My Three Sons

Season 7 Episode 1

Stag at Bay

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Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1966 on ABC
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The usually all-male Douglas household becomes a refuge for an attractive girl dancer who has been evicted from her apartment, when Steve attends an office stag dinner. He takes her home where he lends her some of Robbie's clothes.

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  • Steve assures the family he will be attending a staid bachelor dinner, but a beautiful female entertainer has been hired. Reluctantly agreeing to help her following a police raid, he eventually takes her to the Douglas household.moreless

    8.4
    "Stag at Bay" is my favorite episode of the 7th season. As the first entry of the season, things start off with a bang thanks to the wonderful performance of guest Leslie Parrish. She is thoroughly convincing in portraying Flame and eventually thanking the Douglases, explaining that she will be moving on from her very brief venture into entertainment. A good deal of humor is derived from Steve's attempts to keep Flame's presence unknown to Ernie, who is also up at the late hour. And an earlier scene in which Steve is seen with the lovely young woman, about to escort her home, is priceless.



    Prior to the marriages of Rob and Steve in upcoming seasons, most often when a beautiful female guest appeared on the series she was routinely cast in the role of an active or potential love interest. This episode creatively introduces the presence of a compelling woman into the lives of the Douglases without romantic involvement. An enjoyable show from start to finish, and somewhat surprising in its risque aspects for an episode of a family program of the period.moreless
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)

Leslie Parrish

Leslie Parrish

Flame LaRose

Guest Star

William Keene

William Keene

Fergie

Guest Star

Gil Lamb

Gil Lamb

Tom Banner

Guest Star

John Howard

John Howard

Dave Welch

Recurring Role

Paul Sorensen

Paul Sorensen

Policeman

Recurring Role

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    • A minor aesthetic point of contention with Don Grady's appearance as Robbie is storylined in Episode # 132 when two of his girlfriends complain that he parts his hair on the wrong side. Certainly parting his hair on the right always looked fine on screen (as it looked parted on the left) but he did stand out from his co-stars. The show's hairdressers obviously had tried to persuade him to change it and succeeded from this episode in getting him to part it on the left side of his head, a style he wears for this season, reverting back to his original right-side style in the eighth season. The hairstyle is changed yet again from the ninth season (back to being parted on the left side again) and would stay that way until the end of the series. It's a style that in fact Grady continues to wear to this very day.

    • The beautiful actress Leslie Parrish is probably best known to fans of the original "Star Trek" as Lt. Carolyn Palamas from the second season episode, "Who Mourns For Adonais?". Born in 1935, she first started as a model, and later (1955) became an actress. Until 1959 she acted under her real name Marjorie Helen. Then she changed it to Leslie Parrish. She has appeared in more than 100 tv shows, and she is also known as one of the first women producers in film. She met the airplane pilot/writer Richard D.Bach during the making of the movie "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973), based on Bach's book. A deeper relationship took over their friendship as it was much later that they got more involved and finally got married in 1977; They divorced in 1997. To the best of my research knowledge she has not acted since 1978.


    • It should also be noted that the vast stable of Writers on "My Three Sons" at one time or another in the next five seasons, also contributed scripts to Don Fedderson's other series "Family Affair" (1966-71) which also screened on the CBS Television Network. From this point on in "My Three Sons" the writers were shared between both programs.

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