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Eight is Enough Season 3

Eight is Enough Season Three 1978 - 1979

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.

#50 The Yearning Point

  • Both Elizabeth and Tommy learn that there is no easy way to success.
  • Elizabeth wants to go to an expensive college in Vermont with a good dance program but Tom can't afford the tuition.
  • Nancy takes a correspondence course in hair styling.
  • Abby discovers a dance scholarship Elizabeth can compete for and Elizabeth starts studying dance with a professional dance company.
  • Tommy tries to earn some extra money.

    Original Air Date: Jan 10, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: Melinda Fee, Dan Monahan, Chris Mulkey, Tom Lacy as Mr. Gillette, Kimberly Alexander, Richard Fullerton


    #51 Moving Out

  • Tired of Tom's strict rules, Nancy, Susan, and Joannie look for an apartment of their own because Tom has trouble accepting that his daughters are growing up.
  • David buys a new truck and agrees to sell Tommy his van.
  • Tom is upset when Abby loans the girls the money to get their own apartment.

    Original Air Date: Jan 17, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: Joan Prather as Janet, Danny Wells as Ed Foster, Toni Lamond as Mrs. Dreissen, ***Nels Van Patten*** as Danny Wise


    #52 Mother's Rule

  • In an effort to keep the remaining Bradfords at home, Tom repeals all curfews but Abby doubts his wisdom. Tom shows everyone that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
  • The girls learn that having their own apartment isn't as great as they thought it would be.
  • Nicholas has a hard time adjusting to having his own room.

    Original Air Date: Jan 17, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: ***Peter Horton*** as Eric, Donald Petrie as Marty, Jim Hackett as Brandon, Charlie Star as Scott, Douglas Dirkson as Arnold


    #53 Inlaws and Outlaws

  • Abby's mother arrives for a visit and Abby is upset to learn that her parent are breaking up. Abby's father arrives shortly, and musical rooms becomes the name of the game.
  • The girls want to move back home after their rent is raised but are afraid to tell Tom.
  • Tom is picked up by the police after the kids rack up $170 worth of parking tickets on the station wagon.

    Original Air Date: Jan 24, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: Louise Latham as Granma Katherine, ***Dennis Patrick*** as Harry, Michael la Guardia as motorcycle cop, Ed McCready as Booking Sergeant


    #54 Horror Story

  • On a rainy night in Sacramento, the Bradford house is turned upside-down when the power goes out and leaves the Bradfords stuck at home with Nancy's blind date - a Norman Bates look-alike.
  • Joannie is studying the film "Psycho" and the lights go out when her date shows up -- a look-alike for Tony Perkins.
  • Tommy and Elizabeth think "Perkins" is an escaped convict.
  • Tom is scheduled to participate in a debate on population control but he and Abby get stuck in an elevator when the power goes out.
  • Nicholas and Irving play secret agent.
  • Susan gets stuck.

    Original Air Date: Jan 31, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: Peter Bromilow as Andrew Silver, Larry Gilman as Norman, Michael Thoma as Dr. Maxwell, Jeffrey Cotler as Irving J. Moore, Earl Montgomery as Mr. Alfred, Larry Gelman as Officer Bernstein, Jim Stathis as Officer Cute


    #55 Just the Ten of Us

  • Nicholas tries to avoid a young lady who has a crush on him.
  • Tired of saying goodnight to each other every night, David and Janet decide to live together.
  • Tom is nominated for "Father of the Year", but his chance grows slim after David and Janet decide to become roommates.

    Original Air Date: Feb 14, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: ***Keene Curtis*** as Reverend Mayberry, Joan Prather as Janet, James Karen as Elliot Randolph, Jeanna Michaels as girlfriend


    #56 Best of Friends

  • Tommy offers to marry a pregnant friend who was a girl, Lori, even though he's not the father of her baby. The Bradfords rally to support Tommy's taking of responsibility.
  • Nicholas and Irving open a lemonade stand in front of the Bradford house but face stiff competition when a lavish lemonade stand is opened by the Cappleton sisters around the corner.
  • David and Janet spend a night in the Bradford house when their apartment is sprayed for bugs.

    Original Air Date: Feb 21, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: Joan Prather as Janet, ***Rosanna Arquette*** as Lori West, ***Tracey Gold*** as Tracey Kappleton, ***Missy Gold*** as Missy Appleton, Martin Azarow as Will, ***Jeffrey Cotler*** as Irving J. Moore, Adam Start as child in park


    #57 The Kid Who Came to Dinner

  • Abby uses the family as subjects in a research project for school.
  • Nicholas's new friend, Bobby, runs away from his foster family because he wants to become part of the Bradford family. They decide to sail down the Sacramento river. Abby's friend and his wife begin to consider adopting Bobby.
  • Tommy and Elizabeth debate the merits of cosmetic surgery.

