Young David Barker returns to the Stones' home for another visit. He has a secret and the stress of hiding it leads him to a very odd dream.




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Episode cast overview:
Charles Herbert ...
David Barker
John Harmon ...
Ric Roman ...
Darlene Fields ...
Major Ryan


David is brought to Dr. Stone from military school because of a dog bite, which proves harmless, but he's permitted to stay the weekend. He and Jeff are left alone late one night, and watch a gangster show. Later, in his sleep, suffering from a guilty conscience over some forbidden cake, Dave has a dream that re-enacts the program with Donna, Dr. Stone and himself as the participants. Written by WesternOne

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stool pigeon | nightmare | mob hit | See All (3) »


Comedy | Family




Release Date:

4 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Showdown with Charles Herbert
27 June 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Charles Herbert (as David Barker), still in a military school for young boys, lies about being bitten by a dog, so the boy who bit him doesn't get in trouble. Since the school's doctor is out of town, young Herbert is sent to receive treatment from Alex (Carl Betz). Back at the Stones, Herbert gets a tetanus shot, and decides he'll stay overnight to attend a Saturday baseball game with Jeff (Paul Peterson). Mary (Shelley Fabares) has a date with Herbie, and the Stones are going to the Hales' for the evening.

This leaves Jeff and Herbert home alone. Of course, they stay up past bedtime, eat the cake Donna (Donna Reed) baked for the weekend, and watch an adult crime drama called "The Showdown". Herbert, suffering from his usual guilty conscience, has a nightmare confusing television with real life (a cleverly done spoof). Meanwhile, Donna and Alex must decide how to punish the boys...

Herbert's "David" is always a welcome guest star. As always, he performs exceptionally, and displays an obvious rapport with Peterson. The scene with the lads getting ready for bed may have had the ABC censors giving this episode a second look. This was Herbert's third "Donna Reed Show" appearance; also note, he and Peterson played Cary Grant's sons in the movie "Houseboat" (1958).

****** Boys Will Be Boys (3/4/59) Oscar Rudolph ~ Charles Herbert, Paul Peterson, Donna Reed

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