It’s Father’s Day, and Connie’s dad, Bill, has come to town, and specifically to Whit’s End, for a surprise visit. He’s actually just passing through on his way to see his ailing mother in New York. He wants to take Connie with him. Connie is all for it but says she has to get permission from her mom first. She doesn’t have long to wait. A few moments later, June Kendall walks through the door.
Things are a bit tense at first, but soon June gives her consent for Connie to go to New York. Bill and June even have a pleasant conversation about the old days and the happy times they had together. Bill insists on taking June and Connie out to dinner that night. He even walks June out to her car. Connie is so happy to see her folks “back together” again, she gets the wild idea that maybe she can do something to make the arrangement permanent.
Later, Bill and June come back to Whit’s End to pick Connie up for dinner. They are stunned to find the place redecorated to resemble one of their favorite restaurants they used to go to when Connie was little. Connie tries her best to recreate the atmosphere of happier times, but both Bill and June gently tell Connie that it is impossible for them to get back together again. June explains that they are different people now, but Bill has a more fundamental reason: He’s already remarried!
When Connie hears this, she gets upset. Things get even worse when she discovers that Bill married someone named April, a woman whom Connie doesn’t even know. Connie storms out, telling her dad to forget about the trip to New York.
Later, June talks with Connie about her father’s irresponsible ways, and Connie makes yet another discovery, her mother still has feelings for her father. June has simply learned to deal with the hurt and move on with life. Connie takes her mother’s example to heart. The next morning, she informs Bill that she’ll go with him to New York after all. She also determines that, even though she still loves her father, she won’t look at him through rose-colored glasses anymore. From now on, she’ll see him as he really is.
- Why did Connie think she could get her folks back together again?
- Why was Connie so angry with her dad when she learned he was remarried?
- Why do you think the Bible is so against divorce?
Heard in episode
|April Kendall||Lynn Luttrell|
|Bill Kendall||Alan Bergman|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|June Kendall||Maggie Malooly|
Mentioned in episode
|Mildred Kendall||Bill Kendall|
|Eugene Meltsner||Connie Kendall|
- This episode marks the debut of Alan Bergmann in the role of Connie's father Bill Kendall. Bill had been mentioned for years on the program but had shockingly never made an actual appearance.
- This episode establishes Bill's preference for women named after months. His first wife, obviously, was June Kendall. In this episode, it's revealed that he later married April. Years later in #534: “Something Blue, Part 2”, he has a girlfriend named May Kendall, and later marries her. Then, in #735: “Life Expectancy, Part 2”, we learn that Bill had another wife after April, Jan Kendall (January), who is Jules (July) Kendall’s mother.
- Connie refers to what she said in #146: “Emotional Baggage” in this episode.
- Listen carefully: Katie Leigh's voice is clearly affected by illness in this episode (similar to Hal Smith in #65: “Bad Company”).
- At the end of the episode, Connie says "I couldn't get a seat on your flight." But what about April? From what we hear, Connie presumably books their seats before her dad tells her he is married again. Where did April's ticket come from? And wasn't it a little silly of Bill to let Connie make the arrangements before telling her there will be one more person with them? So did Connie give up her seat to April before she came to see her dad the next morning?
Connie Kendall: Forget the trip, Dad!
Connie Kendall: EUGENE, KILL THE MUSIC!
Connie Kendall: You still have feelings for him, don't you? But you said you were over your hurt!
June Kendall: No, no, I said I was over my anger. When you've loved someone, the hurt never really goes away.