If there was one strong recurrent theme throughout the run of CBS's "Family Affair", it was the kids' fear that this wonderful set-up with their uncle and his valet would come crashing down and they would once again be farmed out to competing relatives. Surprisingly though, in this third season episode which finds Uncle Bill in Rome romancing a client's glamorous daughter, Cissy, Buffy and Jody truly believe he's ready to rid himself of the three of them in favor of a new life overseas. They even get Mr. French to believe he's abandoning them (to which French responds, "If Mr. Davis doesn't want you in Italy, I shall not go as well"). Curiously enough, their suspicions are almost on the money. Uncle Bill's new fiancée certainly does not expect the kids to come live with them (where does she think they'll live? Perhaps boarding schools?), but Bill makes it sternly clear they are a package deal and where he goes, they go. The episode is built on odd assumptions, misunderstandings, and that old fear of family separation. These themes were always good for "Family Affair", but a bit strange coming in the third year. What will it take to make these kids feel secure??
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