When Mary decides to forsake college and embark on a singing career, Donna falls back upon a trick played by her, own, Mother. This time around, though, the facts are different. Will Donna end up making a very large mistake, when it comes to Mary's future?
When Jeff finds the winning raffle ticket for a new sports car, he faces some adult sized responsibilities. Jeff sees a woman from behind drop a raffle ticket and before he can return it to her, she disappears. The only possible clue is her child's droopy drawers, but as Dr. and Mrs. Stone agree there are lots of children with droopy-drawers.
Jeff begins to learn the cost of owning and operating an expensive sports car (such as insurance). He also discovers how people now treat him differently from his boy and girls friends to prospective employers (he needs to pay for the car). When Jeff thinks he sees the child and woman again, he reaches a crossroad in his life. Tune in to see the path Jeff takes as he deals with this moral dilemma.moreless
Hilldale high school students can't attend the junior prom stag and as the episode opens they don't yet have dates. Fortunately, two new girls recently moved into the neighborhood. Jeff meets the first girl, when she brings by mail (for Dr. Stone) delivered, by mistake, to her new home. He finds her stunning. So stunning, in fact, he can't get a word out and she leaves without him asking her anything, such as her name, number, address, to the junior prom, etc.
Later Smitty see her at the malt shop working. As Smitty needs moral support to talk to her and also ask her to the junior prom, he goes and get Jeff to be his wingman. When Jeff sees Smitty is after the girl who tongue tied him earlier in the day, he's beside himself, but being a true friend he lets Smitty ask her out. Later Jeff meets the second new girl (who lives three doors down from him) and his Mother sets him up to invite her to the junior prom. Jan, the second new girl, realizes Jeff really doesn't want to take her to the prom and gives him a way out. As Jeff is a true gentleman, he declines and tells her he really wants to take her to the prom. At the end of the scene they agree he should come by her place at 7:30 PM (19:30) CT to pick her up and she'll be ready at 8 PM (20:00) CT.
Once at the prom Smitty and Jeff's date (the second girl) hit it of, as though they were made for each other. Thus Jeff ends up with the first girl after all, when they switch partners. The girls and boys both dance the night away with their new partners, until it is time for someone to sing with the band.
The Hilldale student body nominates Jeff to sing with the band, by taking one big step backwards. This leaves Jeff out on the floor and looking like he took two steps forward. You should tune in to see how well:
A) Jeff (Paul Peterson) sings,
B) He explains the date switching to his parents, and
C) They're reaction.moreless
Mary is going away to a new college in the fall. As part of her leaving, she is putting on a "large" outdoor formal party that will be in their backyard. At the same time, Jeff is flirting (again) with car ownership and ends up buying an "Hilldale Bus Lines" bus, which he hopes to use in various money making ventures. While Jeff was able to drive the bus home, unfortunately, it will no longer start. Tune in to see how Mary and Mrs. Stone deal with the bus, while attempting to save Mary's party.moreless
The Stone family is having growing pains, now that Mary is 18 and going to college. After several riffs, Mary decides it's time to leave home for the college dormitory for women. Mrs. Stone agrees, as she lived in the dorms and found it a benefit in growing up and learning. Tune in to see how each member of the Stone family reacts to Mary moving out.
Another of Mary's college friends is getting married and this time, we're seeing the events leading up to the wedding (instead of the aftermath).
While Mary's friend, Marcia, is from England, she is attending the college from which her late Father graduated. Her Mother has been traveling (the continent), since her husband died and has been out of communications. The couple to be has been trying to reach her in Rome, Paris, London, etc without success, but finally one of the cables reaches her and off to America she goes with her dog in tow. Meanwhile Mrs. Stone is putting together the wedding Marcia and her soon to be husband desire, which is a small (20 or so) friends and at the Stone's home.
