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The Night the House Caught Fire 



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Episode credited cast:
John Monroe
Joan Hotchkis ...
Ellen Monroe
Lydia Monroe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fire Chief
Roy Monroe (as Bill Corcoran)
Ken Greenwald ...
Fireman #2
Ralph Montgomery ...
Fireman #1
Little John


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13 October 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Childhood tales
10 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

The episode opens with John (William Windom) walking toward the animated house and making funny quips on his observations on life. His daughter Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen) is in bed with a bad cold. He sits down with his sketch pad and tells her the story of the "Unicorn in the Garden", closely drawn from James Thurber's original work. The popular Thurber cartoon is about a man who tells his wife he sees a unicorn in their garden. She threatens to call to have him taken away to a mental institution. When they come he manages to have his wife taken away by flipping the tables. The moral is that you can't judge people so harshly for being different than you. John feels Lydia missed the lesson and tells her another story of when his house caught fire when he was a little boy. His elderly Great- Grandfather Skinner (Douglas Fowley), who thinks the Civil War is still active, is visiting the family. His mother (Joan Hotchkis) is paranoid that the house will catch fire. When she sees what is actually steam from her John's cold treatment, she thinks it is smoke and rouses the entire house yelling fire. The fire chief (Three Stooges' Joe Besser) axes through the front door and Grandpa thinks it is a Rebel attack. Whose to say crazy behavior means you truly are crazy?

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