Marilyn's hanging out with Tom Daly, a young man from a good family. She's very happy with him, but he hasn't met Marilyn's family. So, Tom's family sends an invitation to Herman and Lily, for a masquerade dance party. But Grandpa hasn't been invited, and Lily intercedes and calls to Mrs. Daly, asking if Grandpa can go to the party too. Surprised, Mrs. Daly says that there's no problem if that Grandpa person assists to the party. Mrs. Daly tells her husband about the matter. They're suspecting about Munsters' good manners. Herman disguises himself as King Arthur, wearing a heavy armor. Lily disguises herself as a shepherdess (quoting Herman, she looks "positively awful") and Marilyn is a pilgrim. Grandpa disguises himself as Napoleon, mixing up the potions of Marlon Brando and Charles de Gaulle. At the party, things aren't going so good, because Mr. Daly hasn't talk with Herman. Besides, Grandpa is behaving in an eccentric way with Mrs. Daly. Marilyn encourages his uncle to talk with ... Written by
The actors who play Tom Daly's parents both appear in Bewitched (1964) episodes. Mabel Albertson became well known as Mrs. Stevens in that show, and her husband there was named Frank. In this episode, the boyfriend's dad is played by actor Frank Wilcox. See more »
Lily's wires are visible while she is "dancing on air". See more »
Oh dad, thanks very much for putting in a word with mom. If we invite Marilyn's folks, well, it will really help me out with her. You know how it is.
Son, I haven't known how it is for years.
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First 'Munster' Episode A Nostalgic Look At The '60s
In this first official episode, we first see Marilyn on the front porch necking with Tom, her boyfriend. That's to set up the main story, which is that Tom is going to get his snobby parents to invite the Munsters to a masquerade party. Neither Tom nor his parents have seen Marilyn's "family:" her adopted Uncle Herman, Aunt Lily, son Eddie and Grandpa Munster.
Herman isn't thrilled with idea. "If there is anything that is disturbs me, Lily, it's the idea of grown people like us dressing up in costumes and looking ridiculous," says the Frankenstein-like father of this ghoulish-looking family.
The night of party comes and Herman wins first prize after he doffs his King Arthur helmet and has "another costume underneath." Of course, that's the real Herman but nobody knows that but the family....and Lily is furious.
This was a solid introductory show for the family, laying the foundation for the kinds of jokes that were going to be used the next two years. Mainly, that centered around them looking at themselves as normal while normal-looking people look ugly to them!
As a sidebar, I enjoyed watching the baby-sitter, Mrs. Morton (Mabel Albertson), almost get freaked out by the things she saw and heard in the house. It was also fun to see things from the '60s such as expressions of the day and people doing "The Twist" at the party.
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