This week in Davis-land, Uncle Bill is dealing with a bridge collapse. No, it’s not an engineering emergency–it’s a dental emergency.
Bill also has an evening meeting to attend and a plane to catch for Hong Kong soon after. He refuses to see any dentist but his regular one, who has gone out for the evening.
Luckily, Cissy is at home to watch the twins, since Bill must leave for his meeting.
It’s Cissy’s boyfriend Danny with tickets for a concert that’s about to start.
But Cissy can’t leave the twins.
Cissy quickly decides that she just needs to find a responsible babysitter.
When Sharon arrives, Jody convinces her to give the twins milk and cookies with their bedtime story.
Meanwhile, Bill is still suffering and unable to reach his dentist, Dr. Perry.
Soon, the twins notice that Sharon’s not looking well, either.
Alarmed, Sharon calls her mother, who insists that Sharon come home right away. Mrs. James hurries to the Davis apartment to take over babysitting.
With a new babysitter on hand, the twins are ready for a new bedtime story–and, at Jody’s urging, more milk and cookies.
Apparently, her worry about Sharon is distracting her. She decides that she needs to be with her daughter, so she tracks her husband down at his poker game–which he promptly relocates to the Davis apartment.
In a disappointing turn, we don’t get to hear what these guys would come up with for a Mrs. Beasley bedtime story. Jody does prevail on them to break out some snacks, though. While he’s in the kitchen with one of the poker players, Bill returns home.
As it turns out, though, one of them is not a stranger. The one helping Jody gather snacks is none other than Bill’s dentist.
When French returns, the poker players are leaving, and Bill and Dr. Perry are headed for the dental clinic.
When Bill returns from his appointment, Cissy successfully talks her way out of trouble.
So all’s well that ends well–except for Jody.
This episode executes its circular plot pretty well. I like the various Mrs. Beasley stories, especially Cissy’s, which reveals the twins’ familiarity with little details of urban life. (The story takes place on the Woodlawn-Jerome line.)
Because Jody is usually so good, I enjoy seeing his manipulative side emerge here, as he tricks each successive babysitter into providing treats.
Sharon: Sherry Alberoni. Mrs. James: Doris Singleton. Mr. James: Walter Sande. Dr. Perry: Carleton Young. Danny: Dennis Olivieri. Tom: Barry Brooks. Jim: Bert D. Whaley. Bob: Dick Winslow. Mr. Chung: James Hong. Mr. Lin: Allen Jung.
Doris Singleton was a busy actress during the radio era. Lucille Ball, with whom she’d worked in radio, chose her for a recurring role as Caroline Appleby on I Love Lucy. Singleton also made appearances on Ball’s subsequent series. On Don Fedderson’s My Three Sons, she played Polly’s mother during the Chip-and-Polly-elopement arc.
Hong still has an active career, which has recently included voicing Mr. Ping in both Kung Fu Panda movies and the TV series. Interestingly, in light of his role in this episode, he studied civil engineering in college and worked briefly as an engineer before taking up acting.
Sande had a recurring role as Papa Holstrum on the TV series The Farmer’s Daughter.
This is the second of three Family Affair appearances for Young, and the third and final one for Olivieri.
In addition to the Velvet Vultures reference, we get a Scotty shout-out.
Sharon’s previously revealed apartment number was 12B, but she now seems to live upstairs from the Davis family. Maybe Mr. James moved when he re-married.