The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 1969 on ABC
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Eddie is reluctant to attend his first day of school, and refuses to stay once he arrives. Although Tom finally convinces Eddie he must return the next day, the transition still proves to be difficult. When a bully makes fun of the fact that Eddie has no mother, Eddie strikes the boy and ends up with a black eye. Tom feels he should protect Eddie from the world a little while longer, and get him a tutor - until Mrs. Livingston points out that this would be unwise. He then decides to use reverse psychology to make Eddie want to go to school. Tom announces to Eddie that he will teach him at home with a rigorous course of study. The plan backfires at first, until Tom plays his trump card - he tells Eddie they will no longer be able to afford Mrs. Livingston if Tom gives up his job to teach him.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In Episode 2, after Eddie gets in a fight over things the other children have said about his father and the teacher, Tom tells Eddie that fighting is wrong, no matter what the reason is. Yet in this episode, Tom tells Eddie that if a bully continues to hit him after Eddie tells him to stop, he should hit him back.

      • Eddie starts to write his running-away note in the middle of the night in his dark bedroom. Then he stops, turns on the light, and continues writing.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Tom (to Mrs. Livingston, telling her how he convinced Eddie to go back to school):

        "I used logic, sincerity, reasoning, and I lied."

      • Norman (to Tom, as he tells him not to worry about Eddie at school):

        "He's going to learn how to read, write, demonstrate."

      • Tom (to Mrs. Livingston, as Eddie heads off to school):

        "As of today, my little boy Eddie is no longer a little boy. As of today, he's a man."

      • Eddie (to Tom, when he tells Eddie to look happy for his first-day-of-school photo):

        "I can't smile, Dad, but I'll try not to cry."

    • NOTES (6)

      • This episode is shown out of sequence. In episode 2, Eddie is already in school.

      • Eddie "writes" a note saying he's running away from home. Since he doesn't really know how to write yet, his note is made up of little pictures and scribbles. He reads aloud the content of the note: "Dear Dad, I love you. I'm running away from home. I love Mrs. Livingston, too. Please tell her a joke so she doesn't cry, and tell Norman I'm doing my own thing. He'll understand. I'm not afraid of going to school, but I just don't want to grow up and leave you."

      • Tom brings home some books he pretends he will teach Eddie from, including Principles of New Math, a Dick and Jane reader, and Economic Determinism.

      • As Eddie lies in bed, he "talks" to his deceased mother about his school dilemma.

      • There is a short clip of the song Little Cowboy.

      • Songs written and sung by Harry Nilsson; Music score composed by Nilsson and George Tipton.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)