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Mary's Little Lambs
aired: Thu, Jun 8, 1961
Mary decides to host a Saturday nursery school to earn extra money. But, her father wants to sleep late on Saturday morning, unaware of the chaos at hand.
aired: Thu, Jun 1, 1961
Alex decides to grow a mustache, but Donna is not pleased.
Mary's Driving Lesson
aired: Thu, May 25, 1961
Scotty, who's sweet on Mary, agrees to teach her how to drive. Will their romantic friendship last through the course?
aired: Thu, May 18, 1961
When Herbie suggests his friend Ken go to the dance with them, Mary decides not to go. But, when she sees Ken in full uniform from the Military Academy, she of course has a change of heart.
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
aired: Thu, May 11, 1961
The school bully makes fun of Jeff being in the choir, so Jeff starts "pumping iron".
Jeff, the Treasurer
aired: Thu, May 4, 1961
Jeff is elected class Treasurer and the funds are missing...can Jeff find the missing money in time?
For Better or Worse
aired: Wed, Apr 26, 1961
A story about every married couple's dilemma: what decisions can a husband make on his own?
Let's Look at Love
aired: Wed, Apr 19, 1961
Mary is angry when she learns two boys tossed a coin to see who would take her to the dance, she swears off boys.
Music Hath Charms
aired: Wed, Apr 12, 1961
Donna and Alex remember their honeymoon and the musical tobacco jar for Alex. When the jar is broken, they all search down identical replacements.
Merry Month of April
aired: Wed, Apr 5, 1961
Income tax time, Alex decides to save money and prepare his own taxes this year rather than have Harvey do it.
Donna's Helping Hand
aired: Wed, Mar 29, 1961
Dr. Steinhaus is retiring as the head of the Board of Health & Donna thinks Alex should get the position.
Mary's Heart Throb
aired: Thu, Mar 23, 1961
While babysitting for the Damons, Mary meets their older son Rick, who has dropped out of college because he wasn't accepted into a fraternity. He plans to join the Foreign Legion with Mary's help.
The Poodle Parlor
aired: Wed, Mar 15, 1961
Donna and her friend consider opening a fancy poodle parlor.Their husbands think the whole idea is ludicrous which make the ladies all the more determined to succeed.
Aunt Belle's Earrings
aired: Thu, Mar 9, 1961
Alex's Aunt Belle has come for a visit and resumes her relationship with Oliver Greavey. But, when the relationship soon turns sour, can a pair of earrings bring them back together?
Tony Martin Visits
aired: Thu, Mar 2, 1961
While driving through Hilldale, Tony Martin is arrested for speeding. In court, Tony sees Donna fighting a parking meter violation and insisting on a jury trial rather than pay a $2 fine. Tony decides to ask for a jury trial, too.
The Busy People
aired: Thu, Feb 23, 1961
Donna signs her & Alex up for painting lessons.
The Geisha Girl
aired: Thu, Feb 16, 1961
The new doctor is married to a Japanese Geisha girl and Donna attempts to "Americanize" her.
Trip to Nowhere
aired: Thu, Feb 9, 1961
After Jeff complains that there's nothing to do, Donna decides to take Jeff and Mary camping.
Donna Directs a Play
aired: Thu, Feb 2, 1961
Donna fills in for the director of Mary's drama group.
The Stones Go to Hollywood
aired: Thu, Jan 26, 1961
Alex needs to go to Hollywood for a work trip, so the whole family takes the opportunity to go along to see Hollywood.
Variations On a Theme
aired: Thu, Jan 19, 1961
The piano becomes a "parking lot" with everyone dropping belongings on it, like books, the newspaper, so Alex decides to sell it.
The World's Greatest Entertainer
aired: Thu, Jan 12, 1961
The family needs to build up Jeff's spirits, so when he does mediocre imitations of movie stars he gets all the family's praise and decides to participate in the school talent show!
aired: Thu, Jan 5, 1961
When Donna's letter-to-the-editor gets published, it prompts Donna to follow through herself.
Lean and Hungry Look
aired: Thu, Dec 29, 1960
Donna can't fit into the dress she bought a few months ago, so she decides it's time to exercise and diet the extra pounds off!
Someone Is Watching
aired: Thu, Dec 22, 1960
Jeff wants a motor scooter like Gordie, but when Gordie drives his scooter into a tree, he winds up faking an injury convincing the Stone family to take care of him.
