- Nov 17, 2005
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The Christmas episode is one of the dumbest things I've ever watched. A few episodes prior, those middle age writers scripted an episode where Cindy's parents, and her friend's parents, are all very concerned about the girls going overnight camping with their boyfriends, just 10:00 minutes down the road. Lots of hand wringing.Shows from that late 60s, early 70s era, where middle aged writers try to depict the young generation were lame then and unintentionally hilarious now. Its funny but with the Primrose Lane opening, its like they took a 1950s typical sitcom family and time transported them into the early 70s, where college student Cindy would never think of trying marijuana or associating with anyone who did, and throwing in youthful expressions. Also, and this perplexed me when I watched the show back then, why does the youngest son speak with a British accent?
But just a few episodes later, Fonda and his wife have no objection to Cindy traveling to Switzerland during Christmas break. Not only that, but then she talks the 16 year-old Ron Howard character to take all the money he's saved for a car, and go all the way to Rome - by himself - so the parents can spend Christmas alone. They agree! Finally, the parents send the youngest British speaking son to Mexico with some strange family we never meet! So that the parents can be by themselves at Christmas! They deserve it!
While the 3 kids are all over the earth, Fonda allows a threatening "villain" to waltz right into the police officers' office, without any security check, so the villain can pull a knife on Fonda. He then allows an old woman (a recurring character who is crazy and wants to be arrested every episode) into the police station without any security so she can hang out and not be by herself on Christmas. It was one of the stupidest 30:00 minute episodes of television I've ever seen.