during this season playing a friend of Robbie's named Pete. He later left acting to become a respected genealogist. Via email, Hank recalled that "One day the word 'catsup' was spoken in a soda-shop scene. There was a big debate about how to pronounce the word ('Ketschup' or 'catsup'). This was relatively important because the show was sponsored at the time by Hunt Foods who made the stuff. They had to telephone to the Hunt offices back east to find out how to say 'pass the catsup'". As Stanley Livingston (Chip) explains, the show's cast members were forced contractually to do commercials for the sponsors. "For a while we had Hunt's ketchup. Bill Frawley must have hated the product as he kept calling it 'ket-chap'. I know he was doing this on purpose, so they had to cut it and do it again. And right in the middle of the thing, he would come out with these outrageous lines or spit out the product and say 'Shit, this stuff is awful ' - I was just rolling on the floor". Strangely enough, the word was definitively spelt Catsup on the original network commercials, which featured the company's line up of tasty new flavors - Italian, Hickory and Pizza.

    • A subplot of this episode, has Ernie being chased by a little blond haired girl named Verna Mae Rittenhouse. Poor Ernie ends up with a shiner for his trouble. Ernie speaks again of this classmate in the color episode "Robbie and the Slave Girl" (Episode # 203). This is no real surprise as both episodes were written by John McGreevey.

    • The original broadcast of this episode was also sponsored by the Quaker Oats Company, makers of 'Aunt Jemmima's Pancake Mix' which came in regular and new easy pour containers.

    • Marta Kristen was about to co-star in CBS television's science fiction fantasy "Lost In Space" (1965-68) and her appearance in that show's 83 hour episodes has given her video immortality for almost four decades. This is her third stint as Don Grady's girlfriend on "Sons". She also appeared in an episode during the first year, and in fact gave Grady his first on-screen kiss; she also kisses him in this episode. Marta's role steals the show. It is a testament to her comedy timing that she can make the deadly serious Lorraine sincerely funny; a deadpan foil to Don Grady's increasingly panicked Robbie.

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