The Donna Reed Show - Season 5

ABC (ended 1966)




Episode Guide

  • Day of the Hero
    Episode 34
    Jeff makes a date with Rosemary for the senior prom. Smitty then lets Jeff know that Jeff has been nominated to run for Senior Class President. Now gorgeous Dolores wants Jeff to take her to the prom. What can Jeff do? He's already committed to Rosemary, or is he? Will Jeff actually dump Rosemary for Dolores?moreless
  • The Big Wheel
    Episode 33

    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.

  • 4/25/63
    A tale of Joyce and Sabrina in a classic contest, which one will get Jeff to ask her to the big dance? Will it be poor, helpless Joyce or the dominant Sabrina? They both ply Jeff in their own manipulative ways. Poor Jeff can't make up his mind. When he asks his family for advice, all he gets for an answer is "Why don't you toss a coin?"moreless
  • All Those Dreams
    Episode 31
    Pitcher Don Drysdale appears in this episode along with his real-life wife and daughter. On a trip to Chicago, Jeff is excited about seeing his pal, Don Drysdale, again. He is supposed to get an interview with Don for the school paper. Jeff's excitement turns to disappointment when it appears that Don Drysdale can't deliver the interview.moreless
  • Boys and Girls
    Episode 30
    While Jeff and Joanne are dating as seniors in high school and Mary and Scotty are dating in college, turns out Scotty would rather date Joanne, and Joanne would rather go out with Scotty got it? Then they all go to a college dance and Jeff and Mary wind up being the wallflowers. What can Jeff and Mary do?moreless
  • 4/4/63
    Dr. Dave Kelsey, who has been more and more frustrated by his in-laws (or outlaws as he calls them) moves into the house next door with his wife Midge.Midge is a neophyte when it comes to household chores,so for the first week or so Donna helps her all she can-and Dave is truly grateful that the Stones have helped both of them settle down.moreless
  • The Handy Man
    Episode 28
    There is a local handyman Trisha knows who loves fooling around and making children laugh.Trisha offers him to help fix the little things around the house that need fixing,but it turns out that he is clumsy and inept.Donna and Mary feel helpless as he wrecks much around the house,but soon afterwards the ice-cream man arrives.He knows much more about reapir work- and he hates kids.Donna makes a suggestion,which is followed.The ice-cream man ends up fixing everything around the house-while the handyman ends up delivering the ice cream,and singing to all the kids as they play and have fun.moreless
  • 3/21/63
    A new boy at college has taken a shine to Mary. To Mary's consternation, he follows her everywhere and scares off any other boy who approaches her. Mary decides to find him another girl to protect.
  • 3/14/63
    Alex and Donna prepare to go away for the weekend, but Donna suspects Trisha will be sick. Donna sees Trisha eating bananas and she always saw Jeff eating bananas before he became ill. Alex's collegue Dave (Bob Crane) tries to convince them otherwise ... and it turns out that Jeff is the one who came down with a fever. Trisha had been eating bananas because of her promised treehouse and she had wanted to climb trees like a monkey.moreless
  • 3/7/63
    The Stones all end up at Shelter Bay during "mid-term vacation", better known today as "Spring Break". Mary doesn't know the rest of the family is there; she thought it was just her and her girlfriends. Donna, Jeff, and Alex get to stay on a fishing boat named "Big Daddy", and boy, does Donna hook a big one!moreless
  • 2/28/63
    Donna visits a reclusive woman who lives in an old Victorian house.She feels trapped in a haunted house after a while.
  • Pioneer Woman
    Episode 23
    Alex and Jeff spend the weekend at the cabin of Alex's friend Red. Donna and Mary follow them and prove that women can, "rough it" in the wilderness as well as men can.
  • Big Sixteen
    Episode 22
    On Jeff's 16th birthday he has a big fight with his girlfriend. Then he falls for an older woman.
  • Three is a Family
    Episode 21
    Mary learns the joys and pains of having a little sister,as she has to baby-sit Trisha on a night when she'd planned to go on a date.
  • A Way of Her Own
    Episode 20
    A little girl named Trisha follows the Stones home from the park and says that she is one of the family.After a long effort to find her real parents,her uncle arrives.He realizes that the orphaned Trisha loves being in a family and that the Stones are fond of her.He arranges it so Trisha can stay with the Stones.Thus a new family member is added.moreless
  • The New Look
    Episode 19
    A boyfriend of Mary's calls her wholesome,and she doesn't know whether to take it as a compliment or an insult.
  • The Chinese Horse
    Episode 18

    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?

  • A Woman' Place
    A Woman' Place
    Episode 17
    When Donna decides to run for town council, Jeff and Mary agree to take care of the house. And how! But when Alex dreams about Donna's political future, as Mayor, perhaps Governor, he decides he'd rather have her back home again.
  • 1/3/63

    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?"

  • Jeff Stands Alone
    Episode 15
    After a conversation with a telephone lineman, Jeff decides that it's about time he becomes independent himself. He tests himself by going to a strange town without any money to see whether or not he can make it on his own.
  • The Soft Touch
    Episode 14
    If Jeff wants to be able to afford to go to a special event this weekend, he had better collect on the loans he gave his friends. This prompts Donna to suggest that Alex collect from his deadbeat patients.
  • The Winning Ticket
    Episode 13

    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.

  • The Makeover Man
    Episode 12
    Mary decides to make-over ill-mannered basketball star, Steve, into a polished gentleman.
  • The Baby Buggy
    Episode 11
    Everyone chips in to buy the elderly baby doctor a new car.
  • Man to Man
    Episode 10
    Alex and Jeff go camping in order to spend more time together, but the trip turns out to be a plot cooked up by Jeff to meet his friends.
  • Big Star
    Episode 9
    Mary succeeds in helping a shy boy she knows become a singing star.
  • Rebel With a Cause
    Episode 8
    Donna is selected to take part in a survey of housewives to dtermine how long they spend doing their household chores.
  • Fine Feathers
    Episode 7
    Jeff discovers a lost bird.He thinks it might be a rare cockatoo and sends the story to the newspapers and audobon societies-only to find out that the bird is really a cockateel,not quite a cockatoo.
  • My Dad
    Episode 6
    Alex tries over and over to spend a day with Jeff,but his plans are always interrupted by emergency calls.Jeff later shows that he still loves his father by singing the song,"My Dad."
  • 10/18/62

    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.

  • Who Needs Glasses?
    Episode 4
    Jeff decides wearing glasses would make him look older, and sets out to prove he needs them.
  • To Be a Boy
    Episode 3
    Trying to save enough money to build a boat, Jeff and Smitty make a pact to give up dating. Then Jeff finds Mary's friend Joanne hiding under his bed.
  • Mrs. Stone and Doctor Hyde
    When Donna fills in for Alex's vacationing nurse, she is taken aback to find him an office tyrant.
  • Mister Nice Guy
    Mister Nice Guy
    Episode 1
    Mary can't understand why her brother Jeff is being so polite to her - unless there is some ulterior motive behind his good behavior.
  • ABC Presents Donna Reed in Homecoming
    This was a Fall,1962, preview of new shows premiering on ABC.

    The Stones arrive home after a three-week camping trip and turn on the TV to discover previews for the new shows are airing. The shows featured include Stoney Burke, Going My Way, McHale's Navy, I'm Dickens He's Fenster,and Our Man Higgins.moreless