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Our review of The Courtship of Eddie's Father: The Complete First Season, published October 9th, 2013, is also available.
" Rub-ba-da-buppy, Bo-bow-bye-whoops!"
All hail the beautiful souls at Warner Archives for bringing us twenty four more episodes of best friend adventures in The Courtship Of Eddie's Father: The Complete Second Season:
• "The Unbirthday Present"
Handsome, eligible widower Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby) and his youthful ward, Eddie (Brandon Cruz), are back for seconds, but there's something funny going on.
To wit: Cynthia Kurland (Lori Saunders, Petticoat Junction) of the Female Freedom Foundation approaches Tom is about doing a magazine article on Women's Liberation for Tomorrow magazine ("Just a little help to show that women are no different than men"). In order to prove her point to the doubting Thomas, Cynthia insists on pulling out chairs and opening doors for him, sending flowers and other tokens of affection to his office, picking up the check at dinner, and coaxing him into her apartment for a nightcap, which she makes extra strong—the better to weaken his defenses.
Meanwhile, Tom is getting nervous about the late hour, that she's trying to get him drunk and take advantage, and that once she does, she'll no longer respect him. "Oh, the curse of the gorgeous!" he laments.
What the hell is this, anyway: Love, American Style?!
What happened to the gently humorous and poignant essays of a father and son that made season one so powerfully unique? Whither goest "that rare show about love and life lessons that actually works"?
Not to worry—there are several strong examples of it, strewn throughout the season. Consider the uncomfortable, but brilliantly written "Eddie's Will," where we learn exactly why Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki) is a single woman. The details are heartbreaking, and Bixby's performance (which relies on listening—the essence of great acting) is superb.
Superb also describes the remastering job done on these full-frame, mono transfers. As with the first season, there are no subtitles or bonus features, but frankly, asking for more than a set of forty year old episodes looking and sounding this good just seems greedy.
Okay, so it teeter-totters between excellent and embarrassing (there's really no better word to describe the episode where Mrs. Livingston sees a ghost in Eddie's room, and the regulars go all "Scooby Doo" in the third reel), but what's a little sophomore slump between best friends, right?
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