It’s a glimpse at the morning routine in the Foster house. Randolph’s morning excersizes, Judy beutifying her self. breakfast table conversation and conflicts. It’s such a nice that not only the kids decide to sneak away to play hookie, but so does mom and dad. Judy, in traditional drama queen form gets worried over the consequenses not only to her, but for her parents.
Judy can’t stand not having a date in three days, let alone trying to fathom her aunt not having a date in years. She kicks into high gear to bring this dry spell to an end. The matchmaking project gets an awkward start, but Judy and the family do all they can to push aunt Lily, and the local librarian together. When the adults settle into their slow, and mellow pace, Judy tries to add some pep to the situation. Can the middle-agers survive the added teenage oomph? We at least get a quick lesson on 1940’s teenage slang. Since Judy messed things up between the older couple, it’s up to her to fix the situation. If she can.
Such drama, but there’s no chance this will backfire… is there?
Randolf and Judy shop for a birthday gift for their dad. Randolf is thinking of sporting goods, but Judy is distracted by jewelry and Laungerie. They end up finding an expensive gift that is beyond their budget, so it gets charged to dad’s own charge account. Mom isn’t happy and demands an account of their shopping spree. Feeling regret, Judy plans to give the gift that money can’t buy. She plans a full day of spending time with dear old dad.
Of course, to make the day of fun happen, the kids need to have dad take time off from work. There’s only one thing to do, Judy goes to the important businessman to beg him for the day off for dad. Since dad’s day is shot, he gets to spend his day relaxing… at the amusement park? To sweeten the deal, Judy invites the old businessman so dad has someone to keep him company.
Dad can only see disaster for his future, but the fun is only startng as the two middle aged men invade the wierd world of the 1940’s teen ager. I think that dad might be popping whole rolls of the shows sponsor’s product, Tums. The crazy day has some unexpected outcomes, and the old fuddy duddies rediscover the spark of youth.
Dad is played by John Brown, a fixzture of countless radio shows including Fred Allen, Damen Runyon Theater, Mel Blanc Show, My Friend Irma, and so many more. Judy is played by Louise Erikson, Though an actual teen ager for most of the run of this show, she played teenagers all through the years to come, even as late as the cartoons of the 1960’s. Her role as a teenager named Judy was reprised as Judy Jetson.
Judy talks with dad, and her brother Randolph about writing a fan letter to her favorite movie star, Joeseph Cotton. Nobody understands her. Once she leaves, Randolph gets on the phone with a mysterious phone call. He explains to mom and dad about his prank that he has been pulling on Judy. Everytime Judy writes to Joseph Cotton, Randolph has a friend write her back.
When her latest letter comes in, Judy gushes over the phone to her friend as she shares the fake responce. Judy is ecstatic that Joseph Cotton thinks she’s photogenic, and ought to be in pictures. Later in the drugstore, imagine Judy’s surprise when she sees a man who looks just like Joeseph Cotton. She mistakes his humility for criticizing her favorite star, but he gets his fur a little ruffled when he learns of her fake pen pal letters, and especially the last one that promised a screen test. Judy rushes out before he can aske her more.
Judy finally realizes that Joeseph Cotton is in town for a Red Cross benefit, and Randolph tries to decide whether he ought to tell her about his prank.
What will Oogie say when he learns of Judy’s infatuation with the movie star?Oogi approaches Mr Foster about the penpal relationship, and is mad as he can be. Mr Foster is just relieved that he hasn’t come over to propose marriage, but when Oogie sees that he’s not being taken seriously, Oogie goes to confront the movie star
Airing his complaint to Joeseph Cotton, Joe finally reads the letters that he aledgedly wrote. Joe still doesn’t exactly come clean that he didn’t write the letters, but he goes overboard to assure Oogie that he has given up all interest in Judy. Joe has made a friend in Oogie, but when he leaves Joe is determined to find out who wrote the letters, and teach them a lesson in using his name.
At home, Randolph learns that his prank may have been found out. Another prank is pulled by her rival to make Judy think she has a date with Joeseph Cotton. Feeling bad over the extent that Judy is going through for her nonexistent date, Randolph decides to come clean, and visits Joe Cotton. The story is out, and the big Hollywood detective is called off. Feeling bad himself, Joeseph Cotton decides to go on that date with Judy.
Fast forward, and the date is over. Judy says parting words on the front porch with the famous movie star. Her romantic spell is broken when he puts her romance off, and lets her down easy by pointing her back to someone her own age.
Meanwhile, Oogie has been hiding in the bushes and is duely impressed and grateful that Joeseph Cotton did him the favor of keeping Judy interested in him.
In epilog, Randolph gets a phone call from his friend, and learns that that Hollywood detective has been at work anyway.
Connie Haines. 1944. San Fernando Valley.
Bob Hope. 1943. Soldiers Chow And Flying.
Genny Simms 1943. Somebody Loves Me.
Judy and Oogie get ready to go out to see a Frank Sinatra movie. She is infatuated with everything having to do with Frank Sinatra. Dad plays it as though he doesn’t know who Frank Sinatra is, and none of the guys think much of his power to make the ladies swoon. Oogie has second thoughts about taking Judy to the movies, but gives in. Judy swoons over the unattainable Frank as he reads his lines from the movie screen and croons a few songs.
Later, back home, Oogie leaves Judy to dream on the couch. As funny as the show is so far, the dream sequence always cracks me up when Frank and Oogie go through a role reversal. Suddenly Oogie is the unattainable icon that Judy craves, and Frank is the all too attainable boyfriend who can’t understand the power of Oogie over the ladies.
Besides the Sinatra songs, Oogie gets the chance to sing. When Judy wakes up, she comes to her senses, and appreciates Oogie a little more than before.
If Frank Sinatra ever felt his reputation with the ladies needed to be taken down to a more humble level, this is the role to do it for him. He gets to be just a regular guy for a change.