My Three Sons

Season 6 Episode 1

The First Marriage

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Aired Unknown Sep 16, 1965 on ABC
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The First Marriage
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Mike and Sally finally get married and leave for the East where Mike has a job as an assistant college psychology instructor. Robbie happily moves into Mike's old room. When Uncle Charley notes that they may soon be calling Steve 'Grandpa' he becomes somwehat concerned about growing old and calls up his former girlfriends. Robbie, now a college man, offers to help his father make friends with younger women, and while pretending to be disinterested, tries a few of his suggestions. When it is learned that Ernie must return to an orphanage, because he will not be allowed to accompany his foster parents in their move to the orient, Chip invites Ernie to move in permanently, giving Steve three sons once more.moreless

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  • The second of the major "transition" episodes, this one actually ends stronger than it starts.

    6.9
    Mike and Sally marry and move east just as Ernie is losing his foster parents and faces a stint at an orphanage.



    I last saw this episode in CBS daytime in 1969, and it represents a lot of change for the show as one of the sons is gone (and soon to be never-mentioned) and another is about to be added. On looking at it more recently, its mostly interesting to me to see the "McMurray Method", guessing which scenes were filmed much earlier, and there are a number, notably Steve in the old chair calling for dates.



    The episode actually is a little forced, even the full version showing a number of wedding scenes seem a little dispassionate, and the sub plot of Steve feeling old and calling old girlfriends for dates (including a "Googie" who now has grandkids) is a little silly, especially with Robbie giving him advice. The Chip and Ernie scenes are best, and Ernie outacts his real-life older brother in most ways. When he says "I'd rather get shot in the stomach" than attend a new school, its pretty funny. The final scenes with him telling Steve how he doesn't want to go to a county home is nicely scripted and edited.



    But as a fan of the series, there is always something interesting to see.moreless
Meredith MacRae

Meredith MacRae

Sally Ann Morrison Douglas (1963-65)

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)

Tim Considine

Tim Considine

Mike Douglas (1960-65)

Don Grady

Don Grady

Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

Meredith MacRae

Meredith MacRae

Sally Morrison Douglas

Guest Star

Tim Considine

Tim Considine

Mike Douglas

Guest Star

Vera Miles

Vera Miles

Ernestine Coulter

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Here is the full text of the invitation, the British spelling of 'honour' consistent with Sally's English father:

      Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frazier Morrison
      request the honour of your presence
      at the marriage of their daughter
      Miss Sally Ann Morrison

      to

      Mr. Michael Douglas
      at Bryant Park Community Church
      on Thursday, the sixteenth of September
      nineteen hundred and sixty-five

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  • NOTES (7)

    • Guest star Jennifer Lea is listed on screen as "Jenifer" with one letter 'n.

    • From now until August 31, 1967 the series would have the timeslot of 8:30-9:00pm on Thursdays as part of the new lineup on the Columbia Broadcasting System.

    • The opening frame of this inaugural Color episode shows a shot of Mike and Sally's Wedding invitation. It clearly states that Sally's father's name is Charles Frazier Morrison, when in Episode # 162 (as played by Sebastian Cabot) his given name is "Tom". Ironically, sharp-eyed viewers will also notice that the wedding is to take place on September 16, 1965 which is not-coincidentally, the original broadcast date of this episode.

    • The series moves to the CBS Television Network and is now filmed and broadcast in Color, although this episode was not the first one filmed (see Episode # 194). This watershed inaugural episode (Production # 5272-0200) features the final performances of Tim Considine and Meredith MacRae. While mentioned several more times, they will soon be never referred to again. As noted previously, Considine had outgrown the role and wanted out of the series, while Meredith MacRae would shortly join the cast of the "Petticoat Junction" series in 1966. Both Considine and MacRae were married to other people by the time they left the show. [Purely for Trivia sake, it's interesting to note that Mike and Sally were engaged in Black and White and married in Color!]. With no regard for narrative plausibility this teleplay, the first of a three part continuing story arc, introduces the changes that will soon take permanent affect on the lives of the burgeoning Douglas family.

    • Even though he had composed the bulk of the music in the last season, from this point in the series onwards, every episode's musical score was Composed by Frank DeVol (credited simply as DeVol) unless otherwise noted. Astute listeners will note that many of DeVol's cues are also tracked into many episodes of Don Fedderson's other series, "Family Affair" which Starred Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot. But it really must be stated that DeVol's music was infectious and his themes and scores still stand up even today. Frank DeVol is without a doubt one of the unsung heroes of television. The series was blessed to have such a musical maestro on board. His music lives on in the minds and hearts of the show's fans, who knowingly or not, continue to hum his wonderful music.

    • For the benefit of the uninitiated, the four digits that form the "Production Code" numbers that are seen after the Broadcast dates of the episodes are the identification numbers used by CBS to determine the order in which they are syndicated. (Note that doesn't neccesarily mean the way CBS originally showed them, or the way in which local stations now play it either). The Four digits are made up of the Season of Production (first two digits) and the episode order (last two digits). For example this episode is # 6501, or the first episode of the 1965-66 Season.

    • Errata: Some television websites state in their history of the series that Ernie "loses his parents in a car crash" but this is simply not true. Ernie's 'foster mother' Mrs. Thompson even appears in the episode! If his current foster parents had died, why would his foster mother be making a guest appearance? Granted, if he was a foster child of King's County, something must have happened to his real parents prior to him being fostered out. But, it is never, ever mentioned that they were killed.

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