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Everybody Needs a Brother 

"Everybody Needs a Brother" is an episode of The Courtship of Eddie's Father starring Bill Bixby, Miyoshi Umeki, and James Komack. Eddie wants a brother. After Tom tells Eddie how long it took for him to come along after he first met Helen, Eddie is despondent as it's going to take a long time for his brother to ... See full summary »

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... Tom Corbett
... Mrs. Livingston
... Norman Tinker
... Eddie Corbett
Kristina Holland ... Tina Rickles
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Mark Antony Van der Nagel ... Jerry Riley
Brandon Williams ... Steve Riley
Jeff Williams ... Mike Riley
Tiger Williams ... Lester Riley
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Eddie wants a brother. After Tom tells Eddie how long it took for him to come along after he first met Helen, Eddie is despondent as it's going to take a long time for his brother to materialize and Tom will be really old by then. Tom is worried by Eddie's fixation, especially after Eddie makes up an imaginary brother playmate, "Tommy". Tom does not approve of Tommy because it masks the reality of not really having what Eddie wants. Eddie decides to take matters into his own hands and negotiates with his friend Steve, of who Eddie is jealous since Steve has four brothers and another one on the way. Eddie trades some of his possessions, including his aquarium, for Steve's yet unborn baby sibling. Tom obviously stops the negotiations and has a chat with Eddie about the realities of having another child. Tom, who really would like to get married again and have another child, thinks an ideal solution would be for Eddie to "adopt" a needy child through the Concerned Parent's Plan. Written by Huggo

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17 March 1971 (USA)  »

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Best Friend (Theme song)
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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