Once Marcia's Mother arrives in Hilldale, it is up to Mrs. Stone not only to save the wedding, but any relationship Mrs. Haversham hopes to have with the happy couple. Tune in to see how Mrs. Stone moves Mrs. Haversham from not accepting the bride's decision to marry to saving the day. Also you'll want to see how Mrs. Stone replies when asked, "how will you respond when it is Mary's turn?"moreless
At the annual unclaimed freight auction, a mysterious woman asks Mrs. Stone to buy a wooden Chinese horse statue and gives her $100 cash. She explains she has to meet her husband out front and doesn't wait for Mrs. Stone to reply. After a lively bidding war, Mrs. Stone wins it for $50, but she has no idea where or to whom she should deliver the horse. Thus begins an interesting adventure for the Stone family, especially when Jeff proposes an International spy ring shipped the horse from China (a Communist country during the cold war). Later in the episode some of what Jeff suggested seems to be coming true, but also more, too. Tune in to see how the Stones react and how it turns out. Do the Stones end up behind bars for helping spies destroy the United States of America, is there a harmless explanation, or something in between?
Jeff has a busy two days dealing with typical teenager adventures - girls, baseball, and exploring possible jobs, while helping out his school. It is again time for the Sadie Hawkins dance and Jeff has yet to hear from a girl. Meanwhile he has an interview with baseball great (and future baseball hall of famer) Don Drysdale for the school newspaper. Tune in and see the problems presented to Jeff, his solutions, and, well, how it all turns out for the Stone family of Hilldale, IL.
Upon returning from a wedding for one of Mary's friends (who is 19), various circumstances test the faith Dr. and Mrs. Stone have in Mary and the confidence in how they raised her. Dr. and Mrs. Stone spend the episode both fearing the worse and wondering how to find out what is going on with their 18 year old daughter, while still showing the respect she earned and deserves. After all each event taken by itself means nothing, but when viewed together they're enough to cause the heart of any well adjusted and responsible parent to skip more than a few beats. Tune in and see how they handle their own growing pains as the parents of an young, sensible, responsible, and levelheaded adult woman.moreless
Donna heads to a Blaine Women's College reunion, where she tries to keep information about an old flame (Duke) from her husband. Meanwhile at home, Jeff adopts a dog, named Duke. Watch to find out how it all comes together.
Jeff participates in an advertising scheme created by Mr. Varney to sell more bikes at his shop. Guess how quickly it will take for Jeff Stone to ride a bike (in front of the store on a treadmill) 30 miles (the distance to Fairview). The winner receives a new racing bike! Jeff agreed to do it for $5, as he is buying a present worth almost $10 to give to the most important girl in his life.
Meanwhile at home his Mother is upset with him not attending to his chores, as he is trying to earn money for a gift. She knows it is for Jeff's current crush and feels a $10 gift is too much. She doesn't relent in giving Jeff home chores to before he can fulfill his promise to Mr. Varney.
Tune in to find out how: A) Jeff gets the money in time, as he has it on layaway for a $1, but only till 5 PM and B) How his Mother reacts when she realizes the most important girl in Jeff's life is her, his Mother (as he puts the $10.00 necklace around her neck).
Also how long do you think it took Jeff to ride the bike 30 miles in front of Mr. Varney's Bicycle shop?
Someone abandons a child at the Stones' place. Attached to the baby is a note, that upsets the entire household, including their Irish maid:
His name is Willie. He's a good boy and hardly ever cries.
When the local police are informed, Donna can't part from the baby. She wants to keep him until his mother is found. Alex caves in to Donna and allows the baby to stay for the time being. Jeff, meanwhile, doesn't like the thought of a person who might become a sibling, but he soon warms up to it.
Meanwhile, Donna does some investigation on her own. She realizes that a baby name Guillermo might be called Willy. And who has a son named Willy? The milkman!
Donna goes to his house to investigate. She finds out that the milkman is upset due to his young wife dying while having little Willy. But why did he choose Donna Stone to look after it? Because he knows Donna has a happy and loving home, and that she'd look after the child.
