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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?
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
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
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?
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.
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