The Bob Newhart Show

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 18, 1972 on CBS

Episode Recap

Emily wakes up one morning feeling queasy. Bob thinks it's great. Maybe she's pregnant. Emily thinks she may be getting sick. Even so, she accepts a substitute teaching job when she's called. They might just have time for an intimate moment, but the doorbell rings. Bob answers the door to Arthur, a neighbor from the first floor. He invites Bob and Emily to a get-together at their house with other tenants who live on the first floor, as Bob is chairman of the building association. At the office Bob confesses to Jerry that he wants to have children. Jerry tells Bob that he is adopted, and that Bob and Emily might consider adoption. At the neighbor's dinner party the talk quickly turns to children, as the other couples there have children, and Arthur's wife, Margaret, is pregnant. Emily looks wistful as she watches Bob with the host's young boys and as he feel Margaret's baby kick inside her. Finally Emily blurts out to everyone that she and Bob are going to the adoption agency the next day to adopt a child. Back at their apartment after the party Emily apologizes for talking about adoption to the group before she and Bob discussed it. Together they decide to pursue adoption. Later, at the office, bob expresses doubts to Jerry. Bob doesn't know if he's ready to be a father. Jerry assures him that he'll be a great dad. When the representative from the adoption agency, Joan Radford, visits their home, Bob and Emily are both nervous. Bob is trying so hard to make a good impression that he may be overdoing it. At the end of the evening Joan Radford assures the Hartleys that they are perfectly suited to be parents. However, there are no babies available, and with the heavy demand, one may not be available for nine months to a year. Emily is upset by the news, but Bob assures her that the waiting period will give them time to adjust to the idea of parenthood and to prepare their home for a baby. They are both looking forward to becoming parents someday.