The milkman says he realizes he did the wrong thing. He gives her a piece of cheese for helping. Donna then hooks the milkman and her maid together and all is well again in Hilldale.
Today is Mary's graduation from high school. She's second in her class, but as the valedictorian is sick, it will be her giving the 20 minute speech and she has yet to even see it. As if one milestone in the Stone family isn't enough, Jeff is taking his driving test (written and driving) today. He's worried, as three of his classmates already failed and he's already been talked into taking a girl out tonight with him driving her, alone.
When Dr. Stone arrives home after surgery on a young girl who might die during recovery, it is up to Mrs. Stone to help the children learn perspective and thus mature into well adjusted adults. Tune in to see how it turns out for Stone family and the little girl.moreless
Smitty and Jeff have a tag along, his 6 year old brother, who won't be good when searching for girls. What are they to do, but to ask Mrs. Stone to watch him. Problem is her ride shows up early and she has to leave. Dr. Stone just got home from an unexpected call to see an entire first grade class at this new downtown office. He has golfing plans for the afternoon, but what is a good husband to do when his wife has to leave? Right! Dr. Stone and Hoby end up waiting for Smitty and Jeff. Dr. Stone continues getting ready to go golfing. He has his golfing shoes, puts on his white high-top Keds sneakers, and waits for Smitty and Jeff. Instead his fellow doctors and golfing buddies show up and they try to figure out what to do with Hoby. Unable to find a solution Dr. Stone gives up, sends his friends on their way, accepts the situation, and regresses to the father of a six year old Son. Tune in to find out how it turns out for Smitty, Jeff, and Donna, when they finally get home.moreless
Victor has an IQ to rival Albert Einstein, but the social understanding of a boy his age, 13, who has been in a boarding school since he was 10. Can Mrs. Stone reach him in the short time, his Mother and new Step-Father are on their honeymoon?
The Stone family heads to Lake Meade and all points West ending up in Las Vegas in a modern, marvelous invention, the motorhome.
The Hilldale hospital needs a children's playroom and the Hilldale women are working to raise $2500. Meanwhile, the Jeff's neighborhood football team, The Bobcats, needs a tackling dummy ($33). Mrs. Lydia Langley returns reprising her role from episode 2, "Pardon My Gloves," as a rival with her own idea on how to raise the money. Mrs. Stone wants to hold a concert to raise the $2,500 in one event, while Lydia feels a play raising $250 is realistic. Mrs. Stone is using every trick she can to meet and ask a world renowned concert pianist who is vacationing in Hilldale (after a 34 country world tour) for his help. It is Jeff, though, who meets him and develops a close friendship with his daughter.
Tune in to see how all of these people and needs converge. Will Mrs. Stone have her concert or have to act in another play directed by Mrs. Langley. Will Jeff and the Bobcats get their tackling dummy? Could Jeff ever talk a tired world class pianist into doing a concert, when doing one benefit would open the flood gates to each and every other charity in Hilldale and even Chicago!moreless
Mrs. Stone belongs to a play group putting on the play "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen. She has the lead role, Nora Helmer, and isn't doing well. Mrs. Stone is relying upon a director who, based upon her past performances of the role. feels she should be Nora and not Mrs. Stone. Thus while saying she is helping Mrs. Stone, she isn't helping as much as if she was happy being the director.
Meanwhile their Sons are having their own private discussions about their Mothers and the play. This lands Jeff both with two black eyes and in hot water with his Mother that is until Mrs. Stone learns what Jeff won't tell her.
Tune in and find out how Mrs. Stone deals not only with her own issues, but helps her Son take another step towards being a young man (of the 1950's).moreless
Donna uses "Girl Scout ingenuity" to prove that women are just as capable as men out in the wilderness when she takes Jeff and his friends on a camping trip.