    Original Air Date: Feb 28, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: David Haskell as Ed Gardner, ***Keith Mitchell*** as Bobby, Anne Bellamy as Mrs. Spinney, Larry Gelman as Officer Bernstein


    #58 The Better Part of Valor

  • While substitute teaching at the high school, Abby refuses to pass the star basketball player, and troubles begin for Tommy.
  • It's an awkward meeting when Tom meets Janet's parents.
  • Tommy is pressured by the basketball player to get the answers to Abby's test. Tommy learns to stand up for what is right.

    Original Air Date: March 7, 1979 (confirmed date!) (another says Feb 21)

    Guests: Joan Prather as Janet, ***Richard Herd*** as George McArthur, ***James Cromwell*** as Coach Pollard, ***Stephan William Burns*** as Dixon, Brad Gorman as Gus, Talmage Scott as Brian, Fay De Witt as Sylvia, Kathleen Brown as Julie


    #59 Dads, Daughters, Different Drummers

  • Tom and Abby are surprised to learn that Nicholas is musically talented but Abby is upset when Tom gets him a drum set.
  • Joannie falls for the local drama critic who gave her a good review. Tom thinks he is a phony and tries to break up their romance.
  • An unemployed David decides to open his own construction business and the whole family pitches in to help him.

    Original Air Date: March 14, 1979 (confirmed date!) (another says Feb 28)

    Guests: Joan Prather as Janet, Joel Colodner as Charles, Gertrude Flynn as Mrs. Walker, Al Ruscio as the editor


    #60 The Final Days

  • Abby and the children are frustrated when they are trying to study for finals and a youth-oriented article Tom wrote in his column runs into trouble with a senior citizen and inspires a picket line in their front yard.
  • Elizabeth panics when she discovers she has to take an algebra final.
  • Tommy puts a band together after hearing that the prom committee will pay $300 for a band.

    Original Air Date: May 2, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: ***Abe Vigoda*** as Ben Ryan, ***James Karen*** as Elliot Randolph, Fred Holliday as reporter, Sally K. Marr as Blanche, Kate Riehl as Dorothy, Howard Bailey as Armand, Steven Peterman as Gary, John Zoller as Vince, Kevin Lee Miller as Marshall

    Featuring Willie Aames and Paradise playing "Tijuana Tokyo"


    #61 The Graduates

  • Tom is proud when Elizabeth and Joannie are graduating the same week (Joannie from college and Elizabeth from high school).
  • Joannie doesn't know what to do with her life after graduation.
  • Tom is invited to give the commencement address at Elizabeth's High School graduation.
  • Abby talks to the principal on Elizabeth's behalf after she is excluded from the graduation ceremony for taking part in a dangerous senior prank.
  • Tommy is offered the perfect summer job as a lifeguard but has to cut his hair if he accepts the job.

    Original Air Date: May 23, 1979 (date according to imdb)

    Guests: Jerry Lacy as Barber, Ann Doran as Ms. Ryder, Jennifer Darling as Donna, Phil Hoover as Mr. Napier, Patricia Alice Albrecht as Julie, Bobby Duncan as Daniel, Chad Roche as Paul, Tom Lacy as Mr. Gillette, Mee Marmy as Secretary, Kathy Mahoney as Debbie


    #62 Marriage and Other Flights of Fancy, pt. 1

    NOTE: This originally aired as a two-hour episode.
  • Tom finally realizes his dream of being a published author when a magazine prints his short story, but finds it published in a man's magazine more famous for its "illustrations" than its literature.
  • David and Janet announce their engagement but David leaves Janet and takes off on a cross-country trip when he gets cold feet.
  • Elizabeth is paired with a real nerd for a make-believe marriage assignment at school.

    Original Air Date: May 9, 1979 (confirmed!) (another says May 2 but is incorrect)

    Guests: ***Noah Beery*** (Jr.) as Dutch, Forbesy Russell as Linda, Joan Prather as Janet, John Calvin as Marty, Joan Tompkins as Mary, Tom Lacy as Mr. Gillette, ***Catherine Hickland*** as Vicki


    #63 Marriage and Other Flights of Fancy, pt. 2

  • David and his traveling companion continue on their cross-country trip and he gets involved in a hang-gliding competition and learn a few lessons about life.

    Original Air Date: May 9, 1979 (confirmed!)


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