Season 1, Episode 0: Pilot1959
Dobie believes his life is in shambles, all the fault of Max Shulman
, the creator of this show and of the character of Dobie himself in the book "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", and thus the person who has placed him in all his misadventures. Dobie thinks about quitting the show altogether because of all the problems he will be facing episode after episode. Many of the other people who will be appearing on the show try to talk Dobie into changing his mind.
29 September 1959
Dobie is desperate for money so he can take Thalia to the dance, so he and Maynard hatch a plot to dishonestly win $100 at the Bijou Theater on Jackpot Night.
6 October 1959
Dobie launches a runway offensive versus wealthy, better-dressed hunk Milton Armitage, his competitor for luscious teen gold-digger Thalia Menninger. When Dobie's grocer father Herbert T. Gillis refuses to finance a clothing binge, Dobie talks a local haberdasher into letting Dobie secretly model the shoppe's best outfits, to promote the store's business, plus counter Maynard & The Beat Generation's anti-fashion values, which challenge 50's Mad Men mores.
13 October 1959
Dobie forsakes poetry and sets to studying science so he can become a wealthy doctor and win Thalia's greedy heart. This episode introduces Zelda Gilroy and features her and Dobie's first meeting.
20 October 1959
Brother Davey, home from college, gives Dobie some bad relationship advice.
3 November 1959
Maynard receives his draft notice and Mr. Pomfritt and Dobie host a testimonial farewell dinner for him. This episode introduces Michael J. Pollard as Maynard's beatnik cousin Jerome.
10 November 1959
When Dobie starts singing like Elvis Presley, he finds that it drives the girls at school wild. What's even better is that Thalia Meninger, the love of his life, has taken notice and decided to become his manager.
17 November 1959
When Maynard returns from a short hitch in the service and falls for Dobie's girl Pearl, will Dobie do that far, far greater thing than he has ever done before and step aside for his love-struck friend?
24 November 1959
With the big football game coming up and Central High doomed to lose, Dobie, Maynard and their friends plot to steal Webster High's mascot, a goat which Webster players traditionally pet for good luck just before games.
1 December 1959
Dobie and Maynard conspire to get leading man Milton out of the way by opening night so his understudy Dobie can star opposite the lovely Annabelle in the school play, "Magnolias at Manassas: a Drama of the Civil War."
8 December 1959
Dobie falls for Poppy Herming but has to win her father's approval too.
15 December 1959
Dobie thinks everyone has forgotten his birthday.
22 December 1959
Herbert T. Gillis finds himself in jail on Christmas Eve after being stripped of his holiday spirit and driven to desperation by his family and customers.
29 December 1959
All Dobie wants is six dollars so he can take Thalia to the junior prom, but Dobie's Dad won't give it to him until Dobie admits he hates his father. A gentle satire on psychiatric trends of the day.
Season 1, Episode 14: The Gaucho5 January 1960
Carlos, the suave son of an Argentinian general, boards with the Gillis family and immediately wins the fickle heart of Thalia. Dobie and Maynard plot to sabotage his success.
12 January 1960
Thalia persuades Dobie to run against Milton Armitage in the election for junior class president. With Thalia serving as campaign manager and Maynard running a dirty tricks operation, how can Dobie lose?
19 January 1960
Thalia will give her love only to an athlete, so Dobie schemes to set himself up as a fearless fighter, Top Fist. But Milton Armitage, Dobie's rival for Thalia's fickle heart, calls Dobie's bluff and challenges him to a bout.
26 January 1960
Inspired by a poem and the prospect of winning Thalia's heart, Dobie embarks on a hunger strike, evoking from his family and friends admiration, worry and even wrath.
2 February 1960
Dobie falls in love with the beautiful and brainy Aphrodite, whose robust family of health-food-eating acrobats begin putting Dobie through rigorous training in anticipation of the day he'll join their family and their act.
9 February 1960
Thalia wants Dobie to go to Willoughby Hall, an exclusive eastern school, and befriend the sons of wealthy bankers (an idea that also captures Mr. Gillis' fancy in a dream sequence). All Dobie wants is Thalia's love, but to win her heart he must get a 100 on his math test. To what depth will he sink for love?
16 February 1960
Dobie becomes enthralled by the theories of Professor Dobkin, author of "The Power of Magnetic Thought," whose teachings promise to make him the "dominating male" that Thalia demands.
23 February 1960
Dobie plots to make Zelda more appealing to other boys by spreading a rumor that Zelda's father is inheriting one million dollars.
