Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
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Brief Holiday 

Margaret gets tired of all the housework and demands of the children, expecting her to do their every whim. She decides to take a day off and go into town. She browses the stores and has her picture drawn by a street artist.

Director:

Peter Tewksbury

Writers:

Roswell Rogers (story and teleplay), Ed James (characters)
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Episode cast overview:
Robert Young ... Jim Anderson
Jane Wyatt ... Margaret Anderson
Elinor Donahue ... Betty Anderson
Billy Gray ... Bud Anderson
Lauren Chapin ... Kathy Anderson
John Banner ... Artist
Sarah Selby ... Miss Thomas
Vivi Janiss ... Myrtle
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Margaret gets tired of all the housework and demands of the children, expecting her to do their every whim. She decides to take a day off and go into town. She browses the stores and has her picture drawn by a street artist.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Andersons' address is given as 607 South Maple. See more »

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Margaret Takes a Break
10 January 2019 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

We all need to take time out from the daily grind once in a while and do something pleasurable and refreshing. That's exactly what Margaret does in "Brief Holiday." She is tired of catering to the children's every whim - cooking for them, fixing their clothes, feeding their pets. On the spur of the moment she decides to leave her domestic duties, take the afternoon off and go to a ritzy part of town, where she buys a hat, eats lunch at a French restaurant and has her portrait painted.

When she returns home, the entire family treats her like an oddball for acting so out of character. Jim's imagination runs wild as he wonders why Margaret suddenly ran out. Is she tired of him? Has he been an inadequate husband? Margaret for her part feels frustrated that Jim doesn't credit her simple and honest explanation for her actions. How can she make Jim understand?

This is another FKB episode with a profound and timely point. It reminds us of the importance of breaking out of our regimented lives, reconnecting with what is joyful and meaningful - in short, the importance of holiday.

The tony part of Springfield looks a little too much like a low-budget Hollywood "Parisian" set. Otherwise, an admirable episode.


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