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  • Season 5 Episode 33: The Big Wheel

  • Continuity Goof: While Mary and Mrs. Stone are working on Mary's hair, they are looking out a window in Mary's bedroom.  It is overlooking the front of the house, as they can see the bus Jeff owns that he parked on the street.


    In previous episodes during season 5 and earlier, at least one window faces out onto the backyard.  As the room doesn't go from the front of the house to the back, obviously, there is a continuity goof between episodes in the placement of this window.

  • With this episode, we learn Mary won't be a full time character / cast member in season 6.  She will be going away to college in the fall.

  • Season 5 Episode 31: All Those Dreams

  • Continuity Goof: There is a continuity goof between two scenes concerning the length of stay for the Stones, as well as when they will be leaving.


    During the arrival at the hotel suite scene, the hotel concierge asks Dr. Stone to confirm his reservations are correct, as the number of packages seems to imply a longer stay. Dr. Stone confirms the written reservations are correct, they will be staying only for "the weekend."


    Later in the episode Jeff is in his bathrobe and is talking to his parents about returning home early.  He says there is no reason for him to hang around here till Tuesday.  As the three-day weekend law didn't exist till June 28, 1968, this wouldn't have been a three day weekend (in 1963).

  • Continuity Goof: Upon arriving (and before meeting up with Mr. Drysdale) Jeff says Don Drysdale invited him and the Stone family to see him play in Chicago, as his guest.  This is a a continuity goof with the earlier episode.  In the episode,"The Man in the Mask," season 4, episode 37, Mr. Drysdale invites Jeff and his family to see him play baseball with the best seats in the stadium, when they visit Los Angeles.  At the time, he doesn't extend this offer to other cities or stadiums.  Mr. Drysdale didn't make any other offers, as Jeff didn't contact Mr. Drysdale in advance of their arriving in Chicago, as he wanted it to be a surprise visit.


     


     

  • Jeff and Mrs. Stone work into their dialog, throughout the episode, the fact Chicago has three professional sports teams, a baseball team ("The Chicago Cubs"), a basketball team ("The Chicago Zephyrs"), and an hockey team ("The Chicago Black Hawks").  They (unfortunately) fail to mention the South Chicago baseball team, "The Chicago White Sox" during the episode.

  • The ending credits lists Don Drysdale and his family as:


    Special Guest Stars


    The
    Drysdales


    Don, Ginger and Kelly


    instead of using the normal format of one line per person, even for special guest stars.

  • Season 5 Episode 30: Boys and Girls

  • Dr. Stone and Jeff have a discussion about age and school at the beginning of the episode.  During it we learn he is now 17 (Dr. Stone says "I've been waiting 17 years for you to get big enough . . ").  We also learn he will be going to college next year, which implies he's an high-school senior.


    Yet, just 8 episodes ago (Season 5, Episode 22, "Big Sixteen") he was just turning 16.  So, in 8 episodes he's gone from his 16th birthday to now being somewhere in his 17th year.


     

  • Season 5 Episode 25: Where the Stones Are

  • Continuity Goof:  Shelter Bay is a real city along Lake Superior, in the state of Michigan.  It is both a resort town and marina housing many boats.  Lake Superior is large enough to have the size fish Mrs. Stone and Jeff were trying to reel into the boat.  It is due North of Illinois, where Hilldale is suppose to exist.


    Dr. Stone says Shelter Bay is 3 hours away by car, when trying to talk Mrs. Stone into using the boat for the week.  Unfortunately this statement can't be true, as Chicago, IL (which is suppose to be North of Hilldale) is over 6.5 hours South of Shelter Bay, and thus Hilldale would be further, yet, from Shelter Bay.

  • Season 5 Episode 23: Pioneer Woman

  • Tony Owen, Jr., who played Roger Griffin in this episode, is Donna Reed's real-life son.

  • Jim Davis and Donna Reed both had starring roles on Dallas, although not at the same time. Davis died in 1981, and Donna Reed died in 1986. Ironically, both died with their Dallas roles being their last.

  • I remember this one. When we first got nick on cable. The scene in the kitchen You see the boom mikes shadow on the wall. Pretty easy to spot.

  • Season 5 Episode 21: Three is a Family

  • Mary misquotes Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) when she says to Scotty, "Jealousy is the fume of little hearts."  Lord Tennyson wrote in the "Idylls of the King," Guinevere section, "For mockery is the fume of little hearts."


    On the other hand, Elinor Glyn wrote in the Pittsburgh Press newspaper on Sunday May 29, 1921, "... jealousy of another's beauty or talent or charm is all the "fume of little hearts," and should have no place in a fine character."

  • The episode occurs the day after Trisha's eighth birthday according to Jeff.

  • Season 5 Episode 19: The New Look

  • This is the last episode with the original four stars, from the very beginning of the series.  It highlights Mary Stone and gives Shelley Fabare a wonderful opportunity to show off her wind range of acting skill.

  • Season 5 Episode 17: A Woman' Place

  • While Mary is planning menus, she asks Alex whether he'd like steak or lamb stew for dinner.

  • Season 5 Episode 16: Just a Little Wedding

  • This is the second episode about Mary's friends getting married.  The first one was "Dear Wife," season 4, episode 39 (the last episode of season 4).

  • Season 5 Episode 15: Jeff Stands Alone

  • This is the first episode of season 5 where Mary Stone does not appear, except in the opening scene (on her way out the door to school).

  • The lunch box (left under / beside the car by the telephone lineman that Jeff crushes with the car) cost $3.85 (during the 1960's).

  • Season 5 Episode 13: The Winning Ticket

  • Jeff's insurance cost for the car (based upon his age, car, and location) is $180.  The episode implies this is for one year.

  • Season 5 Episode 12: The Makeover Man

  • Steve bought his sneakers for $2.95 at the local Army Surplus store (L & B).  They look to be a pair of white Jack Purcell "tennis shoes."  He has been wearing them for 3 months, at the time of the episode.

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