1 March 1960
Thalia attempts to teach Dobie the art of thinking, Maynard thumps out a jazz beat to "cogito ergo sum" on his school desk and new girl Whitney threatens to shake up the status quo.
8 March 1960
As hard as he tries, Dobie just can't seem to get rid of Zelda Gilroy, the one girl he doesn't want but wants him. Zelda is aware of Dobie's failings, such as not being a very bright student and thus not having any future career prospects. Zelda compensates for that by mapping out their future: they will live on a farm after they get married so that Dobie will at least be able to provide food. In being a farmer, Dobie has to take biology class, with which Zelda will help him. Dobie agrees to take biology only because he knows that brainy Zelda has his academic best interest in mind and will help him. Dobie sees being a farmer as his only future hope, regardless of if Zelda is in that future. As usual, Maynard follows Dobie into biology class. Their first project is to examine the effects of hormones on chicken. One will be injected with female hormones, one will be injected with male hormones and the control chicken will get no injection. Three problems arise with their new arrangement. First, Mr. Gillis, who doesn't know that Dobie has chickens, keeps on hearing rooster crows, which he is made to believe is all in his imagination. Second, Dobie wants out of his arrangement with Zelda if only because he has met the pretty Imogene Burkhart, who he sees as a possible girlfriend/future wife. And third, Maynard is forced to give the chickens their injections. He believes that a 2 cc injection means a 2 cup injection.
15 March 1960
Dobie lies about joining the navy to impress a girl's sea-minded father.
29 March 1960
Seeing a financial opportunity, Thalia gets Dobie and his Dad mixed up with a shady dry cleaning operation. Will she clean up while they're hung out to dry?
5 April 1960
Mr & Mrs. Gillis are persuaded to help with the Central High Student-Parent Betterment League's Capers, an amateur revue featuring acts of questionable talent. This episode turns the spotlight on Frank Faylen.
12 April 1960
To help his father's chances of securing a loan, Dobie agrees to date the banker's spoiled-brat daughter.
19 April 1960
Dobie and Maynard strike out on their own and rent an apartment.
26 April 1960
Thalia hatches a scheme for Dobie to sell sandwiches at the school picnic.
3 May 1960
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. agrees to assist the under-dressed Dobie and Maynard gain entry to his cousin Sabrina Armitage's black-tie soirée by having each fellow take a turn wearing his tux. Will their jig be up and their pants down?
10 May 1960
Mr. Gillis dreads signing his will and suffers a nightmare of what his wife and sons would do with his store in his absence.
17 May 1960
Dobie and Chatsworth compete for the affections of Daphne by setting to work to sell the most shoes in her father's shoe store.
24 May 1960
When the Quimbys come to town and open a grocery store, Dobie competes with Chatsworth for Delphine's affections while Mr. Gillis competes with Mr. Quimby for the local grocery trade.
31 May 1960
Maynard is smitten with Francoise, and to compete with the similarly smitten Chatsworth Maynard trades in his sweatshirt and jazz sides for a sport coat and tie, but will he agree to shave off his beatnik beard?
7 June 1960
Dobie falls for a nurse and fakes having a serious illness to win her attentions, but the disease he and Maynard plucked from a medical book sparks a panic.
14 June 1960
After getting into a bit with a disgruntled police officer over picking flowers in the park Dobie goes to visit his new date that just so happens to be the officer's daughter.
21 June 1960
Dobie acts impulsively and proposes marriage to Zelda.
28 June 1960
Dobie meets Gwyneth, a simple girl who despises money, until her kid sister begins dating 13-year-old Chrissie Tyler, who runs a lucrative babysitting racket out of Charlie Wong's ice cream parlor.
5 July 1960
Dobie and a girlfriend take a baby-sitting job, but the Gillises suspect Dobie is secretly a father.
27 September 1960
Aiming high to win the affections of Esme Lauterbach (a 6'2"-tall beauty), Dobie allows Zelda to compose his entry in Mr. Pomfritt's music class contest. Dobie performs the song "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" from Dwayne Hickman's 1960 Capitol LP.
4 October 1960
To help his good buddy become the moneyed man Mason Dixon demands, Maynard secretly edits and submits Dobie's essay on why he loves his dog into The Daily Bugle's "Why I Love My Dad" contest.
Season 2, Episode 3: Baby Talk18 October 1960
Maynard discovers in the park one day both an abandoned baby and his paternal instinct. But keeping little, crying Katrina a secret proves to be a herculean task for Maynard, Dobie and Zelda, especially with a suspicious Chatsworth nosing around.
