Episode Commentary Father Knows Best "The Angel's Sweater" (S3E15) The sister of Jim Anderson (Robert Young) shows up at the Anderson house for the holidays. The only one happy about Aunt Niva's (Katherine Warren) arrival is Jim himself, who keeps promising egg nogs for everyone as a diversion to Niva's scatological disposition. Kathy (Lauren Chapin) in particular finds Aunt Niva to be about as compatible as a lantern is to Mrs. O'Leary's cow. Christmas is spoiled for sure in little Kathy's estimation. To add to the general household malaise, a water pipe breaks inside a wall of the house. Where to find a repairman on Christmas Eve? A search of the yellow pages (remember those?) turns up Mr. Fix-it (Ludwig Stossel), a kindly white-haired gentleman of some European descent. Distraught Kathy finds solace in talking to Mr. Fix-it as he administers his repair to the busted pipe. The man fairly bubbles over with good cheer, sticky-sweet platitudes, and--of course--a relevant story about a young girl conveniently named Katrina. In this day and age, most parents would have separated the old coot from their children and rung up the cops. But this is 1958, where the only predators known to suburban mankind are raccoons in the nightly garbage. Great fun listening to Bud talk dirty to his girlfriend; The family prays for Margaret's stew to be edible; Kathy sadly learns a dog is smarter than her Mr. Fix-it's story gets re-imagined using the entire Anderson crew as characters, all speaking in biblical thee's and thou's. Katrina is searching through the village for "the perfect gift" which, surprisingly enough, turns out not to be a brand new Maserati. Who knew? Anyway, Katrina / Kathy learns a valuable lesson from the repairman's story. A grateful Margaret (Jane Wyatt) forces a cement-like fruitcake on Mr. Fix-it in gratitude. The important thing is that Kathy and Aunt Niva reconcile their differences so that Jim finally gets to serve up his noxious egg nog to everyone. Moral: Be kind to mean old ladies and maybe you'll get mentioned in the will. Notes: After 1960, Lauren Chapin could not find work as an actress, having been typecast as Kathy Anderson for so many years on the series. "My mother would always dress me as Kathy Anderson and never let me be just Lauren Chapin", she bemoaned. Drugs followed, along with casual lovers, fast company, eight miscarriages, declining health, welfare and prison. Eventually she found religion and now manages a small cadre of singers and actors and is an ordained evangelist.