The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Season 1, Episode 18

The Flying Millicans (2 Feb. 1960)

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Dobie falls in love with the beautiful and brainy Aphrodite, whose robust family of health-food-eating acrobats begin putting Dobie through rigorous training in anticipation of the day he'll join their family and their act.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Florida Friebus ...
Aphrodite Millican
Prof. Millican
James Yagi ...
Charlie Wong
Jud Beaumont ...
Hercules Millican
Tipp McClure ...
Atlas Millican (as Tip McClure)


Immediately after meeting and falling in love with her, Dobie learns more about Aphrodite Millican. Her life is focused on mental and physical health and well being, all in support of her family business. She is one member of the Four Flying Millicans, a traveling acrobatic troupe, with the other three members being her two hulking brothers and her aging father. Aphrodite ends up falling in love with Dobie, despite or more likely because he is weak mentally and physically. She and her family take on the task of whipping Dobie into shape in their quest to have him replace Mr. Millican in the act and in the process be part of their family by marrying Aphrodite. Dobie isn't sure if this future is his intended path, and as such he tries to end their relationship, which is easier said than done. Herbert and Maynard may also factor into the equation of Dobie's problem. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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2 February 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is obviously based on the 1954 MGM Musical "Athena" which also dealt with a conventional boy who becomes involved with a girl who belongs to a family which big on physical fitness and culture. See more »


Herbert T. Gillis: [addressing Prof. Millican] You're interested in heredity, huh? Well, let me tell you something about heredity. Did you ever hear of "backwards heredity"? Well, heredity backs up some times, and that's what happened to me. I got me a cuckoo son, and heredity backed up on me, and now I'm cuckoo.
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Composed by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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