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The magazine has a new majority stockholder, Cynthia Drummond-Randolph, or "Cissy" as she is known to her friends. She's beautiful, stylish, wealthy, philanthropic, conservative and ... See full summary »


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Peggy Chantler Dick, Mark Toby (novel)


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Episode credited cast:
Bill Bixby ... Tom Corbett
Miyoshi Umeki ... Mrs. Livingston
James Komack ... Norman Tinker
Brandon Cruz ... Eddie Corbett
Kristina Holland Kristina Holland ... Tina Rickles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tippi Hedren ... Cissy Drummond-Randolph
Bob Sones ... Billy Gerber (as Bob Sines)


The magazine has a new majority stockholder, Cynthia Drummond-Randolph, or "Cissy" as she is known to her friends. She's beautiful, stylish, wealthy, philanthropic, conservative and everyone at the magazine is nervous about meeting her. The only person who isn't nervous about meeting her is Norman, who has a chance encounter with this beautiful woman without knowing who she is. Norman is not exactly her type, both in a personal and professional sense, as she does not trust or understand free spirits such as him. After touring the operation, she not only recommends, but orders Tom to outsource photographic services, which in essence means firing Norman. Tom, although realizes he cannot fight her through official channels since she controls the Board of Directors and can manipulate the stockholders, does the only thing he can do to support Norman: if Norman goes, Tom goes. Eddie supports Tom's decision, but Tina and Mrs. Livingston thinks it's a mistake. Norman wants to make it easy for... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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25 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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"Freedom and those that are not free"
18 March 2019 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Tom is meeting the new majority stockholder of his company. Eddie sagely understands it by relating it to getting a new principal at school. Tom is nervous, as is his secretary Tina, to meet the wealthy, powerful, and fashionable Mrs. Cissy Drummond-Randolph (Tippi Hedren, Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Marnie"). Norman, on the other hand, comes on quite strong to her in his free spirit attitude. After reviewing the company, she mandates eliminating the one-man photo department (Norman) in favor of freelance photojournalists. Tom refuses and says if she fires Norman then she must fire him too. Tina tells Tom he thought irrationally, not considering taking care of Eddie. When Tom explains at home, Eddie is sympathetic saying he would have done the same. Mrs. Livingston, however, also thinks it is irrational in saying, "two friends without a job would be worse than one." She further explains his working could help out Norman until he gets a job. Norman also likes that idea. Tom reconsiders his position at lunch with Mrs. Drummond-Randolph. But, when he determines the reason behind the firing, he may reconsider once again and uses psychology to see if Mrs. Drummond-Randolph can.

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