Donna Goes to a Reunion
aired: Thu, Dec 15, 1960
Donna attends her College reunion.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
aired: Thu, Dec 8, 1960
Mary is so indecisive, always asking her mother about what clothes to wear or which boys to date. When Mary and her friends get into money troubles at the Flamingo Club, that's when Mary makes the right decision.
The Model Daughter
aired: Thu, Dec 1, 1960
Mary goes to a session at Taffy Cinders Charm School and wins a scholarship to learn how to be a model.
It Only Hurts When I Laugh
aired: Thu, Nov 24, 1960
The tables are turned as Alex becomes a hospital patient.
Never Marry a Doctor
aired: Thu, Nov 17, 1960
The Stones' cleaning lady's baby is sick and her husband lost his job due to illness. Donna hires the husband to do odd jobs in their house, but now the twenty dollars for Mrs. Cruikshank's charity is missing. Could the handyman be a thief?
aired: Thu, Nov 10, 1960
Jeff has scored in the "genius" category on the school I.Q. test and it's suggested that Jeff go away to a school for higher learning.
aired: Thu, Nov 3, 1960
Worried Anyone? Like, are we worried about Mary riding in Scotty's car?
aired: Thu, Oct 27, 1960
Mary is enamored with the new boy at school, because he reminds her of what her dad must have been like as a teenager.
How the Other Half Lives
aired: Thu, Oct 20, 1960
Mary's friend Ginny lives in a mansion with a maid, a tennis court, and swimming pool. What can Mary do to impress Ginny, when she's invited to stay at the Stones house for the weekend?
The Love Letter
aired: Thu, Oct 6, 1960
Nick, the handyman is still learning English, so he asks Jeff for help write a love letter to his girlfriend. Mary finds the letter in Jeff's handwriting and thinks Jeff has a new romance.
aired: Thu, Sep 29, 1960
Donna tries to redecorate the house, but neighbor boy Dennis Mitchell (Jay North) tries to help her...and ends up making things more of a mess.
The Mystery Woman
aired: Thu, Sep 22, 1960
A stranger spots Donna and Mary having lunch, so she stops to say hello. She recognizes Donna, but Donna doesn't recognize her. Later, Donna must find out who this mystery woman was.
aired: Thu, Sep 15, 1960
The Stone family wants to get away for the weekend.
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aired: Sat, Jun 18, 1960
Jeff wants to keep a cat that followed him home, so can Harry the Cat stay? The Stone family will decide by using the democratic process.
The Wedding Present
aired: Fri, Jun 10, 1960
Aunt Lettie is coming to visit, so Donna and Alex try to find the wedding present she gave them so she would be certain to see it. It would help if they could just remember what it was! And by the way, Alex, can Donna buy a $250 Porcelain Dresden figurine?
Love's Sweet Awakening
aired: Thu, Jun 2, 1960
Sixteen- year-old Petie is home from military school and visiting the Stone family. Petie and Mary have been friends for years, but seeing how beautiful Mary has become, he would now like to be more than just friends. As Alex puts it, "springtime has come to Petie!" How can Petie catch Mary's eye?
aired: Thu, May 26, 1960
Donna tells Emily, the town gossip, that Kay Watson is having a baby. Then Donna learns from Alex that Kay is keeping it a secret so that she can stay working longer. Donna is crushed, knowing that she may have let Kay's secret out.
The First Time We Met
aired: Thu, May 19, 1960
Donna and Alex have different stories about how they first met. Also Donna plays matchmaker to a new doctor in town and a pretty nurse at the hospital.
aired: Thu, May 12, 1960
Mary vows not to go to the school dance unless Ellen has a date for the dance. Ellen is rather plain so Mary goes to work to transform Ellen into a glamorous young lady.
Jeff, the Financial Genius
aired: Thu, May 5, 1960
Jeff gets involved in a series of trades with his friends in order to repay a debt.
Alex Runs the House
aired: Thu, Apr 21, 1960
Jeff is away at his grandparents' farm, and Donna misses him so much that Alex convinces her to join Jeff at the farm. Can Alex manage the household in Donna's absence?
Mary's Growing Pains
aired: Thu, Apr 14, 1960
Mary becomes infatuated with a new intern at the hospital.
