Gidget (1965–1966)
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In and Out with the In-Laws 

Gidget has a luncheon date to meet Jeff's parents for the first time. Mixed-up identities and switched sweaters cause a commotion.

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Gidget has a luncheon date to meet Jeff's parents for the first time. Mixed-up identities and switched sweaters cause a commotion.

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3 February 1966 (USA)  »

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Meeting Jeff's Parents
23 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gidget (Sally Field) receives a letter from her boyfriend Jeff Matthews who is away at college that his parents will be in Los Angeles and may want to meet her. 15-year-old Gidget is terror-stricken as somehow she thinks this will mean marriage. Meanwhile, her father Professor Lawrence (Don Porter) is being wooed by one of his students Della Mae (Janis Hansen, who went on to be "Gloria" in "The Odd Couple" series) who is after a passing grade. She offers to drive the professor to the university, but he said he needs his car and suggests she take Gidget to her luncheon date with the Matthews at the Beverly Terrace Hotel. Mrs. Matthews (horror film actress Hazel Court) is primarily concerned with her vanity and disappointed that shoe salesman at a convention at the hotel did not pay attention to her. Mr. Matthews ("The $64,000 Question" host Hal March) seems to take her antics in stride, kidding her. Della Mae pulls up to the hotel and sees a sign that 20,000 salesman are inside and parks to go into the hotel herself. Gidget goes to the soda fountain inside where unknowingly Mrs. Matthews is sitting. The 40-year-old redhead is finally come onto by two salesman and she politely turns them down, just happy knowing they thought she was attractive. Gidget praises her "groovy" turn-down and compliments her, not knowing it's Jeff's mother, then goes on about how worried she is to meet his parents and marriage. Someone spills root beer on Gidget's sweater as Mrs. Matthews leaves and Gidget later switches sweaters with Della Mae. Mrs. Matthews has her husband go down and spot a girl with a root beer stain to talk with her and put her at ease in a chance to meet her the way she did. Naturally he meets Della Mae instead, and instead of a comical confusion there is an argument about his wife trying to get compliments from other men, and Della Mae suspecting him of doing the same- to the disgust of everyone in the lobby. When Gidget's father comes to pick her up and asks a bystander what all the commotion is about. He says "some old goat is trying to pick up a young girl" and he mistakenly sees Mr. Matthews talking with Gidget and rushes to punch him out cold. Now things are really haywire.

The plot is convoluted, making it seem long and forcing an effort to keep the storyline in mind. There is a lot of screen time and comedic lines for the pairing of Hazel Court and Hal March, as well as Janis Hansen, and one must wonder if it was to showcase them for an upcoming series, making this a pilot of sorts. In spite of the script, it was their appearances with touches of comedy that made the show somewhat enjoyable.


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