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Although he really wants one, Eddie is OK when Tom won't buy him a horse. However when Tom refuses to let Eddie have a horse purchased by Norman, Eddie is mad. Norman and Tina figured they ... See full summary »


Hal Cooper


Peggy Chantler Dick, Mark Toby (novel)


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Episode cast overview:
Bill Bixby ... Tom Corbett
Miyoshi Umeki ... Mrs. Livingston
James Komack ... Norman Tinker
Brandon Cruz ... Eddie Corbett
Kristina Holland Kristina Holland ... Tina Rickles


Although he really wants one, Eddie is OK when Tom won't buy him a horse. However when Tom refuses to let Eddie have a horse purchased by Norman, Eddie is mad. Norman and Tina figured they would do this good Samaritan gesture since Tom said that he wouldn't buy one due to cost, whereas Norman, a bachelor, can since he has no one to spend his money on. However, the expense is only one and least important in a long line of reasons why Tom won't buy Eddie a horse, the biggest reason being that Eddie is not yet old enough for the responsibility. Eddie is so mad, that he doesn't want to do anything with Tom anymore, and he also doesn't want Tom to use their favorite pet name for each other, "Sport", anymore. Tom allows Eddie to vent his anger since he wants to let Eddie know that first it's all right to express anger, and second that Eddie need not spend every waking moment of life with Tom. After Norman replaces Tom on an outing with Eddie, Eddie comes to a better understanding of his ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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27 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Best Friend (Theme song)
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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An Angry Eddie
5 April 2019 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Eddie works hard to make his dad feel he is big enough to have a horse. He's even borrowed clothes from his smaller friend Billy Gerber to make it seem like he's grown out of his. Tom and Mrs. Livingston catch on to the act and his father says he's too young for a horse. Tom feels bad for his decision, sounding out his reasons to Norman as he drives him to the airport. While Tom is away on business, Norman acts upon their talk. Tom said if he could afford the horse he would be tempted, and Norman feels Tom was suggesting Norman can spare the expense for Eddie. Norman, with Tina's assistance, buys a horse to surprise Tom on his return. When Norman sees Eddie still upset about the horse he tells him that he got him a horse. Mrs. Livingston says it is a mistake. Tom arrives to be upset by the news. He says no again, and Eddie angrily runs to his room. Tom chastises Norman and Tina for interfering and they realize they did wrong. Tom is unable to reason with his son, and he now wants to do everything with Norman instead. It's the first time Eddie has been deeply angry with his dad- and Tom wants to impart a lesson that it is okay and doesn't jeopardize their love for one another. Also, that it is alright to prefer someone's company other than his. Norman is nervous to attempt a pivotal role in a pivotal lesson.

Moral: Being mad at a loved one doesn't mean you don't love them. "Anger isn't a bad thing...(it isn't good)...it just is. The important thing to remember is not to do things when you feel hate. Try just to do things when you feel love."

A good lesson on how to handle a situation every parent inevitably faces. Also, while Norman has been established as a regular for some time now, I think he has finally settled into a nice role. He's a solid sounding board for Tom's judgements, while his carefree attitude exposes Eddie to a different aspect of handling life. Norman's sarcastic wit is a nice source of comedy as well.

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