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Starring Joan Davis and Jim Backus
Season 2 (NBC) (1953-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Jim Brent, Tom Alger, Wayne Miller , John King, Rina Fox,  Revel Partington

references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

 
 
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NBC Wednesdays 8:00pm Eastern
33 new episodes
Season 2 Regular Supporting Cast:-
Neighbors - Charlie & Mabel:- (1953-54) (season 2)(to be verified)   
Hall Smith as Charlie/ Geraldine Carr* as Mabel (*killed in a car accident circa 1954).

2.01 [40] I Married Joan: BRAD'S MUSTACHE
14Oct53 NBC (original network airdate)   
Joan decides her husband should grow a mustache to become more eligible for a Superior Court post.

2.02 [41] I Married Joan: FIRST LIE
21Oct53 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 28Jul54)
Synopsis #1:
Joan tries to hoodwink her husband on the subject of new clothes purchases.
Synopsis #2:
Joan buys herself a new dress but tells her husband it is just another old one. Her plan is upset when a friend arrives with a lie detector.
(Repeated 4May65, KABC-7, Los Angeles, Tuesday at 8:00am)
 
2.03 [42] I Married Joan: FURNITURE QUICK CHANGES
28Oct53 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 4Aug54)

I MARRIED JOAN-1/3-FURNITURE QUICK-CHANGES 2/3 - 3/3
Synopsis:
Joan keeps re-arranging the living-room furniture while her husband is asleep and he, believing she is out, thinks the
furniture is moving itself. When he consults a psychiatrist, who turns out to be a beautiful blonde, Joan gets worried.

2.04 [43] I Married Joan: SISTER PAT
4Nov53 NBC (original network airdate)

I Married Joan - Sister Pat 1/5 (1953) - 2/5 3/5 4/5 5/5
Synopsis:
Joan invites her younger sister (played by her real-life daughter Beverly Wills) to stay with her and Brad while she is attending college.

2.05 [44] I Married Joan: TROPICAL FISH
11Nov53 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 11Aug54)
Synopsis #1:
Brad takes up tropical fish as a hobby, but finds that Joan can be more instructive than fish.
Synopsis #2:   
Joan tries to help her husband by adding a new fish to his tropical-fish collection. The help turns out to be more
hindrance when the new fish exhibits some strange and unexpected tendencies.

2.06 [45] I Married Joan: MISSING FOOD (a.k.a. "Culinary Nightmare")
18Nov53 NBC (original network airdate)  (Network Repeat 18Aug54) 
Synopsis #1:
The plot centers around Joan planning a quiet dinner for Brad and herself. Brad calls from his club to say that he is
bringing a friend and his wife home to join them. Right after that, the friend's son comes into the locker room, and
Brad invites him and his girlfriend to join them. Joan can only stretch the food so far (pumping air into the cream puffs,
adding water and more water to the split pea soup, trying to add additional stuffing to an already small turkey, etc.).
When they arrive, there is virtually nothing for them to eat, as all of her efforts have failed. She promises that she will
prepare a picnic lunch for them the next day as a way of making peace. They accept; however, the small neighborhood dog has
stolen and eaten all of the food in the picnic hamper without Joan's knowledge. When they arrive at the picnic site, she
discovers an empty hamper, and attempts to mingle in with nearby picnickers, hoping to confiscate some of their food for her
picnic. She is caught, and once again, Brad's friends and their family go without eating. She finally invites them one last
time to the Stevens home for dinner. However, when they arrive, they claim that they cannot eat what she has prepared, as
they have gone on an involuntary diet from her two previous attempts to feed them, have lost weight, and do not wish to
put it back. [WM]
Synopsis #2:
Joan plans a small dinner which grows and grows as more people are invited for one reason or another. Joan runs into trouble
when she finds that the turkey she plans to serve does not enlarge with the growing party.

2.07 [46] I Married Joan: INITIATION
(not to be confused with 2.32 "Brad's Initiation")
25Nov53 NBC (original network airdate)
Synopsis:
Joan's sister enrolls in school and gets a real sorority hazing.

