My Three Sons

Season 5 Episode 9

Goodbye Again

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Aired Unknown Nov 12, 1964 on ABC
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Mike's life is complicated by the return of his old girlfriend Jean Pearson. He can't bring himself to tell her that he is engaged to marry Sally. Chip and Ernie keep Mike under surveillance to report to fiancee Sally.

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  • Another ghost from Mike's relatively short past.

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    The is one of at least two episodes in which Mike encounters an old flame after becoming engaged to Sally. Here, pretty Jean Pearson, Mike's high school girlfriend, returns to Bryant Park to visit her grandmother. She meets up with Mike and the two go out together. Mike tells himself that they're not really dates, but Jean feels otherwise. He's torn between them. For comic relief, Ernie Thompson (who would become Ernie Douglas the following season after being adopted into the Douglas household), as James Bond 007, offers his intelligence services to Sally (Chip assists him as 008, but Ernie does most of the work) so to keep her informed about Mike's activities. It starts out as fun, but turns out heartbreaking when she finds out through Ernie about Mike and Jean. Mike ultimately does the right thing and gently breaks it off with Jean, without ever having told her he was engaged. Jean, however, has already found out about Sally, courtesy of Robbie, and now Jean is the one with a broken heart, but weathers it with dignity. Ever the wise father, Steve lectures Mike about getting himself in this mess. The melodrama of the Mike, Sally, and Jean triangle mixes well with the cutesy humor of Ernie and his sidekick, Chip, playing private detective.moreless
Meredith MacRae

Meredith MacRae

Sally Ann Morrison Douglas (1963-65)

Barry Livingston

Barry Livingston

Ernie Thompson Douglas (1963-72)

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)

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    • One of Doris Day's signature tunes "Secret Love" (Music by Sammy Fain) is perfectly interpolated into Frank DeVol's music score for this episode.

    • Home-town intrigue has Ernie (and to a lesser extent, Chip) role-playing as professional private detectives, ala James Bond 007. Ernie will reprise this story thread again in Episode # 190 ("My Son, The Ballerina").

    • As Sally had originally worked in the secretarial pool at Steve's place of employment, it is no surprise to see her in the role of Steve's temporary replacement secretary.

    • Mike and Jean reminisce (via flashback) of their high school graduation. The footage utilised here was taken from Episode # 34 ("Trial by Separation") and was Produced and Directed by Peter Tewksbury and Written by A.J. Carothers.

    • The original sponsor of this episode was Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc. makers of Hunt's Catsup, which came in a variety of tasty flavors.

    • This was the second and last episode of the show written by the Considine brothers (see also Episode # 103). Tim has called the episode 'revolutionary' because of the extensive use of flashbacks. Whilst Tim himself would later direct the next to last Black and White episode of the series, they did collaborate on a two-part episode of the "Tarzan" series in 1966, titled "The Deadly Silence" which was later released theatrically in 1970.

    • Although Cynthia Pepper only played the next door neighbour role eight times in the first season, she made such an impression as Mike's girlfriend that you always suspected they'd get married one day. She was offered the title role in the series "Margie" in 1961, thinking she might have made the big time, and promptly left the series. Unfortunately her new show lasted but a single season and she went back to guest star roles. Her appearance in this episode is well handled. Cynthia's father Jack Culpepper, was a former vaudevillian who was the first husband of the late actress-dancer Ginger Rogers.

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