Dobie falls for Poppy Herming but has to win her father's approval too.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dwayne Hickman ... Dobie Gillis
Frank Faylen ... Herbert T. Gillis
Florida Friebus ... Winifred Gillis
Bob Denver ... Maynard G. Krebs
Penney Parker Penney Parker ... Poppy Herring (as Penny Parker)
William Schallert ... Mr. Leander Pomfritt
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Mr. Phillips
Sondra Rodgers Sondra Rodgers ... Mrs. Lear
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Mr. Turnby


As usual, Dobie is short of money since his father won't give him any, this issue which he believes is a big obstacle to getting a girl. It becomes a huge issue with the latest object of Dobie's affections, Poppy Herring, a girl new to the school. Poppy is looking for a specific type of person to become her life mate, Dobie who is willing to say anything to meet Poppy's expectations. The biggest issue for her is that her mate should want children, exactly three, a boy and two girls who she already has pictured in her mind. What may kibosh Dobie's relationship with Poppy is Mr. Pomfritt's class on heredity, miserly and "cruel" (in Dobie's own words) Herbert's genes which Poppy does not want in her children's bloodline, despite Poppy not yet having met Dobie's father. So Dobie goes on a mission to show Poppy that Herbert is a sweet, kind and generous man, Dobie's plan which seems to be well on its way to success... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

8 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mr. Leander Pomfritt, Dobie's English teacher, who has done nothing but teach poetry in previous story lines in the series, is seen teaching a lesson on genes and hereditary. What high school teacher teaches out of his license, unless he is duly certified in both fields? This is an unusual thing for a teacher to instruct two totally different fields, unlike a teacher who might teach both English and Social Studies, which is more similar. See more »


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