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Old 03-14-2002, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default "My Son, The Sheepdog"

I'm looking for a VHS copy of the 2/14/66 episode titled "My Son, The Sheepdog". Can anybody help me?

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Old 07-13-2015, 02:17 PM   #2
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Sorry but I have no VHS copy [nor anything to play it on these days].

However: I DO have a review of the episode.
OK, it's interesting that it starts out with the age old premise of teen rebelling even though Harold himself is barely in middle school [and Jeff seems to be even younger]. Anyway, they start a garage band to the dismay of Aunt Barbara and Hazel and Jeff's mother but it's not half bad and, somewhat realistically uses what instruments the kid performers are supposed to be playing with. Anyway,[as can happen ONLY in sitcoms], not only is this band able to get on to the local TV music talent show without any parental permission, but they somehow win the top prize and suddenly become an in demand sensation in their community [despite not even being old enough to drive].
Of course the women guardians are somewhat appalled by this but Uncle Steve and Jeff's father somewhat are oblivious to this [and Harold and Jeff's shaggy bangs] - until Harold ties up the phone way too long. In desperation, they ask Hazel how to stop it and she comes up with the idea of 'if you can't beat 'em join 'em'- and instantly the two older couples and Hazel appear to transform themselves into lazy beatniks. I know it's a sitcom but wouldn't even the dumbest kid have not bought the idea of their parents having complete personality transformations? Wouldn't they be wondering if this was a 'trap'? It might have worked better had Harold or Jeff said something like 'You just WISH you could be like US' and had that be the spur.
Of course, neither their guardians or Hazel credit the boys for actually having worked hard at their dream and become somewhat successful at it even if it wasn't what they wanted for them [and the boys were NOT lazy unlike their guardians].
One curious subplot that gets introed and goes nowhere is that, to cap off the beatnik deal, Steve is now riding a rented motorcycle 'where no one can see' him but not only does the audience never see him do this, neither do the kids ever refer to having seen him do this so what was the point ? Also, he said he blew a deal when the client got spooked by his 'motorcycle boots' but he's wearing sandals so was that a slip up by the writers or does Steve somehow think that sandals are the equivalent of motorcycle boots?

Also, the whole idea that Harold and Jeff quit the music scene [and the 'counter culture'] JUST because they're too mortified at the idea of their guardians looking like beatniks and [horrors!] having to make their own beds since Beatnik Hazel wasn't doing that . I mean Uncle Steve and Jeff's father are in their 30's and still relatively young and somewhat seem comfortable being in beatnik attire and Jeff's mother [and especially Aunt Barbara in her late 20's] seem rather fetching as beatnik 'babes'. Only Hazel in her mid 50's seems ludicrous in that get up. Humor wise, it would have worked better had it been GEORGE as a middle-aged beatnik [of course having Dorothy being conveniently out of town since Whitney Blake ALSO would have looked too attractive to have been believable as a 'beatnik embarrassment']. And, it may have been funnier had at least one of the four parents decided they LIKED being a beatnik and insisted on wearing the threads on at least a part time basis.
Anyway, it had its moments and Hazel's Ode to Berries wasn't bad.

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