The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Season 1 Episode 8

Bully for You

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 1969 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • At the Corbetts', Joey hits Eddie repeatedly with boxing gloves, while Tom and Mrs. Livingston just look on. Finally, when Eddie runs into his dad's arms for refuge, Tom puts a stop to Joey's hitting.

    • At the beginning of this episode, Tom encourages Eddie to fight back. But in episode 2, Tom tells him that fighting is wrong.

    • Eddie hits Joey on the shoulder, yet she puts her hand over her eye as she is crying.

    • At the end of the dinner scene, slow-motion reveals that Joey's punch never makes contact with Eddie.

    • Brandon has difficulty using the chopsticks, and resorts to mostly eating with his fingers.

    • Brandon seems to really enjoy ordering Jodie around!Throughout the dinner scene he's obviously trying to suppress grins. After she serves him a piece of cake, however, he smiles broadly at her as he eats it.

  • Quotes

    • Tom (repeating Joey's full name, which Mr. Kelly has just called her by):
      "Joanna Margaret Jaqueline Kelly."
      "Yeah. No wonder she went around hittin' people."

    • Eddie (to Joey, when she tells him to pour the tea himself):
      "You're the woman! You're supposed to give it to me!"

    • Eddie (to Tom, after he invites Joey to their apartment):
      "It's not so bad gettin' socked at school, but gettin' socked in your own house - wow!"

    • Tom (to Tina after she tells him about her Encounter Group):
      "Tina, they threw the mold away and THEN they made you."

  • Notes

    • The plot of this episode is very similar to episode 4 of Leave It To Beaver - The Black Eye. In both episodes, the boys are taught to defend themselves through boxing lessons before their fathers discover that they have been hit by girls.

    • In the opening Peanuts segment, Eddie tells his dad that brave boys don't bleed much, and can hold in their blood. These lines are taken from the movie version of The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

    • This is Jodie's first of five guest appearances throughout the series.

    • Eddie tells his father Joey is 2 months younger than him. Jodie was actually nearly 6 months younger than Brandon: her birthday is November 19, 1962, and his is May 28, 1962.

    • This is the 3rd episode in which Eddie has been hit by other children. He has been in fights in episodes 2 and 6 as well.

    • Joey's last name is the same as that of Betty and her son, Max, in episode 7.

    • The last part of the opening Peanuts segment introduces the subject of this episode.

    • Joey has no mother.

    • Theme and songs written and sung by Nilsson; music score composed and conducted by Mundell Lowe.

  • Allusions

    • Tina: "I'm going to learn how to encounter. It's like group therapy - we get together and tell each other our problems."
      Encounter groups (unstructured psychotherapy groups in which participants increase their self-awareness by freely verbalizing and responding to emotions) were developed in the 1960's. After Tom tells Tina that a bully has been pounding on Eddie, Tina analyzes the problem in "encounter group" fashion, and tells him that Eddie may have an abnormal need for punishment.

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