Ritchie becomes very attached to two baby ducks that were left over from a show and adopts them. Rob faces the task of making Ritchie understand the consequence of trying to keep pets that may be happier living in the wild.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Hausner ...
Mr. Fletcher
Jane Dulo ...
Miss Singleton
Geraldine Wall ...
Miss Glasset
Frank Adamo ...
Veterinarian's Assistant


Mel has a box of props, primarily toys, that he is letting Rob distribute amongst himself, Sally and Buddy. None of the toys are really appropriate for Ritchie, but the one set of props that no one really knows what to do with is a pair of live baby ducks. Despite once having brought home some chicks for Ritchie that died the same day, which devastated both Laura and Ritchie, Rob decides to bring them home as he falls in love with them. Laura is against having the ducks if only because of what happened to the chicks, but once Ritchie sees them and names them - Oliver and Stanley - they know they can't refuse them to Ritchie. Three months later and after the death of Oliver, Stanley, now full grown, is a beloved member of the family to Ritchie, but he isn't looking too healthy, much like Oliver did before he died. After speaking to the veterinarian, Rob learns that what Stanley is suffering from is the need to live the outdoor life of a duck with other ducks, and as such, Rob releases ... Written by Huggo

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26 September 1962 (USA)  »

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Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: [looking through a box full of old toys] Hey, here's something for Ritchie: a bathtub toy with a plastic fish in it.
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: I think Ritchie's a little too old for plastic fish.
Sally Rogers: [taking the toy] I'll take it.
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: I don't want to be personal, but aren't you old enough to bathe with real fish?
Sally Rogers: It's not for me, it's for Mr. Henderson, my cat.
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: Your cat eats plastic fish?
Robert 'Rob' PetrieSally Rogers: [in unison] It's a plastic cat.
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