This episode is a single day in the life of Mrs. Stone. The story begins with her waking up, as well as waking everyone else up and ends with checking on / tucking everyone into bed before turning in herself. In between, we learn how much the family depends upon her, when each member of the family has an important event in their life during the same evening.
Dr. Stone is giving a speech to the local medical society. He would like her to show up, but as he puts it, "mothers belong to their children." On the other hand, though, a doctor with the medical society tells her it is very important to Dr. Stone's future in the community for her to show up. One of the main purposes of tonight is to allow the members and their wives to check her out, especially given they recently moved to Hilldale.
Jeff is a member of the basketball team and Mrs. Stone has been at the last four games, even though Jeff has been warming the bench. Tonight, he is not just going to play (for the very first time), he is starting! It would mean so much for him to have his Mother there watching him play (actually anyone from the family).
Mary has been waiting to hear from a school girl's club about her membership. Upon returning home from school, we discover she is in and during their first meeting, the new members introduce their Mothers. Her first meeting is tonight.
Tune-in to see how Mrs. Stone juggles her responsibilities as a doctor's wife, and Mother to two children. Is she able to cover all three event or does someone end up with the short straw and if so, who?moreless
With Donna Reed considering retiring at the end of this season, this episode is one of the many proposed replacement series. It is the unsold pilot for "The Roberta Sherwood Show," staring Roberta Sherwood and Gale Gordon, as her brother. Along with her three Sons (real life brothers) she lives an Illinois town close enough for Dr. Stone to come on a house call, but far enough away that Mrs. Stone says it is a long drive.
As a former touring performer, Roberta worked on the road leaving her three Sons in her brother's care. Upon returning, she had enough money to buy a home for the five of them. Unfortunately, her brother feels show biz people aren't highly looked upon and tries to keep her and his nephews from singing. Yet, they'll be happy to burst out into song, when the mood or situation calls for it and even Uncle Dudley joins in, too.
Roberta and Dudley are trying to sell their run down home, which is in horrible shape, for a profit (of at least $500). Dudley, like many of Gale Gordon's characters tries to save a buck and make one too anyway he can even if it means taking advantage of someone. The story brings these two families together at a charity bazaar, where she is singing. A friend of Dr. Stone lets him in on a secret that a shopping center will be going up right across the street from Roberta's home. He figures the land, alone, will be worth at least 4 times ($10,000) the current asking price ($2,000 to $2,500).
The episode finds Dr. Stone wrestling with himself on being a businessman who willing takes advantage of other people or his natural self as a healer and someone who tries to help people, even foregoing payment, when a parent can't pay him. Jeff finds himself in a similar situation having bought a broken radio, he knew he could fix. It falls to Mrs. Stone to help the two men in her life to see, not the error of their ways, but the humanity in their soul and/or heart.
A late night phone call to Dr. Stone as Roberta's youngest Son (Bobby) is running a high fever and none of the town's doctors are available. While driving over to see them, Dr. Stone has a heart to heart with himself. While waiting to hear what is wrong with their youngest, Dudley and Roberta have their own heart to heart. Roberta sees this illness as her punishment for selling the house for $500 more than she feels it is worth to Dr. Stone. When Dr. Stone finally comes down to tell them what he discovered (measles), it is Roberta who says Dr. Stone needs to know more about the house before going into the deal. Dr. Stone replies the same to Roberta and Dudley, which causes them to look at each other (as they thought they knew everything there was about their home).
Mrs. Stone is awake, when Dr. Stone arrives home (at 4 AM) whistling, humming, and lightly singing. He tells her Bobby has the measles and she wants to know what else is up. Dr. Stone admits he told Roberta about the shopping center and "all bets all off." The episode ends with everyone at the Summers' home, as it is Dudley's birthday. This gives Roberta, the three real life brothers, and even Gale Gorden a chance to sing and show the "The Roberta Sherwood Show" would be both a family drama and a musical series.moreless