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Tom, Mrs. Livingston, Norman and Tina all receive an envelope in the mail, each containing ten, crisp, new $100 bills. None of them know who their secret benefactor is. Beyond each having a... See full summary »


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Peggy Chantler Dick, Mark Toby (novel)


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Episode credited cast:
Bill Bixby ... Tom Corbett
Miyoshi Umeki ... Mrs. Livingston
James Komack ... Norman Tinker
Brandon Cruz ... Eddie Corbett
Kristina Holland Kristina Holland ... Tina Rickles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Sones ... Billy Gerber (as Bob Sines)


Tom, Mrs. Livingston, Norman and Tina all receive an envelope in the mail, each containing ten, crisp, new $100 bills. None of them know who their secret benefactor is. Beyond each having a different reaction to the money and what to do with theirs, each does want to find out who sent them the money. The only clue is that the address on the envelope was typed on a toy typewriter, just like the one Eddie has. Later at home, Tom hears Eddie typing away behind closed doors in his bedroom. Tom walks in on Eddie typing an envelope. Tom also sees a wad of money in Eddie's desk drawer. Eddie, the secret benefactor, was just about to send some more money, this time to his friends. Apparently he found the money, which came in a bank bag, and didn't tell Tom about it since Tom taught him not to tell when doing a good deed in fear of people thinking ulterior motives for doing so. Although Eddie wants to continue to be a pseudo Robin Hood, he decides to return the $10,000 to the bank after a ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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11 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Right can be a relative feeling
20 March 2019 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Norman, Tom, Tina, and Mrs. Livingston all receive a blank envelope in the mail with 10 $100 bills. They're all in shock. In trying to discover their phantom philanthropist, Tom thinks the address was written on a toy typewriter like the one Eddie got last Christmas. Tom hears Eddie on the typewriter that night and walks in to find him stuffing another envelope from a drawer filled with thousands of dollars. He found it the day before in a Western Union Bank bag hidden in the bushes off the street. He doesn't want his dad to tell anyone that he sent the money, as he took to heart a lesson taught about not needing recognition for doing good deeds. Tom explains it wasn't really Eddie's to give and says they must return the money. Eddie feels the bank has lots of money and instead wants to give it to the people, a la Robin Hood. Tom finally gets through when he says the money in the bank belongs to people. They return the money to the bank with some fanfare in the newspaper and a $25 savings bond as a reward from the bank. Norman tells Tom not many people would have returned it, knowing the bank is insured for it. At school, everyone tells Eddie he was stupid to take it back. He feels everyone hates him and doesn't want to go back to school. He blames his dad. Tom encounters similar reactions, leading him to surmise to Eddie that there are a lot of people in the world who aren't honest and respond negatively to compensate for their guilt. Eddie still doesn't understand, and still doesn't want to go to school, forcing Tom to search for the right things to tell his son.

Moral: You can't let how others feel dictate the things you do.

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