My Three Sons

Season 8 Episode 30

The Tire Thief

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Aired Unknown Mar 30, 1968 on ABC
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The Tire Thief
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Ernie and his friends sell two used tires they found in the family storage room so they can buy a water rifle, but they cease to enjoy their 'cops and robbers' games when the real cops turn up after Uncle Charley calls them.

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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)

    Kevin Tate

    Kevin Tate

    Gordon Dearing

    Guest Star

    Sheldon Collins

    Sheldon Collins

    Clifford

    Guest Star

    Joel Fluellen

    Joel Fluellen

    Sergeant Powers

    Guest Star

    Ann McCrea

    Ann McCrea

    Mrs. Crawford

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • This is the last season to turn out 30 or more episodes. Next season's order decreases by two episodes, and the number gradually declines, until the final season, when only 24 episodes are produced. The beginning seasons had more than 30 episodes each.

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    • NOTES (4)

      • With this episode, Tina Cole finishes her first season as the show's new lead female character. The final scene has Ernie tell Chip that they finally have a 'mother.' Of course, there will be a stepmother at the beginning of season 10 when Beverly Garland joins the cast.

      • From the next 1968-69 season, Actor Don Grady (as Robbie) once again changes his hairstyle so that the part in his hairline is now on the left side like his co-stars. It's a style he continues to wear to this very day.

      • Black actor Joel Fluellen who plays the desk sergeant at the police station committed suicide at age 82, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

      • This is the last appearance of Kevin Tate as Gordon Dearing. From next season he will be played by a different actor. Child actor Sheldon Golomb appears under his stage name Sheldon Collins. He is perhaps best remembered as a friend of Ron Howard's character Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1962-68).

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Notice the scenes with Ernie, Shorty and Gordon waging warfare in the neighborhood with sophisticated looking water guns. This is an allusion to the fact that the Vietnam conflict was occurring at the time these episodes were made and American boys were encouraged to think like warriors.

      • This title is an allusion to the famous European film 'The Bicycle Thief' by Italian director Vittorio DeSica.

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