Millie and Laura become two terrible stage-mothers when Rob agrees to hire sons Ritchie and Freddie for a commercial directed by Mel Cooley.



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Mel branches out into a new career as a television commercial director, with a script provided by Rob. The commercial requires a child actor, but instead of hiring a professional, Mel wants a non-actor to make the scene more believable. Rob turns down Mel's suggestion of using Ritchie, feeling one family member in show business is enough, but Laura would have liked some input into that decision. She supports Rob until Millie pipes up, saying that her son, Freddie, would love to do it. Following Rob's taciturn approval, Millie quickly tells Freddie in front of Ritchie, who, caught up in the excitement, also wants to be in the commercial if only to be able to wear the baseball uniform costume and miss a day of school. Rob and Laura can't bear to tell Ritchie he's not in it. Rob's solution: rewrite the commercial with two children in the scene, but as hard as Rob endeavors to make the script equal for both kids, Laura and Millie take it upon themselves to make it unequal, each trying to ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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3 February 1965 (USA)  »

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[Rob decides to rewrite his script for two kids, giving some lines to Ritchie]
Rob Petrie: I better make sure they have equal parts.
Laura Petrie: Well, no, they don't have to be exactly equal.
Rob Petrie: Oh. Um, you mean Ritchie could have a couple more, huh?
Laura Petrie: Well, you are his father.
Rob Petrie: Yeah, well, I don't want you to become his stage mother.
Laura Petrie: Oh, Rob!
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