The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Season 3, Episode 1

The Ruptured Duck (10 Oct. 1961)

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Dobie and Maynard are honorably discharged from the Army and immediately join Zelda in enrolling at S. Peter Pryor Junior College, where their old high school teacher Mr. Pomfritt is now a professor.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Florida Friebus ...
Sheila James Kuehl ...
Zelda Gilroy (as Sheila James)
Mr. Wurts
Dean Magruder
Hal England ...
Tyler Cruikshank
Richard Clair ...
Lt. Merriwether
Angela Austin ...
Jim Galante ...


Dobie would have thought that he would have looked forward to this day of his and Maynard's honorable discharge from the army, but what Maynard alerts him to is that they will now have to find jobs. Despite his parents and Zelda having Dobie's immediate future mapped out for him, Dobie has no idea what he wants to do. When he thinks about it, what Dobie really wants to do - what his stint in the army taught him - is to get more education, which he knows is impossible since his grades from high school were not good enough to get him into college, and he doesn't have the money. Much to Mr. Pomfritt's chagrin, what the Gillises are alerted to is that S. Peter Pryor Junior College, where Mr. Pomfritt now teaches, is free and will accept anyone who has a high school diploma. After Dobie, Maynard and Zelda's orientation day as freshmen, Dobie still isn't sure if he can handle life at S. Peter Pryor. The last page of the orientation guide may give him an indication if he should at least give... Written by Huggo

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college | army | school song | freshman | See All (4) »


Comedy | Family





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10 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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S. Peter Pryor Junior College, which is introduced in this episode and which will serve as the primary setting of the series' last two seasons, is often presented as a small rural college, but according to this episode it boasts at least nine different buildings: the Administration Building, the Amateau Building, the Student Union, Burton Hall, Jaffe Hall, Vincent Hall, Murphy Hall, Millard Hall and Pattee Hall. See more »


Herbert Gillis takes out an "and Son" sign that he plans to hang when Dobie enters the grocery business. He states that it has been his dream since Dobie was born. This is odd, since Dobie has an older brother, played by Dobie-actor Dwayne Hickman's real-life brother Darryl, who appeared three times in 1959-60. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. Merriwether: Private Gillis! Private Krebs! At ease. Gentlemen, today is a proud day in the history of the United States Army. A glorious day, a day that will rank with Yorktown, with San Juan Hill, with V-E Day, with V-J Day. Gentlemen, speaking for the United States Army, indeed, for all America, I take excruciating pleasure in handing you your discharge.
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Written by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Instrumental versions of the series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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