The Cavanaughs

Season 2 Episode 9

Gimme Shelter

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 03, 1988 on CBS
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Gimme Shelter
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Father Chuck, Jr. is in a bit of a bind when the homeless shelter where he was helping out is forced to closed down suddenly. He's managed to find a new home for everyone, save for one person, and asks Pop if they could stay with him temporarily. Pop reluctantly says yes, only to learn that there's two people: a Hispanic woman, Rosa, and her infant son, Bob. But when Rosa (who barely speaks any English) overstays her welcome, Pop and Kit begin to suspect that the Father's motives aren't entirely pure, and Rosa is a scam artist. They get one right -- Father Chuck, Jr. goes on to announce that he's resigning from the priesthood, so that he can marry Rosa and be the other kind of father. Although everyone takes the news hard, only Pop is so angry about it that he nearly disowns his grandson. Pop's increasing feelings towards the baby cause him to eventually have a change of heart... at the same time that Junior has his own about the marriage thing.moreless

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    Peter Michael Goetz

    Peter Michael Goetz

    Charles "Chuck" Cavanaugh

    Barnard Hughes

    Barnard Hughes

    Francis "Pop" Cavanaugh

    Christine Ebersole

    Christine Ebersole

    Kathleen "Kit" Cavanaugh

    Danny Cooksey

    Danny Cooksey

    Kevin Cavanaugh

    Parker Jacobs

    Parker Jacobs

    John Cavanaugh

    John Short

    John Short

    Father Charles "Chuck" Cavanaugh, Jr.

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      • Music: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," performed by Barnard Hughes; "Oh, Danny Boy," performed by Barnard Hughes and Peter Michael Goetz

      • Irony meter overload: In one scene, Kit calls Rosa's son "Baby Bob." 14 years later, CBS would have that very same show in this very same time slot. And the world was suddenly a much stupider place...

      • The series was pulled from the schedule after this, despite the fact that ratings (and retention from Newhart) were on the rise. A couple of 60 Minutes specials and then a few new episodes of Coming of Age filled the gap -- and bombed -- until the time slot was eventually given back to Kate & Allie. Leftover episodes were dusted off the following summer, together with even more leftover episodes of Coming of Age.

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