25 October 1960
To help Mr. Gillis receive an exalted position in his Bison lodge, Dobie and Maynard switch roles.
1 November 1960
Maynard G. Krebs somehow acquires the ability to predict the future. With the Kennedy-Nixon presidential election only one week away, Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. persuades Maynard to appear on his mother's television station, KASH, to tell the world which candidate will win the election. In the end, Dobie convinces Maynard not to appear because it could taint the election. Instead, Maynard writes down his prediction and seals it inside an envelope. In the episode's epilogue, Dobie opens the sealed envelope, presumably the day after the election, to reveal Maynard's prediction. After examining Maynard's election prediction, Dobie glares at him and states, "You picked the WRONG one!" I believe this episode was aired only the one time and was not part of the syndication package.
15 November 1960
Maynard attempts to overcome his aversion to w-o-r-k by taking a job at the Army, Navy & Civilian Surplus Store where he is assigned the impossible task of selling the overstock on grotesque Confucius statues with clocks in their bellies.
22 November 1960
Maynard finds a purse containing $512 and eagerly awaits the day six months later when he can claim the money, but two con men see in Maynard an easy mark to make them some easy money.
29 November 1960
Dobie helps a student get his girl and stay in school.
6 December 1960
Dobie has eyes for the cute new girl in school, Charlotte Lamarr, and gets a hot rod to impress her. He has competition from the rich and snooty Chatsworth Osborne Jr., so Zelda gives him a hand in thwarting Chatsworth's plans.
20 December 1960
Maynard throws a Christmas party for his friends, but status seeker Zelda persuades Dobie it would be better to attend Chatsworth's posh party. Troubled, Dobie is haunted by ghosts in this spoof of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
27 December 1960
Hungry for culture and sophistication, Mrs. Gillis befriends a French modern artist and encourages Dobie to date his existentialist poet daughter, but Yvette has her eyes set on the elder Mr. Gillis. The episode is highlighted by Danielle De Metz's inspired performance as Yvette.
3 January 1961
Parents pinch-hit for the teachers when a flu epidemic fells the faculty. Dobie livens up Mrs. Kenney's music class by singing "Don't Send a Rabbit" from Dwayne Hickman's 1960 Capitol LP "Dobie."
10 January 1961
Maynard befriends a real cool cat: the lion belonging to His Imperial Radiance Prince Dumiphon of Ambodia.
24 January 1961
Mr. Pomfritt assigns an essay addressing a big question: "Whither are we drifting?" Dobie and Maynard mull the question and their uncertain futures in an atypical episode that is more thoughtful than humorous.
31 January 1961
After too many late nights with the boys at the Bison Lodge, Mr. Gillis seeks to bring the romance back to his neglected marriage, heeding the sound advice of Dobie and his trusty marriage manual.
7 February 1961
Maynard realizes his close friendship with Dobie is affecting Dobie's social and educational advancement, so Maynard decides he must end their friendship for Dobie's own good.
14 February 1961
Dobie encourages Zelda to go and be wined and dined while tutoring the Yale-aspiring Chatsworth (thus freeing Dobie to date other girls). Will it be "out of sight, out of mind" or will Zelda's absence make his heart grow fonder?
21 February 1961
Central High's yearbook editor Zelda assigns Dobie and Maynard to write a "where are they now" feature on the school's former star football player and 1911 graduate Walter "show 'em no mercy" Appleby, whom the boys discover has seemingly fallen on hard times.
28 February 1961
Mrs. Gillis writes the winning entry in a contest and Dobie eagerly anticipates the prize: a date with glamorous movie starlet Merilee Maribou. Seeing the date as a stepping stone to success, Dobie performs "Don't Shoot The Man on the Moon" from Dwayne Hickman's 1960 Capitol LP, "Dobie."
7 March 1961
Dobie's upcoming graduation brings to light the embarrassing fact that Herbert T. Gillis never graduated high school, but thanks to evening classes for adults Dobie's Dad is determined to finally finish what he started long ago.
14 March 1961
Adrift after graduation, Dobie and Maynard seek the counsel of their elders and of professionals on what next to do with their lives.
Season 2, Episode 22: Baby Shoes21 March 1961
Dobie receives a friendly letter from his Uncle Sam: "Greetings. Your enlistment in the United States Army has been processed." As the Gillises prepare to send their boy into the service, Dobie's baby shoes spark a flashback to the 1940s when Mr. and Mrs. Gillis were eagerly expecting their baby.
