Next Tuesday (July 2), Shout! Factory is officially releasing what I have often referred to here on the blog as my Holy Grail as far as
One of my favorite episodes is a first season installment entitled “Room at the Bottom”: Thalia, discouraged that Dobie is not going to amount to much in life, is nevertheless convinced that because her paramour is so likable he might be able to muddle through by making the right contacts…especially if his father allows him to attend an exclusive preparatory academy, Willoughby Hall.
So Dobie is going to be packed off to
there’s a chance for a stay of execution.
If he can get a perfect grade on his mathematics test (scoring 100), it
will prove to Thalia that he’s is not a complete clod and that Dobie might be
able to get ahead in life without having to schmooze. But Mrs. Menninger did not raise any foolish
girls; Thalia knows Dobie can’t pass
The next day, Ruth confesses to her husband that she suspects Dobie and Maynard cheated on the exam after she hands out the papers to the class and Thalia is delighted with Dobie’s perfect score. She acknowledges it’s possible Dobie could have done that well but Maynard…anyway, Ruth is disillusioned and vows to her husband that she doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to trust Dobie and Maynard again.
Thalia responds: “Yes, I have a fine, sweet, wonderful, sensitive boy…who’s never going to make a dime!”