My Three Sons

Season 12 Episode 1

The Advent of Fergus

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Aired Unknown Sep 13, 1971 on ABC
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The Advent of Fergus
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Steve's look-alike Scottish nobleman cousin Fergus, comes to America looking for a bride to take back to his hometown of Sithian Bridge and moves in on the entire Douglas family, much to the dismay of Uncle Charley.

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    Barry Livingston

    Barry Livingston

    Ernie Thompson Douglas (1963-72)

    Beverly Garland

    Beverly Garland

    Barbara Harper Douglas (1969-72)

    William Demarest

    William Demarest

    Uncle Charley O'Casey (1965-72)

    Dawn Lyn

    Dawn Lyn

    Dodie Harper Douglas (1969-72)

    Ronne Troup

    Ronne Troup

    Polly Williams Douglas (1970-72)

    Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Steve Douglas (1960-72)

    Alan Caillou

    Alan Caillou

    Voice Of Fergus

    Guest Star

    Betty Anne Rees

    Betty Anne Rees

    Janet Ingram

    Guest Star

    Richard O'Brien (II)

    Richard O'Brien (II)

    Tom Stratman

    Guest Star

    Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Fergus McBain Douglas

    Recurring Role

    Virginia Lewis

    Virginia Lewis

    Dorothy Danson

    Recurring Role

    Michael Todd

    Michael Todd

    Robbie Jr

    Recurring Role

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      • From this installment until Episode # 369, CBS Television would broadcast these first run episodes from 10:00-10:30pm every Monday night.

      • This episode, and the following three, are basically a sequel to an original storyline that began back in the fourth season (1963-64). MacMurray once again reprises the dual role. [See Ep.# 112].

      • Depending on which theme song is tagged onto the prints of these episodes, some have the shorter version (used up to Season 10) but should now have the new version with additional starring credits -- Dawn Lynn (with two N's!) as Dodie and Ronne Troup as Polly -- and a more casual Fred MacMurray introduction ("Hi, Welcome To Our Show"). As the animated hands come together, you will note that this new credit arrangement deletes Don Grady's name as Robbie for this season. There have been reports that these Season 12 episodes have been broadcast without
        the new opening theme, which is a shame as the older version only shows the names of MacMurray, Demarest, Grady and the Livingston brothers. This way, Cole, Garland, Troup and Lyn do not get credited at all unless the correct opening theme is used!

      • The End credits feature a very sped up theme music and no longer feature the Main Cast list, just the Guest Stars, and for this four part story, the next episode's title is given on the final freeze frame, before the end credits begin.

      • Again, Beverly Garland changes her hairdo for her third year on the series. Also, Barry Livingston (Ernie) now wears his hair for this season with a part in the middle. Stanley Livingston as Chip also sports a longer hairdo and an occasional part down the middle as well.

      • Director Earl Bellamy makes his debut with this episode, and will direct the entire season. Born in 1917, Earl started directing in 1954, working in that capacity on many television series. "I was very fortunate. I didn't do too many feature films early on because I got hooked into television. With television, wow, you're all through with one show in six days and now you've got another one to do with a brand new script, and away you go again" he was once quoted as saying. The veteran director, whose first love was television, retired from show business in 1986 and had been living in Rio Rancho, New Mexico since 1991. He died of a heart attack in Albuquerque on November 30, 2003, aged 86.

      • Lest anyone think otherwise, 'Advent' is not short for 'Adventures' but means the arrival of someone, hence the episode's title.


      • As stated in the last episode, Robbie is sent to Peru in the storyline, beginning with this episode and will not be seen at all during the twelfth season. Actor Don Grady had grown tired of playing the role after 11 years and wanted to concentrate on his music career. He is now a respected composer of film and television music. One wonders how the Producers would have handled his continued absence, had the show survived into a 13th season. Rumor has it in fan circles that the Producers toyed with the idea of killing Grady's character off, but chose not to for fear of a viewer backlash.

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