On a calm Summer day, Sade and Russel share some lazy conversation. Topics meander from Christmas to their sleeping neighbor, Mr Donahue. Vic arrives in a burst of energy with important lodge news. Visiting dignitaries are coming to town, and Vic recruits Russel in memorizing opassages of greeting from his lodge manuals. Sade gathers Vics robe, and he has to rush off to manage the rest on his own. Will they be able to return to their lazy front porch swing again? Especially after all that excitement?
On a hot Summer day, the Gook family all try to stay cool. Russel is all for a dip in the pool down at the Y, but Sade whips out her arsenal of reasons to not go. She sends him on an errand to the store for a few kitchen essentials.
Vic has an important letter from his Kitchenware company. What amazing news does he have from his boss? Sade is less than interested, and Russel is forced to re-read the opening lines over and over again, due to the interuptions of Vic and Sade. Sade sees Vic’s shortening patience at having his letter not be read, but I suppose she doesn’t feel that her comments of lacking interest aren’t as rude. Not to mention poor Russel, who has to read the same opening words at his parents rude interuptions. A call from Ruthie Stembottom is the thing to break the rising emotions, but in the end we’re right where we entered.
When he hears of Sade’s lack of mechanical knowledge of how her washing machine operates, Vic sets out to impress us all with his expert mechanical prowess. Fortunately, Uncle Fletcher visits to save us all from the boastful tirade. Though Summer vacation is in full swing, Fletcher can’t get it that Russel doesn’t have school in the morning. Instead, he’s full of amazing, and absurd stories. Fletcher is especially proud of his new job in performing the Deadman’s Trick. Just what is the Deadman’s Trick? Listen and learn of the mysterious thing that Fletcher assumes that everybody should know and be impressed by.
Why does the trick need to be performed at midnight? Why does it need to be cold, and blustery? I’m not sure, but then I’m not sure why Fletcher is wishing everybody goodnight, when it’s the middle of the day
It’s dinnertime in the small house halfway up the next block, and Russel arrives late. Though Vic is in high spirits, Sade thinks the boy is acting like the King of Peoria in his precocious behavior. Russel had better have a good excuse to soothe Sade’s attitude, and he does. He’s to start a new job.
Listen in as Russel tells Vic all about the details of his job as an algebra tutor. What kind of money will it lead to? Isn’t algebra one of Russel’s least favorite subjects? You’re sure to scream like a panther when you listen in to all the fun.
Two months have passed since the season closed, and Gildersleeve was left at the altar by Leila Ransom. For this first show of the season, we find him trying to relax at a resort. With wartime rationing and shortages, he is a rare, single male who gets the attention of all the old biddies in the hotel. Gildy is so dejected that he pulls the plug on Leroy and Marjories fun.
With bickering kids added to the mix, Gildersleeves seeks solitude at the lake where he meets a very nice lady. Is she the woman of his dreams? The one who might help him to stay longer and relax? A courtship seems to be building, but some tender moments just can’t last. In the end Judge Hooker calms down Gildersleeves with a promise of a relaxing round of golf. Relaxation flies out the window when Gildersleeve finds out who the rest of the golf partners are to be.
Title: Further Information Concerning a Secret Mission.
Its the weekend on the dairy ranch, and a large part of the family has returned for festivities. Cliff goes for a swim with his twin sister, Claudia. She shares about a letter from Nick, and her loneliness. Plans have been made to fly to meet him in New England. Cliff tells about his wonderful outlook of America, the great country that it is, and his physical fitness from working on the dairy farm.
Arrangements are made to watch Claudia’s children in her travels. Ma stops by the swimming hole, but not for a swim. Just to enjoy the scenery. What’s the latest news from Jack, and his progress at parachute school? Upbeat talk of the watermellon contest is shared. Dan seems to be good with all the kids at the picnic, but is he a hit with Hazel? Probably more than she lets on. Betty shares a few tearful words of how she misses her hubby, Jack.
