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Eight is Enough Season 2

Eight is Enough Season Two 1977 - 1978

Dates are mostly from memory, but can be off a week or two. Firstrun dates usually follow a pattern of Sep-Dec, then 2-week reruns in late Dec, then firstruns Jan-early Mar, reruns, then May firstruns. If you know of actual dates or have other stuff to add, please let me know By E-mail and I'll put them in. Thank you. One original episode aired in August 1977, though my memory is fuzzy in remembering the date.

#10 Is There a Doctor in the House?

  • Dr. Max shows up on Tom's doorstep after a fight with his wife and ends up staying with the Bradfords, driving them crazy with his fussy ways.
  • David tries to borrow money from his brothers and sisters to cover a bad check he wrote at a poker game to cover a debt.
  • Tom and Dr. Max hit the town in a search for new women.

    Original Air Date: Sep 14, 1977 (confirmed date!)

    Guests: ***Beth Howland***, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Kathleen Doyle, Suzanne Zenor, Virginia Vincent, John Furey as first poker player, Gary Graham as second poker player, James Parkes as third poker player, Bob Minor as fourth poker player, Rom Lombard as the host, Connie Day as Marge, Jeri Lea Ray as Tom's Partner, Ava Readdy as Maxwell's partner

    #11 Trial Marriage

  • This episode introduces Betty Buckley in the contract role of Sandra Sue "Abby" Abbott. At first she was a special guest star.
  • Tommy breaks his ankle at a touch football game and will miss school for five weeks.
  • Mary moves in with her boyfriend, a young psychiatry student (Doug).
  • Sandra Sue Abbott is sent to tutor Tommy while he is absent from school.

    Original Air Date: Sep 21, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: ***Don Johnson*** as Doug, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Virginia Vincent as Daisy Maxwell

    #12 Triangles

  • David's new roommate romances both Susan and Joannie.
  • Tom decides he has been neglecting Nicholas and drives Nicholas crazy by spending too much time with him.
  • Tommy organizes a family garage sale to earn money.

    Original Air Date: Sep 28, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: John V. Shea, Jonathan la Page

    #13 Double Trouble

  • After Tom and Abby break up, the Bradford children set Tom up with another woman in an effort to make Abby jealous.
  • Nancy enters the Miss Sacramento beauty contest.
  • David and Tommy hang around a laundromat in hopes of meeting girls.

    Original Air Date: Oct 5, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: Tricia O'Neill, Joey Forman, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Sparky Marcus, Chris Hubbell, Virginia Vincent

    #14 Mortgage Burnin' Blues

  • Tom throws a party to celebrate paying off the mortgage on the Bradford house. Unfortunately, the kids get into a melee when Susan punches a heckler at David and Tommy's singing appearance and Tom has to remortgage the house to pay the damages as seven of his children were arrested after a fight in the nightclub.
  • David waits for the results of his contractor's exam.
  • Nicholas felt left out since he was never arrested.

    Original Air Date: Oct 19, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: Dennis Burkley, Woodrow Parfley, Jonathan Goldsmith, ***Gerald McRaney***, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Virginia Vincent, Fred Stuthman, Sam Weisman, Floyd Levine as Sam Wickes, Joseph Clarke, Joe Hoover, Chuck Howerton, Kent Hall, Creed Bratton, Mitchell Bock.

    #15 Dark Horse

  • Mary runs for a seat of the Board of Education and enlists the family's help on her campaign.
  • Abby is too busy to keep her dates with Tom.
  • Tom proposes to Abby after she and Mary are able to work out their difficulties over Mary's running for the school board. Abby accepts Tom's proposal.

    Original Air Date: Oct 26, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: Don Matheson, Sydney Lassick as Mr. Kaminsky, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Robert Phalen, Michael Laurence, Billie Bird, Joan Tompkins, Vicky Huxtable, Jeff Doucette, Virginia Vincent, Lenore Woodward as elderly woman, Cindy Daly as counter girl, Ted Jordam as first man, Victor Fisher as crewman, Kim Fowler as Alice, Lynda Sainte-James as first voter.

