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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.

#22 Yes Nicholas, there is a Santa Claus, pt. 1

NOTE: This originally aired as a two-hour episode.
  • The Bradfords celebrate their first Christmas without their late mother, Joan.
  • Nicholas mistakenly assumes that the man he finds in the house on Christmas Eve is Santa Claus and lets him steal the Christmas presents, putting Christmas temporarily on hold.

    Original Air Date: Dec 14, 1977 (confirmed!)

    Guests: Will Geer, Nicholas Hammond as Harold, Larry Gelman, Judy Strangis as Noreen, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Darrell Larson, Virginia Vincent, Tim Haldeman, Casey King, Hal Riddle, Thad Geer

    #23 Yes Nicholas, there is a Santa Claus, pt. 2

  • The kids convince Tom to show some Christmas spirit by bailing Sam out of jail and inviting him to the house for Christmas dinner as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Tommy receives a special Christmas present from his mom.

    Original Air Date: Dec 14, 1977 (confirmed!)

    Guests: Will Geer, Nicholas Hammond as Harold, Larry Gelman, Judy Strangis as Noreen, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Darrell Larson, Virginia Vincent, Tim Haldeman, Casey King, Hal Riddle, Thad Geer

    #24 Dear Ms. Dinah

  • Tom is upset when Abby makes arrangements for Elizabeth to get birth control pills.
  • Tom is drafted into doing a "Dear Abby" column for the paper.
  • Abby's studies are keeping her busy and leave little time for the family.
  • Abby decides to stay at home more and drives everyone, including herself, a little crazy trying to be a Betty Crocker-type.
  • David and Tommy fix Abby's car.

    Original Air Date: January 25, 1978

    Guests: Jennifer Darling, Howard Morton, Stacy Swor, Tracy Savage, Charles Bloom as Ronnie, Valorie Greer

    #25 A Hair of the Dog

  • The family gives Tom a day of peace for his birthday, and it drives him crazy.
  • David goes away for the weekend and gives Tommy the use of his apartment but Tommy winds up throwing a party.
  • Abby's parenting skills are tested when Tommy gets drunk.

    Original Air Date: January 4, 1978

    Guests: Tom Reese, ***Danny Bonaduce***, ***Eric Olson***, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Randy Phillips, Nedra Volz, Helen Page Camp as the clerk, Rex Riley.

    #26 Author, Author!

  • With Abby's encouragement, Tom takes a leave of absence to pursue his dream of writing a book about his family. He can't get it published the normal way, but has a special issue done for each member of the family.
  • David goes on a double date with Nancy and they come home with different stories of the same night.

    Original Air Date: January 11, 1978

    Guests: Leonard Frey, John David Carson, Jay Gerber, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma, Julie Parsons, Dante Deandre, Danny Meehan

    #27 Much Ado About Garbage

  • Abby is upset when David gives Nicholas a BB gun.
  • Tom's column about garbage causes a controversy when he writes a tongue-in-cheek column. That's when his troubles start to pile up, along with his garbage.
  • Tom is prepared to go to jail rather than reveal his source for his column.

    Original Air Date: January 18, 1978

    Guests: Phillip R. Allen, Charles Macaulay, Jennifer Darling, Michael Thoma, John Dennis Johnston, Stuart Gillard, Larry Hankin, Ben Davidson, Gary Imhoff as Lance Ham, Marc Baxley, Elaine Ballace, Al Berry, Bill Story.

    #28 Hard Hats and Hard Heads

  • Tired of storing their clothes in the hall closet, Tom and Abby hire David to build a new dresser.
  • Nancy, Susan, and Joannie have a dieting contest, but no winners resulted.
  • A reunion with old friends leaves David feeling unsuccessful. David quits his construction job and joins the newspaper as a copyboy.
  • Tommy tries out for the football team to impress a girl.