Pa and margret walk down the path, approaching the group, but not quite there. We join themn as Margret asks the age old question of where she came from. How will Pa respond? Will he try to push it off onto Margret’s mom, or will he be brave enough to tackle it?
Title: Thanksgiving at the Dairy Ranch.
The house is full of all the usual Thanksgiving treats, and to clear the work taking place in the kitchen, the family is bannished to the front yard. The Barbers tak role call of their members. Henry and ma Barber. Paul, Cliff and more. The clan does cheers for Hazel and Irene, who are putting the finnishing touches on the meal.
Claudia Barber Lacey. Eric and Betty Barber. Teddy Barber. Little Henry (Hank), Rosemarie, Joan, and other kids.? Missing is Nick, Tracy Baker who are serving their country. After a prayer of silence, the family breaks off into groups of three. The groups hike the surrounding land, enjoying the natural beauty of the place.
Father Barber, the grandfather of the clan walks and talks about his observations of the familhy. Who has been doiung well, and has a good future ahead of them? Who might have made better decisions? Kids take the serious conversation away as they show off their finds of frogs and tadpoles.
Being the first half, the show cuts off. Holy cow, and before we could share in all those tasty treats from the kitchen.
Audio is OK, but gets a little staticky at times. The monolog inclueds income tax cuts, Presidential candidates, Sports, and Hawaii joining the union. Announcer, Hy Everback lends his vocal tallents to accent this last point in a style similar to Fred Allen talking with Senator Claghorn. Trudy Irwin sings, Ain’t You Ever Coming Back.
Jokes turn towards National Parks, plans to go on vacation, reports from someone returning from a vacation. Good times… bad times… was it worth it?
The housing shortage is the topic of jokes to introduce the sketch. Making due with creative living arrangements, Jack and his newlywed wife look at buying a house. Troubles with getting little house for the big bucks, securing a loan, and working with a contractor. Will the veteran be able to simply rent, rather than using his GI benefits? The Jerry Fielding orchestra plays an arrangement of, The Arkansas Traveller.
Women’s fashions, and the lowering hemlines introduce a debate between two women to argue for longer, or shorter dresses. Catty comments ensue. Can Jack keep control of the debate, or will he end up a target?
It’s Sunday morning, and the Blooms are on their way to their long planned picnic. As the girls chatter happily, Papa seems a little grumpy. What could go wrong on such a perfect day?Weather? Travel troubles? Some other mishap? Some things just can’t be planned for, but how boring would life be if everything went the way we wanted it to?
Sade is on the phone with Mrs Stembottom, who is having a personal crisis. As Sade tries to calm her down, she gets interupted by Orville Sweenie. Her advice to Orville ends when Rush enters in a bad mood. It seems that he has been thrown out of the Bijou Theater. Sade understands, and relates how upset Ruthie Stembottom was on her phone call earlier. Does the Summer thunderstorms have something to do wit the dark moods? Vic has his own trouble when he can’t find an important business document. His boss, Mr Rubish is blaming Vic for its loss, though it may have been his own fault. Uncle Fletcher enters and tells how he’s giving his landlady 6 months notice before he moves out. What kind of offense has she caused him?
All the guys brood
over their troubles, all except for Orville. Sade thinks their problems are all ridiculous. Rush wants to sue the picture show for his embarrassment at being tossed out. Sade tries to calm down Vic from arguing with his boss, and Fletcher from having harsh words with his landlady. Has he been careless with his hyena grease? Sade lends an ear to let Fletcher vent over other abuses from Miss Keller, and wierd dreams he has had. Does she stick by her guns that it’s all just part of mid Summer madness? Vic just wants to go outside and eat worms.
Uncle Fletcher talks about the demise of various friends he once knew, as if to set the tone for the dark mood everyone’s in. Ruthie phones back, and Sade’s perky conversation clashes with the somber mood. A trend is begun as a phone call for Rush comes in to make amends for his incident in the Bijou. Vic’s mood does a turn arund when his boss calls to make peace, and a power business lunch is arranged. Will Fletcher respond the same when Miss Keller phones in? It appears the mid Summer showers have ended as the sunshine breaks through.