Pickles for Charity
aired: Thu, Apr 7, 1960
While Alex was the "belle of the ball" with his fantastic dancing at the Woman's Medical Auxiliary Dance, the dance cost more to produce than the income from ticket sales provided. Each member agrees to contribute $27 using her skills in moneymaking to make up the budget shortfall. Donna will sell 54 jars of her famous pickle recipe at fifty cents per jar and donate the money to the Auxiliary. Will Donna's plan work?
The Perfect Pitch
aired: Thu, Mar 24, 1960
Donna makes Jeff take trumpet lessons when she discovers he has perfect pitch. Jeff would rather be on the track team.
The Fatal Leap
aired: Thu, Mar 17, 1960
Alex's wild room-mate from college is getting married, and Alex is invited to the bachelor party. Donna doesn't like this idea at all.
The Gentle Dew
aired: Thu, Mar 10, 1960
Alex lays down the law when Jeff and Mary slack off on their responsibilities at home and their schoolwork. Now Alex is furious when it appears that Mary didn't come home from a bowling date with Roger on time.
aired: Thu, Mar 3, 1960
Jeff is named Editor of the school newspaper, and his first action is to write a negative editorial about homework.
A Night to Howl
aired: Thu, Feb 25, 1960
Donna and Alex decide to shake up their daily routine by going out on the town...and on a Monday night, no less! Nothing works out the way they planned.
A Place to Go
aired: Sun, Dec 18, 1960
Jeff and his friends get into trouble when they are discovered using an abandoned house as a hang-out. This prompts Donna and the other mothers to create a nice meeting place for the children.
The First Quarrel
aired: Thu, Feb 11, 1960
Donna gets involved in a couple's spat.
The Free Soul
aired: Thu, Feb 4, 1960
Alex's Uncle Dan takes a break from traveling all over the world. Jeff likes the idea of going to Alaska, Saudi Arabia, Malaya, Australia, and doing whatever he wants, just like Uncle Dan. Jeff decides to join him. Will Donna and Alex allow him to go? Would you believe, yes?
Just a Housewife
aired: Tue, Jan 28, 1969
The radio show "Housewives Corner" is broadcast from McClure's Market. Host Jerry Parker is asking the ladies if housewives find questions like "While baking an upside down cake, do yourecommend standing on your head?" This presents an opportunity for Donna to defend homemakers like herself as being a bit more than "just a housewife"!
The New Mother
aired: Thu, Jan 21, 1960
Little David Barker is very excited. His father is getting married and he hopes this means he can leave military school and live in a real home, but things don't work out the way David thought they would.
aired: Thu, Jan 14, 1960
Mary gets an engagement ring and phone calls from Matt, a freshman at UCLA, but doesn't tell anyone in the family about the ring or why Matt is calling. So what's going on? As Donna says, "Alex, our daughter has a secret."
The Broken Spirit
aired: Thu, Jan 7, 1960
Suddenly Jeff is acting like the model child. Donna thinks it is due to the scolding Alex gave him, but the truth is that Jeff feels responsible for an elderly neighbor's fall down the stairs.
The Lucky Girl
aired: Thu, Dec 31, 1959
Lately all Donna has been hearing is how wonderful Alex is, and how lucky she is to be his wife. After a while this gets Donna to wondering if what people really mean is that Alex got the short end of the stick by marrying Donna.
The Homecoming Dance
aired: Thu, Dec 24, 1959
To ease their minds about Mary having a blind date with a college man, Donna and Alex chaperone at Homecoming.
A Difference of Opinion
aired: Thu, Dec 17, 1959
Donna gets cornered into accepting an invitation from a couple that neither she nor Alex really care for. Alex refuses to go, sparking an argument that they try to keep quiet from the children.
aired: Thu, Dec 10, 1959
Dilemma in the Stone household: How to discipline the children without having Donna look like a villian by meting out the punishments, or having Donna look like a squealer when Alex does .
Jeff Joins a Club
aired: Thu, Dec 3, 1959
Jeff finds out the reason why he wasn't made a member of a club: He is friends with a boy no one else likes.
All Mothers Worry
aired: Thu, Nov 26, 1959
Jeff's friend, Phillip, has a problem. He wants to play football, but his mother is over-protective and won't let him.
Flowers for the Teacher
aired: Thu, Nov 19, 1959
Jeff's class has a new teacher, Miss McGuinness. The boys in particular complain that she is too strict, so Donna meets with the new teacher to get matters settled.