28 March 1961
Dobie and Maynard join the Army along with Chatsworth - by mistake of course.
4 April 1961
Waitress Betsy won't go out with Dobie unless he get a date for her roommate Suzy.
11 April 1961
Chatsworth enlists in the Army and is assigned to Dobie and Maynard's platoon. He wants the military to make a man of him, but will Mumsy allow it?
18 April 1961
After getting his beard caught in his rifle's bolt release, Maynard is ordered to shave off the offending fuzz. When the protest cat protests the order, Dobie defends his friend before a military tribunal.
Season 2, Episode 27: Spaceville25 April 1961
Dobie, Maynard and Corporal Kilroy (a chimpanzee) are selected to participate in Operation Moonshot, which experiment requires them to spend 30 days in a simulated space capsule. Will Maynard and Kilroy's antics bring them from the frying pan to the launching pad?
2 May 1961
Mr. Gillis' high school squeeze Bubbles moves back to town with her beautiful daughter Hazel, stirring up fond memories and green-eyed monsters.
9 May 1961
Home from the Army on furlough, Dobie attempts to boost Maynard's confidence with girls by convincing him that his twitchy eyebrows give him irresistible sex appeal.
16 May 1961
Dobie and Maynard land the lead roles playing officers in Lt. Merriwether's play. Following a rehearsal and still dressed as his character Major Gates, Dobie meets and woos with war stories a beautiful young lady who's father happens to be the base's gruff new colonel. Will it be Herbie "Snow Job" Gillis to the rescue or 20 years in the brig for impersonating an officer?
23 May 1961
After watching a sentimental war movie, Maynard is stricken with acute homesickness and secures a pass home. Dobie fears his buddy has gone AWOL and returns home to bring him back, securing his own pass home by claiming that his father is deathly ill.
30 May 1961
Not to be upstaged by a beautiful Army brat with an impressive pedigree, Dobie claims his father is a missing in action WWII hero and sets to spinning yarns of his extraordinary exploits.
6 June 1961
Zelda tells the snooty Rochelle that she and Dobie are secretly engaged, weaving a web of deception that threatens to ensnare her at the big society party. This time the spotlight shines on Sheila James in what appears to be a set up for a spin-off.
13 June 1961
Mr. Pomfritt is discouraged and decides to leave the teaching profession, inspiring Dobie and Maynard to host a testimonial dinner to encourage and hearten him in his calling.
20 June 1961
Dobie and Maynard tell their sergeant of the dark and stormy night when they were left minding the store and became convinced a Martian invasion was underway.
27 June 1961
When Maynard suffers a head injury, a feisty WWII veteran comes out of retirement to help the platoon complete Operation Xerxes.
10 October 1961
Dobie and Maynard are honorably discharged from the Army and immediately join Zelda in enrolling at S. Peter Pryor Junior College, where their old high school teacher Mr. Pomfritt is now a professor.
17 October 1961
Dobie's romances with other women are torpedoed by Zelda's clever schemes.
24 October 1961
Maynard sues the insurance company after getting his hand stuck in Gillis Grocery's gumball machine.
31 October 1961
Dobie uses the heredity factor to convince Zelda to abandon her dreams of marrying and having children with him and to turn her affections towards a more suitable mate: Chatsworth Osborn, Jr.
Season 3, Episode 5: The Gigolo7 November 1961
Maynard, of whom no man could ever be jealous, suddenly finds himself a hot commodity among the coeds of S. Peter Pryor Junior College when he agrees to serve as their escort to social events while their boyfriends are away. Dobie, fearing his caviar-stuffed friend is headed for a life of dissipation and decay, sets to rescuing him.
14 November 1961
Mr. Gillis fears Dobie's interest in Egyptology is inspired less by mouldering mummies and more by the beautiful Dr. Burkhart.
21 November 1961
Dr. Burkhart asks her class to bring items to include in a time capsule, but Maynard refuses, discouraged by his conviction that within a matter of years the world will go "boom, boom, ker-boom!" and there will be nobody left to discover the time capsule.
28 November 1961
Mr. Pomfritt reports $41.37 has disappeared from his desk. Earlier that day Maynard arrived to school in a taxi, telling Dobie a squirrel gave him $41.37. Dobie tries to right the wrong, but, proving that no good deed goes unpunished, finds himself the prime suspect.
5 December 1961
Dobie falls for the soft-hearted Sally Bean, whose parents insist she must date two boys at a time. Can Dobie hope to compete for Sally's affections against Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.?
