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A Little Get Together for Cissy 

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Cissy Drummond-Randolph, the Chairman of the Board at the magazine, has come back from her soul searching trip in the rain-forest, where she went to learn how "to get her hair wet". Despite... See full summary »

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Harry Falk
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Bill Bixby ... Tom Corbett
Miyoshi Umeki ... Mrs. Livingston
James Komack ... Norman Tinker
Brandon Cruz ... Eddie Corbett
Tippi Hedren ... Cissy Drummond-Randolph
John Fiedler ... The Mild Man
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... The Englishman
Kristina Holland Kristina Holland ... Tina Rickles
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Cissy Drummond-Randolph, the Chairman of the Board at the magazine, has come back from her soul searching trip in the rain-forest, where she went to learn how "to get her hair wet". Despite the fact that Tina is still in nervous awe of her, Cissy did come back a changed woman. She reconciles with Norman as she too is now more of a free soul than she used to be. And she asks Tom to move to New York to work directly with her. Tom thinks she has ulterior motives of a personal nature: he thinks she's after him as a husband. She admits as much to Norman, who in turn tells Tom. Tom in turn tells her that he thinks her interest in him is solely due to the fact that he was the one who initiated her life change, and thus she is misinterpreting her feelings for her new life as love for him. She is as gracious in rejection as Tom was in the rejecting. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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English

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6 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The Cocktail Party
3 April 2019 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Tom's no nonsense boss, the chairman of his magazine's board, Cissy Drummond-Randolph (Tippi Hedren, Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Marnie") has returned from her soul-searching trip to the rain forest. He is hosting a cocktail party in her honor. Her perspective on life has changed and she is much more relaxed. Cissy doesn't try to hide her attraction to Tom and asks him to move to New York as her partner. He tells her he must think it over. Meanwhile, Eddie is mingling with some of the inebriated male guests to comedic effect. Tina is highly nervous to be around Cissy who she feels she is competing with as a woman. Cissy befriends Mrs. Livingston and suggests to Tom that she will be still be important to them in New York. Tom feels a bit overwhelmed and sees perhaps Cissy still possesses her controlling nature. On the balcony, Norman suggests to Tom that if she is merely after a fling, perhaps he will do. Comic relief is found in a reoccurring milquetoast party guest (familiar character actor John Fiedler) who doesn't trust the hor d'oeuvres are the foods they appear to be. "How do you know it's not a piece of liver that tastes like a prune?" Another party guests comically talks of how she gets piercings when she gets depressed. By the end of the party Tom will have a proposal of his own.

One of the funniest episodes of the series to this point. Fun to see how the party meant different things to each. The central storyline was good, but I personally found it secondary to the above observations.


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