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ALL IN THE FAMILY
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The Bob Newhart Show
Season Three: 1974-75
THE THIRD SEASON
Year-End Rating: 22.4 (17th place)
The romance between Howard and Bob's sister, Ellen, played by Pat
Finley, provides fresh perspective in the domestic storyline, as producers
Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses usher the show into one of its most inventive
period. Jerry Mayer is the season's story consultant, and Alan Rafkin
directs many of the episodes--most of which are written by Patchett
and Tarses, Charlotte Brown, and Jerry Mayer.
Bob puts a damper on Howard's blossoming romance with Ellen when he
refuses to let his sister move in with the navigator.
Bob has his hands full when he joins two therapy groups together for
a marathon weekend session at a mountain retreat.
Jerry organizes a medical co-op so that the doctors can exchange services
without charge, a plan that Bob discovers works better in conception
After Emily moves into a dormitory to bone up for her master's degree,
rumors of the Hartleys' separation begin to buzz.
The inflatable-furniture salesman was played by Carl Gottlieb, the
screenwriter of Jaws and The Jerk, and also one of the
show's earliest writers.
Even after she plies him with gifts and ice cream, Ellen can't seem
to earn the approval of Howard's son.
The family tensions are played out in the unlikely setting of a razzle-dazzle
straw-hat ice-cream parlor, which is also the scene of one of Bob's
most unforgettable comic nightmares, as towering plates of Hazelnut
Hoohas, Hot 'n' Heavy Fandangoes, and Banana Fofana Splits are served
up by an unrestrained waiter with the tableside manner of Rip Taylor.
Hoping to avoid all the embarrassing hoopla, Bob orders an unassuming
scoop of plain vanilla, only to find himself besieged by a cadre of
singing waiters chanting, "Single scooper, single scooper, this man
is a party pooper," as he tries to melt into the brightly checkered
Bob abandons his practice for the corporate world when he accepts a
position as resident shrink for a major insurance company.
Jerry hires a supremely incompetent temporary receptionist who makes
a mess of Bob's well-ordered office routine.
Bob resolves to be completely honest and open with everyone he encounters,
and in no time at all he's alienated his wife and most of his friends.
Bob is embarrassed to face his professional colleagues after a psychology
article he wrote is published with revisions that he thinks make him
Carol happily announces her engagement to the oddball poet she's been
dating, even though her friends are convinced that he's a loser.
The Hartleys' plans for a festive Thanksgiving dinner are dashed when
Bob's mother locks horns with Emily's dad.
Bob gets drummed out of his own women's consciousness-raising group
after Emily reveals the truth about his less-than-enlightened behavior
The call of the wild beckons Jerry when a free-spirited girlfriend
convinces him to chuck his practice and move to the South Seas.
Bob is determined to win the tennis trophy in the doctors' annual tournament,
but gets quickly discouraged when he's paired with Emily in a doubles
The Hartleys spend a dismal Christmas Eve as Carol shares her unhappy
memories of past holidays.
Howard worries that he might lose Ellen when her jilted fiancé
returns to reclaim her.
Ellen's suede-and-leather Lothario is Fred Willard, best remembered
for his stint as the dim-witted co-host of Fernwood 2-Night.
Emily's friends convince Bob to run for chairman of the school board.
Emily is determined to figure out why Bob is so reluctant to discuss
a mysterious former girlfriend.
Jerry is in a huff after Bob refuses to lend him money to buy a new
Bob joins another psychologist's therapy group to work his way through
a temporary depression.
Bob can't seem to find a comfortable spot in his own living room after
Emily redecorates their apartment with antique furniture.
Bob reluctantly agrees to counsel one of Emily's friends through her
The Hartleys are drafted into service as counselors when a group of
Emily's friends decide to start a summer camp.
The ceiling in Bob's office falls in--and the rest of his world threatens
to follow when Ellen and Howard announce that they're moving to New
York, and Carol starts to look for a new job.