12 December 1961
"A man's reach should exceed his grasp," wrote Robert Browning, and Dobie is inspired to reach for the unattainable Poppy Jordan.
19 December 1961
Maynard befriends a poor Mexican shoeshine boy and generously gives him $55.78--all the money his classmates had saved to fund their Christmas dance. To earn back the money, Maynard takes a job as a department store Santa Claus.
26 December 1961
When the irresponsible quarterback the Gillises and Maynard have been trying to help and keep from getting cut from the team disappears just before kickoff, a gridiron veteran volunteers to come out of mothballs to cover for him.
2 January 1962
Dobie campaigns for student council against Chatsworth, capitalizing on the folksinging fad that has swept the campus.
9 January 1962
Herbert decides to run for city planning commissioner. Dobie is proud to campaign for his father, that is until he meets a pretty girl, the next love of his life. She is Betty Jane Cheever, the daughter of Herbert's opponent, George G. Cheever. Betty Jane doesn't want the election to get between their possible relationship, but she does open Dobie's eyes to the primary issue of the campaign - Proposition E - which Cheever supports as it would tear down an aging neighborhood that many consider a slum. In discussions with his father about the election, Dobie learns that Herbert doesn't know about the issues at all - that he is campaigning solely on his charisma - but when he does hear about Proposition E, he doesn't support it because it is the neighborhood in which he grew up, which brings with it nostalgic and fond memories for him. This stance places a rift between Dobie and Herbert, which brings up whether standing up for one's beliefs, being informed and correct about an issue, or family is most important.
16 January 1962
Chatsworth asks Herbert T. Gillis to come to Osborn Manor and mold him from being a namby-pamby weakling into a a manly man among men, but Mumsy and Trembley conspire to quash Chatsworth's conversion.
23 January 1962
Mr. Gillis entertains big dreams of selling his grocery store to a supermarket chain for a big price and being able to give his family more time and luxuries.
30 January 1962
A wedding-by-proxy sparks Zelda's mania to get married, so Dobie and Maynard seek to escape by stowing away on a cargo ship bound for South America, not realizing Zelda is also aboard.
13 February 1962
Maynard meets his kind of people in Edwina "Eddie" Kegel, a tomboy who enjoys hacking around with him, watching building demolitions and sewer excavations and laughing at the "oblongs" at the sophomore dance.
20 February 1962
Mr. Pomfritt's lecture on marriage convinces Dobie that marrying Zelda is his only logical choice. But is marriage meant to be a logical choice?
27 February 1962
To win the avaricious affections of Daphne, Dobie becomes a wheeler dealer in the commodities futures market.
6 March 1962
Thalia Menninger reenters Dobie's life, she who is now the assistant sales manager for the Pylon Corporation, which sells clothing door-to-door. She soon will be promoted to sales manager of their Cleveland office. Whatever the reason for Thalia's return, Dobie vows not to fall under her spell again since he knows she will ultimately break his heart as he will never be the money making machine she is looking for in a husband. Indeed, Thalia wants Dobie back, but she figures she can have her cake and eat it too by Dobie dropping out of school and becoming a salesman under her for Pylon. Although he still pines for her, Dobie doesn't want to drop out of school despite he realizing that his liberal arts program isn't providing him with any grounding for a professional life that would attract Thalia. Dobie's parents are mixed on Dobie dropping out to get a job. They all let confirmed academic and lover of anything related to knowledge Mr. Pomfritt decide Dobie's fate. But Mr. Pomfritt, who has always had problems making ends meet, may be easier prey to Thalia's arguments than most would have believed.
13 March 1962
Dobie and Maynard agree to volunteer as big brothers at the Settlement House for underprivileged children and in doing so help Dr. Burkhart bridge the gap between sociological theory and practice.
20 March 1962
A remake of the first season's "Room at the Bottom," with Mr. Pomfritt playing the part of the put-upon teacher with a dissatisfied spouse. Dobie and Maynard babysit the Pomfritts' children and are tempted to peek at the test, a high score on which would allow Dobie to transfer to an Ivy League school and meet men of means (a possibility that delights Mr. Gillis in a daydream).
27 March 1962
Dobie discovers the significance of his unusual name when his distinguished namesake summons him to New York City to share a parting message. A thoughtful episode with an inspiring message for young people.
3 April 1962
Dobie lands a job at Lumpkin Lumber through the influence of his girlfriend Gloria, but when the boss' brash daughter takes a shine to him, Dobie sees a chance to climb the corporate ladder to success.
10 April 1962
Maynard learns that while honesty may be the best policy, it's not always the best way to win friends and influence people.