    Original Air Date: February 1, 1978

    Guests: Randy Powell, Milt Kogan, Laurence Haddon, Sondra Currie, Jim Ferrier, Sander Johnson, Michael Baldwin, J. Andrew Kenny, Thomas Belin, Ed Griffith

    #29 Seven Days in February

  • Joannie, Nancy, and Susan meet new guys at a disco over winter break and love times three drives the Bradford household crazy.
  • David's friend tries to convince him to go on a blind date, so he fixes David with one, but the "date" turns out to be totally unexpected...his sister, Mary.
  • Tommy desperately tries to win rock concert tickets.

    Original Air Date: Feb 8, 1978

    Guests: John Mark Robinson, Gary Swanson, Michael Sullivan, Stephen Parr, Joshua Grenrock, Georgia Neise, ***Stephanie Kramer***, Amy Joyce, Karl Ellis, P.J. Benjamin, Bruce Lazarus, Polita Barnes

    #30 The Boyfriend

  • Susan and Tom are jealous when Abby spends too much time with Susan's new boyfriend she brought home for dinner, and Abby strikes up too much of a connection with her date.
  • Nicholas is appointed water monitor at home during a water shortage, and gets fired for being too tough.
  • Tommy gets into trouble at school and wrongly assumes he's home-free when the principal calls David instead of Tom.

    Original Air Date: Feb 15, 1978

    Guests: Kenneth Gilman, Tom Lacy, Ike Eisenmann

    #31 Great Expectations

  • Frustrated by the transportation arrangements, Tommy, Elizabeth, Nancy, and Susan buy their own car.
  • Tom is upset that Tommy is failing English and pressures him to get a good grade. Tom learns a lesson about parental pressure when Tommy, trying to please him, buys a term paper from a high school hustler.
  • Joannie wants Nicholas to play Prince Charming in her play.

    Original Air Date: Feb 22, 1978

    Guests: Marc Vahanian, David Hollander, Natasha Ryan

    #32 Long Night's Journey Into Day

  • Abby suffers a concussion when she falls off a ladder.
  • The Bradfords take turns keeping Abby awake by telling her stories and sharing memories, which are flashbacks from previous episodes.

    Original Air Date: March 1, 1978 (confirmed)

    Guests: Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell

    #33 The Lost Weekend

  • Abby convinces Tom to spend the weekend with her parents in Pasadena, leaving the kids alone for the weekend. While they are away, despite a rule against having any non-Bradfords in the house, the kids throw a party, but then the house is overrun with chaos and the kids barely manage to get things back in order before Tom and Abby return.
  • A distant cousin shows up on the Bradford doorstep looking for the flower children.

    Original Air Date: April 26, 1978?

    Guests: Harry Gold, Robin Strand, Michael Thoma, ***Jimmy Van Patten***, ***Timmy Van Patten***, John Walter Davis, Anson Downes, Robert Byran Berger, Janet Wood, Alisa Powell, Stacey Nelkin as Linda, Rudy Hornish, Grace Gaynor, Michelle Patrick, Jeffrey Cotler

    #34 Poor Little Rich Girl

  • David meets an attractive young woman who is the daughter of a wealthy construction man.
  • Joannie tries to get the family to communicate better using encounter-like truth games.
  • Tom, while helping Nicholas build a coaster car, takes over completely.

    Original Air Date: May 3, 1978

    Guests: Ann Dusenberry, Norman Alden, Michael Thoma, Sherrill Lynn Katzman, Vera Stough

    #35 Who's on First?

  • Joannie directs a talent show to raise money for the orphanage she is volunteering at. Joannie tries to get the whole family to entertain.
  • Nicholas believes he has seen a UFO, but nobody else believe him. It turns out to be only a practical joke by one of the neighborhood kids.
  • "Abby" sings a song she wrote herself: "So-La", music by Jim Hart, Ira Newborn and Betty Buckley who also wrote the lyrics.
  • "David" sings a song he wrote himself: "Eight is Enough", lyrics by Molly-Ann Leikin, music by Lee Holdridge. This song replaced the original theme song from the next season on.

    Original Air Date: May 10, 1978 (confirmed)

    Guests: Donegan Smith, Danny Dayton, Dan Barrows, ***Meeno Peluce***, Karen Fredrik.

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