Family Affair Friday: Season 1, Episode 24, “Everybody Needs Somebody,” 3/13/1967

Welcome to this delayed edition of Family Affair Friday! I’ve emerged from my camping adventure unscathed, if unrested, and ready for another installment of Davis family fun.

Season 1, Episode 24, “Everybody Needs Somebody,” 3/13/1967

Written by: Ed James and Seaman Jacobs. Directed by: William D. Russell.

Synopsis

As the show opens, the twins are getting on everyone’s nerves.

Jody makes one his anti-girl cracks, which Cissy doesn't appreciate. She orders him to get lost. Meanwhile, doesn't Mrs. Beasley look forlorn? Maybe she senses what's coming next.

Jody makes one his anti-girl cracks, which Cissy doesn’t appreciate. She orders him to get lost. Meanwhile, doesn’t Mrs. Beasley look forlorn? Maybe she senses what’s coming next.

Jody leaves the girls’ room, but not before swiping Mrs. Beasley. Much running and screaming ensues.

The chase is on.

The chase is on.

The caper comes to a halt when the kids reach Uncle Bill’s desk, where they knock down his plans for “the longest bridge in Venezuela.”

Oops.

Oops.

Mr. French has had it, so he lowers the boom: No TV for two nights.

And that includes Captain Hippopotamus. (The name of the twins' favorite show is clearly based on Captain Kangaroo, but the show itself, as Buffy describes it, sounds more like an adventure serial.)

And that includes Captain Hippopotamus. (The name of the twins’ favorite show is clearly based on Captain Kangaroo, but the show itself, as Buffy describes it, sounds more like an adventure serial.)

Almost immediately he begins to doubt his disciplinary actions–was he being too harsh? Nigel is definitely the sensitive French brother. Punishing Buffy and Jody was a favorite activity for Giles French.

The next day, French takes the twins with him as he purchases a wedding present for fellow butler Withers. In response to the kids’ questions, French explains why marriage is such a happy occasion. (French’s real feelings on the subject seem to be less positive, however–he fears Withers is giving up his career for “what may be a matrimonial disaster.”)

French picks out a sterling silver pickle fork for Withers!

French picks out the perfect present–a sterling silver pickle fork!

Could have been worse for Withers--French could have bought that hideous bird thing.

Could have been worse for Withers–French could have bought that hideous bird thing. (Note that the store walls are our favorite shade of green.)

The marriage conversation gives the twins a brainstorm–never a good thing. They are determined to find a Mrs. French!

Ah, here's a likely candidate.

Ah, here’s a likely candidate.

The twins try to play matchmaker between French and Miss Faversham. French, however, jumps to the conclusion that the twins want to replace him with Miss Faversham because he’s been too tough on them.

Suddenly, it’s liberty hall at the Davis apartment.

Play time before homework and cookies and punch before dinner--yes, Jody, this is shocking.

TV before homework and cookies and punch before dinner–yes, Jody, this is shocking.

Uncle Bill steps in and asks the kids why they don’t like French. Shocked, they reply that that they love him and that he’s their best friend besides Uncle Bill himself and Cissy. (Guess they’ve forgotten the other Mr. French–or the Frenches have merged in their childish brains.)

Soon, however, he catches them inspecting his room to see if Miss Faversham would like it.

Soon, however, French catches the kids inspecting his room to see if Miss Faversham would like it.

Luckily, Cissy gets wind of their ideas and fills in Uncle Bill, who gets the whole scheme out of them. French is touched to hear how concerned the kids were about his happiness.

final hug

The three have a sweet talk about marriage, and Uncle Bill explains that each person must find happiness in his or her own way.

Interestingly, Uncle Bill also expresses his own determination to marry one day. Jody, on the other hand, is a budding confirmed bachelor.

Commentary

The concluding talk is definitely the highlight of this episode. Structurally, the plot is unsatisfying, with an abrupt resolution.

Guest Cast

Withers: Richard Peel. Peter: Kevin Cooper. Clerk: Pitt Herbert. Miss Faversham: Heather Angel. Herbert was a frequent TV guest star who played a toy store owner in two Brady Bunch episodes. He also had small parts in such films as Hud, Dear Brigitte (John Williams also appeared) and The North Avenue Irregulars. He had a recurring role on Perry Mason as an autopsy surgeon.

Random observation: Uncle Bill was having a bit of a wardrobe malfunction wiht his tie here.

Random observation: Uncle Bill was having a bit of a wardrobe malfunction with his tie here.

Burning Question

What would Giles French think of the kids’ attempt to fix Miss Faversham up with his brother?

Random liberary observation

Random literary observation: Some of Jody’s books look like Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew volumes. Did boys read Nancy Drew in the ’60s?

Continuity Notes

This French has the same day off as his brother–Thursday. Nigel French mentions his brother in this episode. At least he remembers him.

Inconsistency Alert

Buffy, who could perform multiplication in the past, cannot subtract 6 from 15.

Notable Quotes

Jody: “How are we gonna get them married, Buffy? We can’t even get them to play checkers.”

Random ugliness: Nice hallway decor. Uncle Bill's lame interior decorator friend must have performed her magic on the whole building.

Random ugliness: Nice hallway decor. Uncle Bill’s lame interior decorator friend must have performed her magic on the whole building.

This Week’s Bonus Feature

Another silly Kathy Garver cover–TV Picture Life, September 1967

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4 thoughts on “Family Affair Friday: Season 1, Episode 24, “Everybody Needs Somebody,” 3/13/1967

  1. Orschel52 says:

    In addition to the beloved green shade, the store also features the same wall clock bill has in his office.

    French just turned up a couple of weeks ago and is already invited to Whithers’ wedding as a long-standing friend? Seems the roles of Nigel and Giles French have been entirely fused together, not only in the kids’ minds.

    • Amy says:

      Good catch on the clock! The French confusion is strange. I suppose the producers were hedging their bets because they weren’t sure if Sebastian Cabot would be able to return.

  2. Each time I read on of your posts, I have an incredible desire to see this show! Thanks for giving us readers such a fun blog.

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