The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Season 1 Episode 10

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

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Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Nov 30, 1968 on NBC
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In this touching episode, Carolyn decides that she can no longer live in Gull Cottage the way it is and must do a major renovation. After an initial disagreement over her plans, the Captain agrees to allow her to do what she wants "even if it ruins Gull Cottage", and she sets to work to make it less of a ship and more of a home. She removes antiques and replaces them with modern furniture, much to the Captain's chagrin. However, when she has his Monkey Puzzle Tree cut down, which had broken a window during a storm, the Captain disappears from Gull Cottage. A contrite Carolyn tries to tell him she is sorry, but Jonathan informs her that the Captain is gone. Everyone can feel the hollowness in the house, his absence causes, even Martha and Candy who are not aware of his presence. Carolyn decides there is only way to have the Captain forgive her, so she replaces the tree. Captain Gregg is touched by her thoughtfulness and all is well at Gull Cottage once again.moreless

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      • Captain: You have a lovely smile Mrs. Muir.
        Carolyn: Thank you. And you have a lovely house for a sailor.
        Captain: Seaman blast it! Sailor is a landlubber's word!
        Carolyn: I'm terribly sorry ...seaman.
        Captain: Friends, Mrs. Muir?
        Carolyn: Friends, Captain Gregg
        Captain: Good! You'll never see me lose my temper again.

      • "It's been lonely with only humans to talk too." "Some of them are quite dull." "Most of them are--compared to you."

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      • This episode caused some problems between the production office and Hope Lange. According to the New York Times article of Feb. 16, 1969 she was troubled about the segment that required her to throw away several lovely antiques. "I don't like saying close down the production, but sometimes you have to do it, to protect the series." The antiques were still used, but at least she had gotten her point across.

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