A retired Marine buddy of Buck's comes to visit, and whips things into tip-top shape during Doris and Juanita's absence.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Philip Brown ...
Todd Starke ...
Toby Martin (as Tod Starke)
Lord Nelson ...
Nelson the Sheepdog
Emma Flood
Colonel John Brock


Despite Juanita being away, Doris, after Buck half jokingly states that the men can take care of themselves, decides to head to Phoenix for an unspecified amount of time to visit with her pregnant friend Louise, who needs some company since she has not yet made any friends there. Doris' absence does wreak havoc at the house as the men can't do the domestic chores on their own. That's only one reason why Buck is so happy to receive an unexpected visit from Emma Flood, a colleague and old girlfriend from the Marines. She is two days retired and stopped by on her way east. Seeing the state of the house, Emma unilateral makes the decision to stay to take care of the men. However, LeRoy, Billy, Toby and even Buck end up preferring the way things were before Emma arrived as she runs the house like she is still a Marine, as that is the only life she has ever known. Buck decides to ask Emma to leave, but changes his mind when he learns that she really has no place to go. Doris, upon her ... Written by Huggo

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4 February 1969 (USA)  »

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Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
Written by Jay Livingston (as Livingston) & Ray Evans (as Evans)
Performed by a children's chorus
Series theme song played over the end credits
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Hup To!!
20 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sweet entry in the series looks at loneliness and displacement with a comic twist.

Mary Wickes guest stars as an old friend of Denver Pyle's Buck who drops in when Doris and housekeeper Juanita are out of town and Buck and the boys have turned the house into a disaster area. Having recently been decommissioned Mary's Emma Flood takes over and soon has the household running like a tight ship, perhaps too tight since everyone is chafing under her tight rein. Before Buck gets a chance to talk to her about it she reveals that she's more or less alone in the world and glad at the chance to be useful. It's at this point that Doris returns home and while delighted at the state of the house understands the problem and happily comes up with a solution!

It's all pretty standard sitcom stuff but the subtle examination of the need to feel needed adds an extra layer to the show aided by the high quality of the cast, in particular the always wonderful Mary Wickes.

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