17 April 1962
Yellow journalist Maynard writes a scandalous article for The Pryor Crier, sensationalizing Dr. Burkhart's anthropology class' planned reenactment of a native dance into a "pagan revel" that raises the blood pressure of outraged parents (especially Mr. Gillis' in a fantasy dream sequence).
24 April 1962
While Professor McGuffy is performing a demonstration on how certain animals, such as basset hounds, have developed a keen sense of smell to overcome other less developed senses, his science class learns that Maynard's sense of smell is far more powerful, especially when it comes to searching out food. But Maynard's keen sense of smell applies to everything. Dobie believes Maynard can parlay that ability to sniff out anything into a lucrative detective business - finding missing items for clients - with Dobie as his business manager. It does end up becoming a booming and indeed lucrative business. But what Dobie didn't count on was fellow student, the beautiful but conniving and money hungry Elspeth Hummaker, entering the scene. Elspeth, who would normally be way out of Maynard's league, wants to take over the business, moving it into an even more lucrative but less ethical direction, and push Dobie out. Will Maynard stay with his good buddy, or go with a girl he wouldn't otherwise be able to get? And will Maynard always be able to sniff out anything?
1 May 1962
Dobie determines to toss the co-dependent Maynard from the nest of their friendship to let him learn self-sufficiency, but the tossing proves more difficult than anticipated.
8 May 1962
To earn $20 to woo his high-class girlfriend Samantha, Dobie and Maynard take a job as waiters at a sorority house party, but when Samantha shows up as a guest, the boys become girls to avoid being detected.
15 May 1962
On an anthropology class field trip, Maynard stumbles into a hidden cave and discovers and befriends a stone-age caveman.
22 May 1962
Chatsworth's cousin Edwina drops out of high society to hack around with her childhood chum Maynard. Fearing Eddie's infatuation will lead to marriage, the scandalized Osbornes set to work making a gentleman of Maynard.
29 May 1962
Dobie is torn between two girls on opposite ends of the spectrum. Dobie, using a scam as always, is trying to convince current girlfriend Mona Monaghan that he shouldn't go out with her tonight since she should study for a Latin exam she has the next day, while in reality he can't take her out since he has no money. She counters that she doesn't need to study since she's going to cheat, for which Dobie chastises her, still solely trying to get out of having to take her out. Overhearing this encounter is Eloise McInerney, a girl who Dobie has known since they were children but who he always thought unattainable. Eloise is a straight arrow who believes in unadulterated honesty, and this encounter shows her that Dobie is an honest fellow unlike what she previously believed. However, when she learns that Dobie's father is using a scam to get out from paying a $10 parking ticket, she figures that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. To get Eloise's fleeting affections back, Dobie has to prove to her that his father is going to pay the parking ticket, that proof being the payment receipt. But getting Dobie's father to pay the fine and getting the parking violations clerk to accept the money aren't as easy as Dobie believes. And if Eloise won't have him, Dobie convincing Mona that he has larceny in his heart is also easier said than done.
5 June 1962
Mrs. Gillis leaves to visit relatives in Cleveland for a few weeks and the Gillis boys welcome the freedom, but quickly learn how much they need her firm and guiding hand upon them.
12 June 1962
Bully Butch Baumgartner is due into town on the noon bus and has a score to settle with Dobie. Will Dobie muster the courage to face the man who hates him, or lie a coward in his grave?
26 June 1962
Due to his humble origins, Dobie is denied membership in Chatsworth's exclusive Silver Spoon Club, so he and Maynard scheme to deliver a low blow to the highbrow frat boys.
26 September 1962
A misunderstanding results in Maynard being committed to a mental hospital. Dobie is determined to bust out his good buddy by impersonating iconic television doctor Ben Casey.
3 October 1962
Tuesday Weld returns to her role as Thalia for this atmospheric outing set in a large mansion on a dark and stormy night. After making Thalia the beneficiary of his GI insurance policy, Dobie becomes paranoid people are plotting to kill him.
10 October 1962
Dobie's southern-fried cousin Virgil comes north to start a music career and in order to get the electric guitar, fancy threads, leggy girl and loot to launch he lays on the charm as thick and sweet as a mint julep.
17 October 1962
Dr. Burkhart's anthropology class field trip takes Dobie and Maynard to the heart of the Amazon. While Dobie is off buying a shrunken head to impress beautiful classmate Clydene, Maynard mysteriously disappears.