Nothing Like a Good Book
aired: Thu, Nov 12, 1959
Donna mistakenly accepts an invitation to 'culture vulture' Lydia Langley's cocktail party, at which Lydia mentions that she also conducts a book discussion group. She goads Donna into joining it and then reporting on Tolstoy's "War and Peace" at her first meeting. Donna then attempts to immerse the whole family in culture, by buying Jeff a Dickens book, Mary a Tchaikovsky record, and a copy of Tolstoy's epic for her and Alex to read together. She then tries to read the lengthy novel in a week...
The Neighborly Gesture
aired: Thu, Nov 5, 1959
Alex is hurt that Jeff likes the new neighbor.
aired: Thu, Oct 29, 1959
Mary wants to meet a boy, so she talks Jeff into going to his kid sister's party.
The First Child
aired: Thu, Oct 22, 1959
Alex must contend with overly anxious new parents who constantly call him in a state of panic, thinking that there is something wrong with their baby.
A Friend Indeed
aired: Thu, Oct 15, 1959
Jeff's 'friend' Doug keeps getting him into trouble at school, and Jeff silently takes the blame for him because he knows Doug's mother constantly picks on him and wonders why he can't be more like Jeff, who behaves like an innocent cherub at their house.One day when Dr. Alex is at Doug's house, he witnesses Doug's mother berating Doug unfairly, so Donna invites Doug's mother over just before Mary and Jeff get home from school so she can be there to see Jeff's behavior at home. Doug's mother learns that Jeff is obnoxious to his sister, loud, and unruly at home (just like any other adolescent boy) and all ends well when Doug arrives and his mother sees that he too, is just like any other boy, but knows when to be polite in somebody else's house.
A Penny Earned
aired: Thu, Oct 8, 1959
Donna has trouble deciding whether or not buy a new dress.
Sleep No More My Lady
aired: Thu, Oct 1, 1959
Donna is too excited to sleep because Alex is giving a speech at a convention. While trying to sleep on the plane Alex gives Donna a tranquilizer to help her sleep.
That's Show Business
aired: Thu, Sep 24, 1959
Kenny, a short, shy boy who stutters, wants to drop out of the school show. To improve his confidence, Mary gives him a "lucky" penny, and convinces him to stay in the show. But Mary is miserable now that she is partnered with the shorter Kenny in a dance number, so she convinces him to wear shoes with lifts with disasterous results.
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aired: Wed, Jun 3, 1959
Alex collects money Jeff owes.
Advice to Young Lovers
aired: Wed, May 27, 1959
Mary gets advice on how to handle love.
Tomorrow Comes Too Soon
aired: Wed, May 20, 1959
Donna wants a day alone without kids. But are she and Alex ready for that?
Miss Lovelace Comes to Tea
aired: Thu, May 14, 1959
A housekeeper is hired by the Stones while Donna is busy managing the Have a Heart Hilldale campaign.
aired: Mon, May 11, 1959
Donna plans a testimonial for the retiring Dr. Jason. Problem is that he really doesn't want to retire yet.
The Grateful Patient
aired: Wed, Apr 29, 1959
Alex takes advantage of a tip on the market.
Do You Trust Your Child?
aired: Wed, Apr 22, 1959
Donna gives advice on how raise children, and then she is sorely tested to follow her own advice when it comes to Mary dating an intense boy named Leonard whose family is addicted to early elopements.
aired: Wed, Apr 15, 1959
Alex's roommate Biff Jameson comes to Hilldale but Alex and Donna have trouble finding out what he does for a living.
The Parting of the Ways
aired: Wed, Apr 8, 1959
The Stones campaign to help the Keplers' marriage backfires on them!
aired: Wed, Apr 1, 1959
Buzz Barry, teen singing sensation, comes to Hilldale to perform at the Civic Auditorium, but at the last minute, the show is cancelled due to Buzz getting the measles. Buzz is now holed up at the Stone residence to recover, and Mary is forbidden to tell anyone that he is staying at her home.
The Flowered Print Dress
aired: Wed, Mar 25, 1959
At a dinner party, Donna is so impressed with attentiveness shown to each other by a newlywed couple, Donna is determined that she and Alex recapture those romantic ways.
aired: Wed, Mar 18, 1959
Mary is running for class vice president, and may drive her family crazy trying to win the election.
The Ideal Wife
aired: Wed, Mar 11, 1959
Everyone praises Donna,"the ideal wife,"so much that she goes on a rampage and purposely loses her temper at people.After a day of this she regrets her tirade and apologizes to all.
