This is not the Father Knows Best I thought I knew. First up: cultural diversity:
I don’t know where she found one Springfield Junior College I guess but Betty brought home an Indian girl for the weekend.
I hope Fronk the gardener shows up and sings aye yi yi yi on the scratched up guitar that he hangs from his neck on a string. That way we can get all of the smug patronizing out of the way at once. Actually, Fronk and Chanthini Ragnapali must be using the same dialect coach because this girl sounds Mexican. If Mexico is represented by Speedy Gonzales. Hollywood Mexican of the 50s I guess.
UPDATE: Cast credits for this episode reveal that Chanthini was played by Rita Moreno. (At least it wasn’t Mel Blanc.)
The second episode tackles the serious subject of the moral obligations that The Haves must obey towards The Have Nots. You can tell this is serious because it starts off very film noir.
Margaret gets a midnight phone call telling her she won a fancy $6000 car in a charity raffle for the Springfield Children’s Home. Jubilation all around but it doesn’t last for long.
Margaret drives over to the children’s home for a photo shoot to be featured in the Sunday paper. She gets her ass chewed by an angry grubby mechanic who says things like “them that has gets” and “people like you”. The mechanic can says these things to Margaret because he was an orphan too.
Margaret is abashed and one thing leads to another and by the end of the episode she trades her fancy Lincoln Continental in for two plain Ford station wagons, one for her family and one for the orphanage.
And so The Haves do their social duty and grant bounty to The Have Nots. All is well in Springfield.