Written by: John McGreevey. Directed by: Charles Barton.
Uh-oh! Jody’s delusional again!
Uncle Bill returns from a one-night trip out of town to learn that Jody has acquired an invisible companion–Arthur the bear. Bill figures Jody will forget about the bear by breakfast time the next morning.
French is annoyed with this new addition to the family, but he hasn’t seen anything yet. Arthur is a rather disruptive bear.
Buffy suffers, too. She feels left out when Jody is playing with Arthur.
Arthur even violates the sanctity of French’s bedroom.
Most alarmingly, Arthur invades the twins’ classroom and causes a major disruption.
Bill, who initially saw Arthur as Jody’s equivalent to Mrs. Beasley, grows concerned. Jody ends up in a place where I suspect he’ll be spending a lot of time later in life–a psychologist’s office.
The family tries to follow her advice, but everyone finds it taxing. Eventually, Bill has a heart-to-heart talk with Jody and comes to the conclusion that the boy is well-adjusted.
Bill drives the whole family out to a barren hellscape, where Arthur is released.
We end with one of those sitcom “Could it be?” moments, as French believes he sees a bear running away.
On old radio and TV shows, child psychologists are buffoons who fail to realize that parenting just requires good old-fashioned common sense. I think I’m with the psychologist here, though. An imaginary friend carried to the point of disrupting the classroom would worry me.
Dr. Dorothy Cramer: Adrienne Marden. Miss Ainsley: Mitzi Hoag. Sue Evelyn: Susan Marie Benjamin. Howard: Kevin Cooper. Hoag had regular roles on the series Hawaii Five-O and Here Come the Brides.