Boys Will Be Boys
aired: Wed, Mar 4, 1959
David Barker is brought to Alex to be treated for rabies only to learn that student bit David.
The Report Card
aired: Wed, Feb 25, 1959
Donna feels that Jeff is just an average Student.
Love Thy Neighbor
aired: Sat, Feb 21, 1959
Donna And Alex help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Willber & Celia Wilgus only to find that Celia walked out.
Donna Plays Cupid
aired: Wed, Feb 11, 1959
Donna tries to get Bo and Celia to fall in love.
aired: Wed, Feb 4, 1959
Mary comes home from a date in tears. Donna And Alex tell 2 different stories on how they met each other on their first date.
Jeff Vs. Mary
aired: Wed, Jan 28, 1959
Jeff feels his parents love Mary more. How can Donna get him to realize that they do love him as much as Mary?
It's the Principle of the Thing
aired: Wed, Jan 21, 1959
Mr. Popkin is an overly proud man who won't let Alex treat his son until he has enough money to pay for the treatmentt. No credit or charity for him! Donna tries to help Mr. Popkin earn the money first by hiring him to do odd jobs around the house and then by marketing a toy he invented.
Nothing But the Truth
aired: Wed, Jan 14, 1959
David Barker returns to the Stones home for his birthday.
Jeff's Double Life
aired: Wed, Jan 7, 1959
After nosy neighbor Mrs. Wilgus (the inimitable Kathleen Freeman) alerts Donna and Alex about Mary having a noisy party while they were out, the kids get lectured about being the children of a doctor, and that they should behave accordingly.
Mary's Double Date
aired: Wed, Dec 31, 1958
Mary's Junior prom is coming up, She feels two boys on the football team are two possible dates to choose from. She waits until the day of the prom to decide.
A Very Merry Christmas
aired: Wed, Dec 24, 1958
Donna is fed up with how nowadays no one has the true Christmas spirit anymore. Seems like everyone is more concerned with receiving rather than giving. Her faith in mankind is restored when she discovers just who has been secretly giving the Christmas parties for the children's ward all these years.
The Busy Body
aired: Wed, Dec 17, 1958
Uncle Fred brings trouble to the Stones.
The Beaded Bag
aired: Wed, Dec 10, 1958
Donna is insulted that Alex thinks she used feminine wiles to get him to give her a beaded bag for her birthday.
The Baby Contest
aired: Wed, Dec 3, 1958
Alex is judge at a Beautiful Baby contest run by Donna's club.
Guest in the House
aired: Wed, Nov 26, 1958
An ex-patient seeks refuge at the Stones.
Dough Re Mi
aired: Wed, Nov 19, 1958
Donna tries to get a concert pianist to perform at a benefit at the same time Jeff is trying to raise money for a football tackling dummy.
Change Partners and Dance
aired: Wed, Nov 12, 1958
Mary would like George, the basketball star, to ask her to The Varsity Prom, but there are a couple of problems. First problem: George doesn't know how to dance. Second problem: George develops a crush on Donna.
Three Part Mother
aired: Wed, Nov 5, 1958
Donna tries to go to 3 places on the same night.
aired: Wed, Oct 29, 1958
A woman abandons her child at the Stones' place.
The Football Uniform
aired: Wed, Oct 22, 1958
Jeff wants a uniform for the team picture. Jeff must work for the money to buy it.
aired: Wed, Oct 15, 1958
Mary's speech about a Mother's Sacrifice brings alot of attention to Donna and leaves Alex feeling unappreciated.
aired: Wed, Oct 8, 1958
Donna uses "Girl Scout ingenuity" to prove that women are just as capable as men out in the wilderness when she takes Jeff and his friends on a camping trip.
Pardon My Gloves
aired: Wed, Oct 1, 1958
Jeff gets a black eye from a boy who mocked Donna's acting in a local play, so Donna tries to teach Jeff how to box.
aired: Fri, Sep 26, 1958
In the premiere episode, Donna hopes to get away to a ski weekend with her brood, but pediatrician husband Alex's on-call schedule makes this tricky, especially since one of his young patients, Eddie Barclay, has a mysterious illness and Alex doesn't want to leave him in the care of another doctor. Not wanting to disappoint Mary and Jeff (who are both experts at verbally matching wits and insults with one another, as any normal siblings would be), Donna takes charge of things throughout, getting another doctor to take Alex's calls and pinpointing the origins of Eddie's illness to fear of the school bully.