My Three Sons

Season 2 Episode 1

Birds And Bees

Aired Unknown Sep 28, 1961 on ABC
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Birds And Bees
When Chip announces Tramp is the father of six puppies, Steve is concerned because he has never explained the cycle of life to his son. But before long a confused Chip thinks that his teacher is going to marry his father.

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    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)

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      • Guest Star Joan Taylor would have been around 30 years old when this episode was made. Interestingly she had married producer Leonard Freeman (under her real name Rose) in 1953 and was the mother of his three daughters. She left acting in the early 60s after appearing in a semi-regular role on "The Rifleman" starring Chuck Connors to raise her family. After her husband suffered a heart attack in 1968 she suggested he vacation and relax in Hawaii, which gave him the inspiration to create the long-running hit "Hawaii 5-0". After his death in 1974, Rose Freeman continued to manage both his production company and the show for several decades following its cancellation in 1980. She was also a writer and wrote an 1977 episode of "Family" and co-wrote the 1997 feature film "Fools Rush In" starring a young Matthew Perry. Born in August 1929, she passed away in March 2012 aged 82. She had not been ill and had the fortune to pass away in her sleep merely from old age.

      • Like the previous season, these episodes originally aired on ABC on Thursday nights at 9:00-9:30pm and would continue to do so until the start of the fourth season.

      • Bub's vaudevillian roots are showcased when he says that a man's head is like a doorknob because any woman can turn it. Similarly he tells Chip's teacher that they are having 'Dulligan Stew' for dinner, which is Mulligan stew that's not very interesting!

      • Steve makes mention of Hal Mosby and his wife, his two friends who appeared in the premiere episode of the series a year before.

      • When Steve gives Chip his talk on the life cycle, the lighting of the set is such that in Chip's bedroom, the shadow of the boom microphone can easily be seen on the upper walls. One of the scenes during this talk is used as a flashback to Chip's childhood in Episode # 334 from the Eleventh Season.

      • A very subtle continuity thread begins here when Steve assures Chip that should he someday decide to get married again he will ask all the members of the family, and even have a vote on it, something that indeed he ends up doing in the Season Ten prelude to his character actually tieing the knot. Not coincidentally, George Tibbles was also the writer of that future 1969 episode.

      • While initial Producer-Director Peter Tewksbury called the show's premise of a single parent raising a family a truly depressing one, Producers Tibbles and (boss) Fedderson chose to ignore the potential for pathos and flung themselves wholeheartedly into the comedic consequences of a male-only household. Here in its second season, the writing of the series becomes more consistent as the program moves more towards situation comedy by inserting multiple slapstick-type episodes into the mix.

      • George Tibbles takes over as Producer of the series. The Line Producer is intimately familiar with the day-to-day operations of the production. He works with the upper management of the production company including the Unit Production Manager, First Assistant Director, Director, Art Director, Editor and Composer in preparing the budget and production schedule. All final budgets and schedules have to be approved by the Line Producer. They are responsible for supervising the production on a daily basis, making sure the production goals are met.

      • Director Richard Whorf (1906-66) was a former actor who turned to directing and is credited with many famous hour and half-hours including "Rawhide", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", and "Gunsmoke". After leaving "My Three Sons" at the end of this season he would helm most of the early episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies" which would soon become a number one hit. Coincidentally he also directed the Premiere episode of the "Petticoat Junction" series which was produced by the same company. He died of a heart attack in 1966 aged 60.

      • Tramp will become a father once more in the Season 9 episode, "Life Begins In Katie".

      • The name of Tramp's "wife" is Jelly-Bean Snyder.

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