24 October 1962
To win the sympathies of Clarissa, Duncan Gillis tells her that his cousin Dobie is an alcoholic, a role Dobie is eager to play if it means being rehabilitated by a young Ellen Burstyn as an idealistic social worker.
31 October 1962
To win the attentions of beautiful Lottie Lee, Dobie joins the school football team and immediately finds himself the target of Lottie's jealous brute of a boyfriend, the quarterback for the opposing team in the upcoming big game.
7 November 1962
Maynard and Duncan set out in the grocery truck to make a delivery, not realizing their cargo is a highly combustible container of nitroglycerine.
14 November 1962
Dobie plays sick to sucker some succor from pre-med student Emily. But oh what a tangled web Dobie weaves when first he practiced to deceive.
21 November 1962
Dobie has asked Linda Sue Faversham to marry him sixty-one times, and she has turned him down sixty-one times, primarily because she says she needs to marry someone with money to be able to support her family of poor derelicts, and Dobie has zero prospect as a money making husband. But on proposal number sixty-two, cash register-for-a-heart Linda Sue surprisingly says yes for what she considers a screwy reason: love. Her change of heart is because she is passing the torch of finding the money making husband to her younger sister, Amanda Jean. Amanda Jean seems to be Linda Sue's perfect protégé. But if Amanda Jean fell for some poor shlub like Linda Sue did, then Linda Sue would have to return to her money hungry ways. That's why Dobie has to get his equally poor cousin Dunky out of the picture - he who has fallen in love with Amanda Jean, and it seems she with him - that is unless they can convert young, impressionable Dunky into a mean, cutthroat money maker.
28 November 1962
To win the affections of his patriotic dreamgirl Betsy, Dobie must pass Dr. Burkhart's rigorous American History exam. Dobie and Maynard plan to wing it with the help of Arthur the mynah bird.
5 December 1962
Maynard and Duncan go on the lam after accidentally locking Mr. Gillis in the freezer and thinking they've killed him. Meanwhile, Dobie and Mr. Gillis come under suspicion in the disappearance of Duncan.
12 December 1962
Maynard will be expelled from S. Peter Pryor College unless he passes a comprehensive exam. Desperate, he sneaks a drink of Professor Dartmoor's LYC-13 formula that can make a man a genius, but too much of which can make a man a monster. Bottoms up!
19 December 1962
The Gilleses believe that the time has come to disabuse Maynard of his belief in Santa Claus and set in motion an elaborate scheme to accomplish the task.
2 January 1963
The Milano Opera Company comes to Pryor College to perform William Tell and Duncan falls for the beautiful lead singer and runs afoul of her boyfriend, the fiery Farino.
9 January 1963
That southern-fried fink Virgil T. Gillis comes to town and sets to stealing Dobie's girl Cecily by toadying to her father and selling his Quickee Cookers with a smile and a song.
16 January 1963
Dobie beats Maynard out for a temporary position as a member of the vocal group, The Lettermen. The Lettermen appear as themselves.
23 January 1963
Escaped convict Clyde "The Goon" Calhoun and his moll Patsy are on the lam and holing up at the Gillises, holding the family hostage while awaiting Big Louie's arrival. A satire of the hard-boiled crime dramas of the day.
30 January 1963
Dobie scores a gig spinning sides for the campus radio station and is soon offered payola to pump the open-toed sandal songs of folksinger Prudence Virtue. Determined to sway Dobie's savage heart with song, Zelda records and performs "Come a Little Closer."
6 February 1963
Chatsworth pays Dobie $200 to impersonate him at a stuffy dinner party, but Dobie's deception isn't the only one on the evening's menu.
13 February 1963
Dobie attracts the affections of an eccentric Russian girl who wants only to dance barefoot in the moonlight wearing gossamer robes. Conversely, Zelda is determined to transform Dobie into the boy in the gray flannel suit.
20 February 1963
Maynard and Mr. Gillis' pinkies become entrapped in a Gypsy Love Link bought from a band of novelty-selling Gypsies. While Mr. Gillis and Maynard (beardless and in drag!) attend the grocer's convention, Dobie sets out in search of the secret to unlocking them (but ends up locking lips with the fiery Natasha).
27 February 1963
After the several thousand times that Zelda has tried to nab Dobie as her guy, Dobie finally relents. But this time, Zelda turns him down. Why?: because she feels he will always be a dead weight in her life, pulling in an opposite direction from her. Zelda changes her mind after a beautiful young and wealthy woman named Claypool enters their class, she who wants Dobie for exactly the reason that Zelda didn't want him. Dobie is in a conundrum as he can choose Claypool, a beautiful woman he loves at first sight but will be relatively useless to him otherwise, or Zelda, a woman he doesn't love but can be of great use to him in a fundamental sense. Their assignment for Dr. Burkhart's class on how people know things and a wayward elephant may help both Dobie and Zelda figure out what and who they really want.
