My Three Sons

Season 8 Episode 2

Robbie Loves Katie

Aired Unknown Sep 16, 1967 on ABC
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Robbie Loves Katie
After advice from his father who tells him it isn't right to tie himself down to one girl, Robbie Douglas, intending to break off his romance with Katie Miller, ends up proposing to her. Soon his heart over rules his head and he buys an engagement ring and sets a wedding date.moreless

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    Barry Livingston

    Barry Livingston

    Ernie Thompson Douglas (1963-72)

    William Demarest

    William Demarest

    Uncle Charley O'Casey (1965-72)

    Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Steve Douglas (1960-72)

    Don Grady

    Don Grady

    Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

    Stanley Livingston

    Stanley Livingston

    Chip Douglas (1960-72)

    Tina Cole

    Tina Cole

    Katie Miller Douglas (1967-72)

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      • According to Don Grady, the one thing that came out of this season was that he almost married Tina Cole in real-life. Cole had married Volney Howard III on October 10, 1965 but they separated not long after the birth of their son in August, 1966. Approximately six months passed by which time Cole had been offered the role of Katie on the series in Spring, 1967. Her divorce with Howard III was finally announced on May 22, 1970. In the interim, because they were having trouble screen kissing believably, Director Fred De Cordova ordered Grady and Cole to go off to the side to practice kissing until they got it right (boy did he have it good!) Grady had known Tina Cole since 1964 and although initially he felt she wasn't the right type to play Katie, in the process he fell madly in love with her after she got the role.

      • As co-owner of the show, Fred MacMurray obviously had a great deal of input into new cast members and he relied heavily on the opinion of his wife June Haver MacMurray. Tina Cole has been quoted as saying that she is convinced that she got the part on the say-so of June who was present at the audition for Katie which as she recalls took a full three hours. She says she never read for the part and it was conducted more as an interview with Producer Ed Hartmann, Director Fred De Cordova and Fred MacMurray and his wife. It could also be possible that Fred asked the show's head writer to name the character after one of his own twin daughters who was named Kate. The trend to call Robbie "Rob" as he matured could also be indirectly linked to MacMurray's oldest (real life) adopted son Rob. Additionally, Executive Producer Don Fedderson (at the urging of Production Manager John Stephens) ran the episode in which Tina appeared the year before (See Episode # 207) and was soon convinced of her suitability. Fred MacMurray and his wife June also approved which may also account for June's quietly championing her cause to Fedderson and her husband.

      • This episode shows the reason why the show's producers can get a great long-shot of the new Douglas house from so far back across the street; there is an intersecting street directly opposite on the CBS Studios backlot with a U.S. mail box on the corner. Both are rarely seen again for the remainder of the series.

      • Despite the coincidence, Robbie tells his father that if he doesn't put a stop to things, he will be a married man on the 7th of next month. Steve succeeds only in delaying the big event two more weeks. But as originally broadcast on CBS, the upcoming wedding episode first aired on October 7, 1967.

      • This episode features less jokes and comic scenes than other episodes of MTS. The focus seems to be more on the dramatic situation of whether Robbie and Katie are too young to get married.

      • Robbie proposes to Katie at the bus shelter depot outside of the Chalmers Cafeteria, which is where Bus # 6082 stops on its Route # 35 to Reseda.

      • Robbie and Steve appear in two sets of clothing during the dinner scenes, our main clue that we have transitioned to another meal the next evening.

      • There is no guest cast this episode.

      • The music for this episode was scored by Jeff Alexander.

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