My Three Sons

Season 2 Episode 3

The Crush

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Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1961 on ABC
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Mike has found a girl at college, Mary Beth. But when he brings her home to meet the family, she makes a beeline straight for Steve, who is trapped into tutoring her in trigonometry. This gives Mike a few jealous moments until all is resolved.

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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)

    Jena Engstrom

    Jena Engstrom

    Mary Beth Jackson

    Guest Star

    Grace Albertson

    Grace Albertson

    Mrs. Jackson

    Guest Star

    Sally Hughes

    Sally Hughes

    Sally

    Guest Star

    Andrew Colmar

    Andrew Colmar

    Tim Weede

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Series star Fred MacMurray occasionally excercised his top billing power (and half ownership in show) by trying to shape the scripts which were more often than not, already written well in advance.
        For this episode, Production Manager John Stephens recalls that in any given episode according to Fred, everything had to be completely accurate (read: believable) or he did not want to do it. In one particular scene in this episode, Mike's girlfriend is enamored of his father Steve. The next day in his office, Steve gets a phone call from this girl. Immediately MacMurray halted filming and said "Get John Stephens down here!" MacMurray explained that it would not be plausible to have the girl call Steve at the office - how would she know the number or even where he worked for that matter? Production Manager Stephens had to fully explain the logic behind this plot development. It is assumed that because he isn't at the studio for every scene being filmed, the girl would simply have asked Mike where her father worked. It usually satisfied Fred MacMurray if a logical explanation was provided to him. He felt this way because if a scene had no logic for the story to build to, then the show would ultimately lose credibility with the audience if they felt that they were somehow being manipulated.

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      • This episode is the definitive first one that informs us that Chip's real given name is Richard when Mike insists on introducing his family to his girlfriend by their formal names (ie. Richard for Chip, Robert for Robbie and Grandfather for Bub).

      • We learned in the first season that not only is Steve Douglas an aeronautical engineer but that he was also a test pilot. We also learned (in the last episode of that first season) that Mike's partner Joe Mitchell flew with Steve in World War II. Similarly, in this episode we learn that Steve was a former test pilot when he was much younger and that he flew 50 fighter combat missions in the war.

      • When Bub scolds Chip for walking in and slamming the front door (while he is baking a cake in the oven) Robbie asks him if the cake went flat? "Flat?" replies Bub, "Like a Pizza!".

      • Tim Considine has his first ever on screen kiss with Jena Engstrom in this episode.

      • Jena Engstrom (b. 1941) who appears in this episode, was the daughter of Jean Engstrom. [Jean appeared in the episode "Douglas-A-Go-Go" from the sixth season]. Jena stopped acting in 1964, but mother and daughter's acting credits seemed to have been mixed together under the same name due to the similarity in the spelling of their first names.

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