Maynard attempts to overcome his aversion to w-o-r-k by taking a job at the Army, Navy & Civilian Surplus Store where he is assigned the impossible task of selling the overstock on grotesque Confucius statues with clocks in their bellies.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sheila James Kuehl ...
Zelda Gilroy (as Sheila James)
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (as Stephen Franken)
Joey Faye ...
Richard Reeves ...
Officer Sam Parmalee
Blossom Kenney


Dobie working at the grocery store to earn enough money to buy his father a nice birthday gift brings up Maynard's irrational fear of anything associated with work, even the mention of it. Dobie and Herbert feel they need to help Maynard get over this fear. As nothing else seems to have worked, they believe they have to throw Maynard into the deep end by helping him get an actual job. Answering a job ad, Maynard does end up getting a job as a salesman at an Army & Navy surplus. The store's latest problem, the one that they hired Maynard to focus on, is how to get rid of the overabundance of ugly Confucius statue clocks they have on hand. As they are not going to sell themselves, Dobie tries to give Maynard a secret helping hand by getting their friends to go into the store in disguise to buy several of the clocks. Unwittingly, this action not only has an effect on Herbert's birthday, but his Christmas and his pocketbook as well. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

15 November 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based upon the common expression that someone has a face that could stop a clock. In the play/movie Harvey (1950) the mystical rabbit had the ability to stop a clock and allow his friend (James Stewart) to tarry as much as he pleased since time had literally stopped. See more »


Dobie Gillis: Yes, sir, Maynard got that job. And he did it the hard way, by selling himself. I mean, let's face it: if you can sell Maynard, you can sell anything.
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Written by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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