Mr. Pomfritt assigns an essay addressing a big question: "Whither are we drifting?" Dobie and Maynard mull the question and their uncertain futures in an atypical episode that is more thoughtful than humorous.


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Mary-Robin Redd ...
Betty Jean Millhausen
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As one final assignment before the senior class graduation, Mr. Pomfritt asks his English class to write an essay on the theme, "Whither are we drifting". In asking the question, Mr. Pomfritt not only wants to know what his students want to be when they "grow up", but what they see happening in their future, immediate or otherwise. This assignment hits Dobie hard as although he has thought about such a question before, he has never been able to to come up with an answer, which seems to be more important now on this immediate milestone of graduation. He and Maynard discuss the topic to no end, Maynard who uses jokes to hide the fact that he too is scared of not knowing what his future holds. Dobie, in turn, jokes that his and Maynard's future may be another year of high school if they can't complete the assignment. So will Dobie be able to figure out an answer to Mr. Pomfritt's satisfaction? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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24 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the few episodes that includes a scene filmed outdoors, when Dobie and Maynard are walking through town talking about their future. They pass the Electronics store, the bus station, Happy Harry's Lunch Room, the gas station, Johnson's Transfer Company and the City Lumber Company. Also, Dobie changes his shirt after they sit in wet paint, Maynard does not. See more »


References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Written by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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