6 March 1963
The Osbornes awake to find themselves bankrupt! But crafty Chatsworth is quick to cook up a scheme that will keep their parsnips buttered.
13 March 1963
A music publisher and a radio disc jockey possess a mechanical marvel (played by Robby the Robot) that can guarantee hit records. While Virgil T. Gillis is attempting to sell them his southern-fried songs, Maynard monkeys with the machine and is transformed into a robot.
20 March 1963
Maynard commits to teaching tricks to Seymour the chimp to keep the college from selling the little fellow to a medical school.
27 March 1963
Chatsworth Osborne. Jr. is asked to remove himself from his place of residence (that request came from his mother) and finds himself rooming at the Gillis home, where his champagne tastes threaten to bust their beer budget. And is there criminal activity underway in the upstairs room?
3 April 1963
Dobie and Maynard go from the frying pan to the firing squad! While vacationing in the banana republic of Boca Dolce, the boys are abducted and Maynard is forced to impersonate his look-alike, General Ramon, a fearless leader known as El Tigre.
10 April 1963
Dobie, Maynard and Mr. Gillis are begrudgingly invited to spend the weekend at Osborne Manor, a visit that coincides with several puzzling robberies. Could our Maynard be a sleepwalking kleptomaniac?
17 April 1963
When the beautiful Valentine Van Loon broadcasts a plea and a reward for the return of her lost dog Boo Boo, it becomes father vs. son to be the first to find and return the pooch, Dobie for romantic reasons and Mr. Gillis for the hard, cold cash.
24 April 1963
Dobie tells the story of how and why Maynard and Zelda are standing in front of a J.P. about to be married. At Zelda's recent 21st birthday, Zelda implied that the best present she could receive would be to marry Dobie, while Dobie in turn implied that that would never happen. As such, Zelda told Dobie she would embark on a plan to marry him that would involve Maynard. Maynard's most prized possession is his freedom, and Dobie, as his best friend, would never let that freedom be taken away from him. So if Zelda was able to get Maynard to propose to her, Dobie would step in to save Maynard. Zelda was able to use logic to get engaged to Maynard, without telling him her true purpose. As Maynard truly did see marrying Zelda as the best thing for himself, Dobie could not break his heart by telling him Zelda's true purpose. And although most in town, including the parents, didn't approve of the wedding, no one saw it as their place to stop it. So when the J.P. asks if anyone knows of just cause why Maynard and Zelda should not be married, will anyone - most specifically Dobie or Zelda - pipe up?
1 May 1963
Pills containing the concentrated essence of the Galapagos Island turtle transform Maynard into the powerhouse prizefighter "Killer Krebs."
8 May 1963
The Gillises and Maynard are on vacation in Washington DC. There, Maynard is pursued romantically by a beautiful woman name Veronica Vanderheit, only because she believes he is the world famous rocket scientist Dr. Henry Fahrenheit. Dobie encourages her pursuit of Maynard despite her misidentification of Maynard as Dr. Fahrenheit only because he believes he himself can woo her in the process. Dobie and Maynard learn from federal agents that she is really a foreign spy, who is not averse to killing for what she wants, in this case the top secret formula for the rocket fuel that Dr. Fahrenheit is developing. The agents want Maynard to continue to impersonate Dr. Fahrenheit to Veronica so that they can nab her entire spy ring. The mission is dangerous enough for Maynard, but throw into the mix Dobie's parents, who have no idea what's going on, and the mission becomes more complicated.
15 May 1963
When Maynard G. Krebs plays impresario to an ingénue singer a star is born, but behind every silver lining is a cloud.
22 May 1963
The Gillises give frumpy Dr. Burkhart an extreme makeover in the hope of provoking a marriage proposal from her longtime boyfriend.
29 May 1963
When Maynard confuses a musk ox-derived love potion for his hair tonic he becomes the irresistible desire of every woman. The mercenary Mr. Gillis hopes to capitalize on his catapulting Maynard to Hollywood stardom.
5 June 1963
Chatsworth approaches Dobie with a scheme to rig the raffle at the Osborne charity bazaar and split the $5,000 prize. Will the allure of all that filthy lucre lead the perpetually poor Dobie down the road to perdition?
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