My Three Sons (1960–1972)
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Guest in the House 

Barbara feels like a guest in the house when she realizes the boys still go to their father for everything. She is never included. Then, she has to go to school to see Chip's teacher when he is accused of cheating on a test.

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Lois Hire
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Episode cast overview:
Fred MacMurray ... Steve Douglas
William Demarest ... Uncle Charley O'Casey
Don Grady ... Robbie Douglas
Stanley Livingston ... Chip Douglas
Barry Livingston ... Ernie Thompson Douglas
Beverly Garland ... Barbara Harper Douglas
Tina Cole ... Katie Miller Douglas
Dawn Lyn ... Dodie Harper Douglas
Eleanor Audley ... Mrs. Vincent
Janis Oliver Janis Oliver ... Sally Crane
Dolores Quinton Dolores Quinton ... Joan Terry
Ellen Clark Ellen Clark ... Mrs. Henson
William Mims William Mims ... Bill Crane
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Barbara feels like a guest in the house when she realizes the boys still go to their father for everything. She is never included. Then, she has to go to school to see Chip's teacher when he is accused of cheating on a test.

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Comedy | Family

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the opening scene when Steve is packing his suitcase, one can clearly see a band-aid on the middle finger of his right hand. Mid scene, the band-aid is gone! See more »

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Theme from My Three Sons
Written and performed by Frank De Vol
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Would Chip Cheat?
28 August 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After Steve (Fred MacMurray) leaves on one of his frequent work-related trips, Chip (Stanley Livingston) and Ernie (Barry Livingston) turn to Uncle Charley (William Demarest) for permission and advice. Barbara tells her mother (Eleanor Audley) that Charley runs a "tight ship" and is in charge of the Douglas household. While Barbara considers it normal the boys don't think of her as their mother, she's clearly upset by the fact. Chip is particularly excited about having cute Janis Oliver (as Sally Crane) come over, after school, to study. He hopes studying with Ms. Oliver will get his grades up. It works too well and Chip is accused of cheating. Also a teacher, Barbara tells little Dodie (Dawn Lyn) to say "May I?" instead of "Can I?" More importantly, Barbara gets a chance to help solve a problem for one her new teenage sons...

This episode may be most notable for including a respected teacher who is clearly wrong about something (teachers were generally respected in 1970, anyway). Sit-com teachers were generally correct about most things, but Dolores Quinton (as Joan Terry) could have ruined someone's life, if she'd performed similarly at a college level. It's also strange to see Barbara's teaching past downplayed. Having her play a working high school teacher might have been a good move for the series. Rob (Don Grady) and Katie (Tina Cole) do appear, offering advice as Barbara's suggestions are ignored. According to the IMDb credits, this is Eleanor Audley's last appearance as Barbara's mother. Not missed, the character seemed to become someone for Beverley Garland's character to talk to when Fred MacMurray wasn't available.

**** Guest in the House (1970-02-14) Frederick De Cordova ~ Beverly Garland, Stanley Livingston, William Demarest, Barry Livingston


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