After twenty-four years of marriage, Herbert is finally able to take Winnie on a honeymoon - the honeymoon they never had - with a little extra money earned at the store. With no extra money beyond that, Herbert can't, or won't, give Dobie the money for dance lessons, or Davey, who is home from college, the money for golf lessons each requests, both who vow that the lessons are for the economic benefit not only for himself but for the family. Other factors come into play, but most specifically Herbert being asked to sign his will by his lawyer makes him reflect upon not only on his mortality but how little he believes he has been able to accomplish in his life, especially in the way that he has run the store, which he now begins to feel is no legacy for his offspring. Herbert doesn't tell anyone what he is feeling, so he has to figure out how to get out of this funk. Conversely, others may be able do something inadvertently to accomplish the same goal. Written by
This episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis is one of my favorites. It starts with Dobey's older brother Davey (played by his real-life older brother Darryl Hickman) being home from school between semesters, and he is just as much a pain in the neck for father Herbert Gillis as other son Dobie is.
First - Dobie wants money from his dad for cha-cha lessons. Mr. Gillis refuses the money and says instead he'll be glad to teach Dobie 'the Kangaroo Jump' ("the dance with which I won your mother's heart") Dobie is dumbfounded at this suggestion and refuses it. He leaves to go bring people to have his dad demonstrate the Kangaroo Jump - at 25 cents per person paid to Dobie. First he returns with Maynard G. Krebs who gets a demonstration of the dance from Mr. Gillis, and says 'Like wow Dobe, I'll never doubt you again! Here's your quarter' and gives Dobie a quarter. When Mr. Gillis realizes that Dobie intends to raise money for cha-cha lessons a quarter at a time by having him demonstrate his 'Kanagroo Jump' he puts a quick end to the plan.
Next, late-rising older brother Davey (home from college during a semester break) comes down from his bedroom and after some give and take with his dad about his school classes, Mr. Gillis mentions that he offered to teach Dobie 'the Kangaroo Jump' and the exchange goes like this:
Davey: The Kangaroo Jump?! You're kidding!
Mr. G: Watch what you say - that's the dance with which I won your mother's heart!
Davey: I just meant it's a very amusing dance, that's all.
Mr. G: (surprised) Where did you learn about the Kangaroo Jump?
Davey: At college.
Mr. G: At college! Oh boy, wait til Dobie hears that they're doing the Kangaroo Jump at college!
Davey: Yeah, I took Folk Dancing last year!
Mr. G flips over the fact that that his beloved dance is considered 'folk dancing'. The dialog really moves and it's very comical.
Anyhow - in this episode, Mr. Gillis is afraid to sign his will because he thinks it will seal his fate, and his sons will never survive if he dies and isn't there to support them. He takes a nap and has a dream that he's passed away and his sons have taken over his grocery store - yet despite the most ridiculous ideas being put in place (such as free cha-cha lessons for the lady customers and an honor-system cash register) the store is making far more money without him than it ever did when he was running it.
It's a great episode, and Darryl Hickman as brother Davey is a welcome visitor to the cast.
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