My Three Sons

Season 10 Episode 18

You Can't Go Home

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Aired Unknown Feb 07, 1970 on ABC
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You Can't Go Home
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Robbie is asked to be the best man at the wedding of an old friend from Bryant Park. He decides to go back a week early to show Katie around the town where he grew up but ultimately makes a disappointing visit when he realises that time and years do change things.moreless

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  • Robbie returns to Bryant Park, affording Katie her first opportunity to see her husband's old hometown. But the visit does not go as well as Robbie expected, as it seems that he's been forgotten and the local landmarks are not the same anymore.moreless

    9.1
    Easily one of the best scripts of the 10th season, and one of the better series episodes. Don Grady is very effective in showing his character's disappointments. The supporting cast does a fine job as well, especially Burt Mustin, whose character comments disapprovingly on Robbie's hair and Katie's dress. There is also an inside joke involving Olan Soule's character, who mistakenly keeps calling Robbie "Don" -- which of course is the actor's actual first name.



    Highly recommended viewing. You will have to watch the episode to learn how things turn out in the end, but the character of the beautiful Tina Cole proves to play a more important role in the visit than one might have expected. Cole and Grady have a very nice chemistry between them, and this fine episode offers a great example of the quality of their work together.moreless
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)

Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMurray

Steve Douglas (1960-72)

Don Grady

Don Grady

Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

Yale Summers

Yale Summers

Phil Rankin

Guest Star

Suzanne Ried

Suzanne Ried

Miss Clark

Guest Star

Charles Lampkin

Charles Lampkin

Mailman

Guest Star

Natalie Masters

Natalie Masters

Mrs. Showfield

Recurring Role

Olan Soule

Olan Soule

Everett Mindermann

Recurring Role

Burt Mustin

Burt Mustin

Old Man

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    • Robbie's old friend who now lives in the Douglas house, is played by Frank Killmond, who was actually ten years older than Don Grady. He died of Cancer in 1992. In retrospect, what a nice reunion it would have been if the Producers had thought to bring back Peter Brooks as Robbie's best friend Hank Ferguson for this role. The pay-off of viewer identification would have been emotionally satisfying.

    • Robbie's final line in this episode sums up the nostalgia.
      He tells Steve that he has learned something from this trip. "You can go back to a place you once knew", he says, "It won't be the same, but why should it be, neither are you".

    • Suzanne Ried's husband Yale Summers, who plays Phil Rankin, played Phil Ramsay in a sixth season episode. Summers is supposed to be Robbie's age in the show, but in reality he was almost 11 years older than Don Grady.

    • The statue of old Seth Bryant (whom head writer George Tibbles first talked about in the Season 3 episode, "Weekend In Tokyo") was also used in "The Andy Griffith Show".

    • New scenes of the old Douglas home are filmed on the actual property which still stands today in the Wilshire Park area of Los Angeles.

    • Uncle Charley recalls (with the use of a flashback from the first California episode, "Moving Day") that going back to a place you once knew is never the same.

    • Natalie Masters plays Robbie's former teacher Mrs. Showfield. Ironically she never played Robbie's teacher but was seen in the second season as Chip's teacher, Mrs. Bergen.

    • Gary Grimes is featured in the role of a student. He was about to hit the big time by co-starring in the fondly remembered classic coming-of-age film, "The Summer of '42" (1969).


    • This poignant episode has many great moments. Olan Soule who at one time played Sudsy Pfeiffer's father in the third season, is seen here as the proprietor of the Hotel. Watch as he continually calls Robbie, "Don". I believe this was an innocent blooper (after all his real name is "Don Grady") and he later saves the scene by correcting himself.
      Katie even jokes and calls him "Don" in one pointed moment of the episode.

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