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Dan's Parents 

Dan's extremely rustic parents come to visit him in Manhattan, embarrassing him all night until he disowns them.



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Episode cast overview:
Selma Diamond ...
Daddy Bob Elmore
Mucette Elmore
Maurice Marsac ...
John C. Becher ...
Judge Tallon


Dan's extremely rustic parents come to visit him in Manhattan, embarrassing him all night until he disowns them.

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10 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Dan's real name is "Reinhold Fielding Elmore." He changed it to "Daniel Fielding" when he went to law school because he was embarrassed by his rural roots. The series creator is Reinhold Weege. See more »


Toward the end, when Dan's parents are in Harry's office, the muffler hanging from Dan's father's neck alternates between being inside and outside his coat. See more »


[after Dan has made up with his parents]
Dan Fielding: Hey listen, everybody, after work what say we go out and get some real food?
Court Clerk MacIntosh 'Mac' Robinson: Real food?
Dan Fielding: Yeah, I know this 24-hour Creole place over on Lexington. They got chicken feet.
Bob Elmore: No!
Dan Fielding: Yeah, I go there quite a lot.
[off everyone's looks]
Dan Fielding: Yes, I eat chicken feet. And I *like* it.
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References Ma and Pa Kettle (1949) See more »

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John & Jeanette
26 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though Dan said his parents were deceased, they suddenly show up. They're poor farmers from backwoods Louisiana, and the snobbish Dan can't tolerate them, despite their being proud of his success.

This isn't necessarily a good story idea (movies and TV have a miserable history of treating "hicks" disrespectfully), * but here it's done properly.

Someone had the brilliant insight to cast John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan as Dan's parents. Married for over 50 years in real life, they had long careers -- separately and together -- as great character actors.

Though there are plenty of laughs (some of them at the parents' expense), the situation is treated seriously, with the story moving seamlessly from comic to dramatic and back again. (Few sitcoms have been able to do this.)

Perhaps the best moment occurs when Harry criticizes Dan for his ingratitude. Dan's father replies "We never expected him to be grateful. You don't do things for others because you want something in return. That's not love." Dan and his folks patch things up without the least trace of mawkishness or sentimentality.

Strongly recommended.

* The exceptions can be counted on the fingers of one hand, with a few left over. Andy Taylor. Festus Haggen. Any others? I don't think so.

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