Written by: Arthur Marx. Directed by: Charles Barton.
As we open, Bill is getting cozy with his latest squeeze in the Davis living room, when Cissy’s date for the evening shows up.
The boy’s appearance startles Bill, who is even more surprised to see what Cissy is wearing.
Coming home from work the next day, Bill confronts another parenting challenge. It seems the twins have been leaving their toys strewn about the house.
Bill decides to institute a system he encountered in the Army–the “slob box.” Toys that aren’t put away will be confiscated, put in a box, and donated to charity.
Meanwhile, Bill shows Cissy a magazine picture of his girlfriend, a top model, and talks obliquely about the Japanese principle of shibui, or simple elegance.
After staring at the magazine picture for a while, though, she seems to get the point.
Ever compliant, Cissy asks French to help her lengthen her skirts. Uncle Bill is thrilled with her new attitude and even asks his girlfriend to take Cissy shopping for new clothes, presumably of the matronly variety. (Bill’s obsession with Cissy’s wardrobe started to seem a little weird around this point.)
Fully believing that Cissy has come to her senses, Bill returns home from work to this debauchery:
Taken aback, Bill is curt to the point of rudeness with Cissy’s friends.
After her friends leave, Cissy calls Uncle Bill out for judging them unfairly.
He does make Cissy to wear non-mod clothes every now and then, though.
Well, at least Buffy still has Mrs. Beasley.
As they scramble, the twins accidentally brush against Mrs. Beasley.
When French finds the doll on the floor, he appreciates enormity of this moment.
It’s all up to Bill now–is Mrs. Beasley a goner?
From now on, he will just count on the twins to remember to pick up their toys. (As a parent, I am absolutely sure that this approach will work.)
This is a rather slight episode, but the mod scenes make it entertaining.
Joan Wilson: Cay Forester. Ronny: Dennis Olivieri.
In the bridge party scene, Mrs. Beasley moves under her own power.
Oooh, these clothes, this music, this dance! Is that how the makers of the show saw the “Swinging Sixties”?
Mrs. Beasley was always creepy.
I like how you’ve written this one – when I saw Mrs Beasley there on the floor, discarded, I actually gasped out loud. What will happen to her!! I heaved a sigh of relief when Uncle Bill decided to turf the slob box.
I laughed at the description of Cissy as a Twist ‘n Turn Barbie. So true!
That mural on Uncle Bill’s bedroom wall is the same one that my parents neighbours had in their house in the 60’s!!!!
It must have been a popular motif..very cool…
How funny! It didn’t occur to me that it was a widely available mural. Somehow, it seems especially well suited to a dashing bachelor like Uncle Bill. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
Yes, it is so cool to look back at shows like FA that give a good depiction of the culture and styles….
Oh Uncle Bill was the ultimate uncle; I so remember having a teensy crush on him even at a young age…lol