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Old 04-03-2018, 03:36 PM   #16
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Kearns. As one of the original characters, he defined the Mr. Wilson role and ran with it from temperament to expressions.
Now that said, Gale Gordon was funny. I thought there were many occasions during the fourth season that not only was he funnier than Dennis, he also could be more likable, especially in the cat catcher episode when Dennis came across as a huge brat. And if you watch the fourth season without comparing it to the first three (i.e. taking the show at face value and not thinking about who is no longer there), some of the episodes are really enjoyable.
But the fourth season was crippled by the fact that Dennis inevitably was growing up and some of the nonsensical plots that worked in earlier seasons just would not work by then. I have caught myself wondering more than once how the fourth season would have transpired if Joseph Kearns had lived (a few years ago, I started a thread about what fourth-season episodes would and would not have worked with either Mr. Wilson). Kearns died just as Dennis was starting to mature, forcing the brass' hand to either cancel the series or transform it dramatically for what turned out be its final season.
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Joseph Kearns kept the show going..... He was perfect for the role other than not looking like the cartoon character...... Worked great though.... I did love Gale Gordon in season 3 where he was thought to be a witch doctor... Wish that episode was an hour long. Could have done so much more with it.....
I don't know how much more they could have done with it. That episode didn't really belong in Season 3 because the cast all but acknowledged George and Martha were gone for good (by this time, George was barely referred to and everybody acted like John was there to stay), nor did it belong in Season 4 because Dennis was still in his overalls and there were a couple nods to the house still belonging to George and Martha. I always felt like that episode was the show telling the audience "we'll be back for another season, but try to forget the first Mr. Wilson."
To me, that episode is on an island all by itself and as far as I'm concerned, Community Picnic is the real finale not only for Season 3 but for the first era of the show.
The only other thing the producers could have done to wrap up Season 3 was give Martha a proper farewell. But with George gone, there was no way to properly transition from the first Wilsons to the second.

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