    #16 The Bard and the Bod

  • Joannie agrees to do a nude scene in a Shakespearean play and is relieved when Tom says he can't make it to the show, or so it goes. (Obviously, a sweeps stunt.)
  • Abby's former father-in-law visits and she is hesitant to introduce him to Tom and tell him about her plans to marry him.
  • David arranges for Tom to buy an engagement ring for Abby through a friend at work, but it turns out to be too hot to handle.

    Original Air Date: Nov 2, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: James Ray, Marcus Smythe, Michael Fairman, Mac Intyre Dixon, Kevan Dignam, Scott Mulhern, Briam Pizer as Quince, Michael Baldwin as Jason, Kevin Cassidy as Lenny, David Agress as Fred Gorman

    #17 Children of the Groom, pt 1

    NOTE: This originally aired as a two-hour episode.
  • After much debate, Tom and Abby decide on November 9th as their wedding date and agree to let the children handle the wedding plans, but it almost does not happen when things get too crazy.
  • Elizabeth and Nicholas are not as excited about the wedding plans as the rest of the Bradford children.

    Original Air Date: Nov 9, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: ***Sylvia Sidney***, Louise Latham, ***Dennis Patrick***, ***Richard Kline*** as Mr. Corelli, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Ken Olfson, Johnny Haymer, Montana Smoyer as woman neighbor, Ted Lehmann as old man on street, Jeff Maxwell as young man on street, Alexis Jacks as trick or treat #1, Jimmy Walton as trick or treat #2

    #18 Children of the Groom, pt 2

  • The children get carried away with the wedding plans and nearly cause the wedding to be canceled.
  • Abby asks Elizabeth to be her maid of honor and develop a special relationship.

    Original Air Date: Nov 9, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: ***Sylvia Sidney***, Louise Latham, ***Dennis Patrick***, Phyllis Elizabeth Davis, ***Richard Kline***, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Ken Olfson, Walter O. Miles, Jeffrey Altman, Johnny Haymer, Virginia Vincent, Norman J. Andrews as floral man, Larry Broglio as rental man, Ted Lehmann as old man on street, Jeff Maxwell as young man on street, Jonas Agee as mail clerk, Montana Smoyer as woman neighbor, Suzanne Wishner as singing messenger lady, Alexis Jacks as trick or treat #1, Jimmy Walton as trick or treat #2, Armin Hoffman as Phil

    #19 I Quit

  • Tom and Abby take the kids to San Francisco where Tom is scheduled to accept an award for his column and the trip doubles as a honeymoon.
  • Mary is upset when she is rejected by a medical school and Abby wants to contact an old friend to help her get in.
  • The kids wrangle their way along the trip as chaos begins.

    Original Air Date: Nov 16, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: William Bogert, William Dozier, Henry Sutton, F. William Parker, Georgie Paul, Aline Towne

    #20 All's Fair in Love and War

  • Abby coordinates Spring cleaning at the Bradford house.
  • Mary is upset when the son of Tom's friend comes to Sacramento to open an army recruiting office on campus, which does not please her liberal anti-war feelings. Over the course of time they learn to respect each other's beliefs.
  • Tom gets the wrong idea when he spots Mary and Richard in a hug.
  • Tommy helps Nicholas deal with a school bully.
  • Another of Tommy's money making schemes backfires.

    Original Air Date: Nov 23, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: ***Dorian Harewood*** as Richard Connors, Jennifer Darling, Lupe Ontiveros, Tina Menard, J.R. Miller as Maloney, Joe Bratcher as Sgt. First Class, Jonathan La Page as Derek

    #21 The Return of Auntie V

  • Auntie V, Tom's eccentric sister, returns for another visit with the Bradfords and surprises Tom and Abby with a new house as a wedding present. The kids are excited, but as they fix up the house for sale they begin to fall in love with it again.
  • Nancy wants to expand her horizons by going on a cruise with Auntie V.
  • Nancy falls for the real estate agent who is trying to sell the Bradford house.

    Original Air Date: Nov 30, 1977 (99% sure)

    Guests: ***Janis Paige*** as Auntie V, Lawrason Driscoll, William Callaway, Alf Kjellin, Jed Cooper, ***Robin Williams***, Ernst Emling, ***Wayne Northrop***, Lin Shaye

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