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A Little Help from My Friend 

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Because Mrs. Livingston has the flu, Tom asks Norman to sit for Eddie over the weekend while Tom is away on a last minute business trip to Sacramento. Also staying with Norman and Eddie at ... See full summary »

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Hal Cooper
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Episode cast overview:
Bill Bixby ... Tom Corbett
James Komack ... Norman Tinker
Brandon Cruz ... Eddie Corbett
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Rodney River Jr.
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Because Mrs. Livingston has the flu, Tom asks Norman to sit for Eddie over the weekend while Tom is away on a last minute business trip to Sacramento. Also staying with Norman and Eddie at the Corbett household is Norman's bachelor friend, Rodney River, Jr. Tom wants to make sure that Rodney is not a carousing playboy bachelor, which Norman assures him Rodney's not. In actuality, Rodney is an actuary, whose professional life spills into his personal beliefs. Rodney assesses the risk of everything he does and takes precautionary measures to reduce the risk of accident, injury, illness and any other negative issue of which he may think. He is thus also a hypochondriac. The first problem that Rodney has is the sleeping arrangement, first all the germs he thinks are in Eddie's room (the room in which he is first assigned, but later has to move since he is allergic to the goldfish food in the room), and second the narrow couch from which he thinks he may fall off of. After a half sleepless... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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English

Release Date:

9 February 1972 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The title is derived from The Beatles' song "With a Little Help from My Friends" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney released in 1967. See more »

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Best Friend (Theme song)
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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"Life is for Living"
10 May 2019 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

While Tom is away on business for the weekend, Norman babysits Eddie. Tom is leery of Norman inviting over his bachelor friend, Rodney River Jr. (Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr.). Rodney arrives as an overly careful, health-conscious, milquetoast insurance risk statistician. Rodney's fears, including a goldfish food allergy, shuffles around his sleeping spots, awakening Norman and Eddie. The next day, Eddie prepares to leave on his usual Saturday football game, but Rodney doesn't like the responsibility, stating 21.2 percent of children have a broken bone before age 10. Norman feels he must go along with Rodney and has Eddie play inside with a neighbor instead. Hours later, Norman and Rodney begin a worried dragnet when they find Eddie never showed up at his neighbor's. They reach the elevator and when the doors open they find Eddie asleep on the floor. They rush in to check on him, as he became stuck inside, and now so have all three. Rodney begins quoting grim, though unlikely statistics. Through the experience, Rodney has a chance to view himself and consider worrying may not be the best outlook for life.

Moral theme: worrying


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