2.08 [47] I Married Joan: BEV'S BOYFRIEND
2Dec53 NBC (original network airdate)  (Network Repeat 2Jun54) 
Synopsis #1:
Joan meddles in Beverly's romance with a teen-age hot-rod enthusiast, but lives to regret it.
Synopsis #2:
Joan's sister, Beverly, acquires a new boy friend and Judge Stevens' household knows all about it.

2.09 [48] I Married Joan: LOST CHECK
9Dec53 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 25Aug54)
Synopsis #1:
Joan takes a job as Brad's secretary and succeeds in losing a check for a huge amount of money.
Synopsis #2:
Joan tries to help her husband by becoming his secretary, but when she hides a certified check in a library book, Brad begins to wonder.

2.10 [49] I Married Joan: THE SHOTGUN
(not to be confused with #3.17 "Money in the Shotgun")
16Dec53 NBC (original network airdate)
Synopsis #1:
Without Brad’s knowledge, Joan loans her sister Beverly his favorite set of golf clubs. [TA]
Synopsis #2:
Joan attempts to replace Brad's valuable set of jolf clubs which her sister Bev has ruined. [TA]
(Syndicated re-run: 05Jul61 WHDH-8, New Haven, Conn., Wednesday 9:30am)

2.11 [50] I Married Joan: MUSICAL (UCLA title)
23Dec53 NBC (original network airdate)

I MARRIED JOAN-Pt.1/3-"MUSICAL" Pt.2/3 Pt.3/3
Synopsis #1:
Judge Stevens gets talked into appearing in Joan's Ladies' Club Amateur show. Joan is made up to impersonate Groucho Marx in
an "Ooh la la" routine with the judge.
Tonight's cast includes:
The Roger Wagner Choral group, with a female barbershop quartet;
and Joan's daughter Beverly, playing Joan's sister, in a song-and-dance act.
As a highlight Joan impersonates Groucho Marx.
Synopsis #2:
Joan traps poor Brad into participating in an amateur musical. [TA]
(Syndicated re-run: 06Jul61 WHDH-8, New Haven, Conn., Thursday 9:30am)
 
2.12 [51] I Married Joan: DOUBLE WEDDING
30Dec53 NBC (original network airdate)    
Guest Cast:
Bill Bishop,
Natalie Lyons.
Synopsis #1:
Joan and Brad decide to celebrate their tenth anniversary by
repeating their nuptial vows with the couple who were married
with them in a double ceremony. But they make a startling
discovery about their license.
Synopsis #2:
On the occasion of their 10th wedding anniversary, Brad and Joan
plan to stage a repeat performance of their wedding. But the
happy time is destroyed when they make a startling discovery about
their marriage license.
(Network Repeat 30Jun54)

2.13 [52] I Married Joan: SUPERSTITION
6Jan54 NBC (original network airdate)   
Prod. no. 2/13A (copyright)
Written by Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis:
Loss of Joan's good luck locket makes headaches for Brad.

2.14 [53] I Married Joan: BARBECUE
13Jan54 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 1Sep54)   
Prod. no. 2/18 (copyright)
Written by Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein
Directed by John Rich.
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis:
Joan and Brad build a barbecue.

2.15 [54] I Married Joan: MOTHERS-IN-LAW
20Jan54 NBC (original network airdate)  (Network Repeat 8Sep54) 
Guest Cast:
Mabel Paige, Norma Varden.
Synopsis 1:
Joan and Brad give up when their mothers arrive for a visit.
Synopsis 2:
Joan and Brad learn that too many mothers-in-law at the same time can be a problem.

2.16 [55] I Married Joan: MABEL'S DRESS
27Jan54 NBC (original network airdate)
Prod. no. 55 (copyright)
Written by Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp
Directed by John Rich.
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis #1:
Mabel's husband buys her a dress and sends it to Joan's house.
. Synopsis #2:
Brad rues the day he agreed to hide a dress belonging to the wife of a friend.

2.17 [56] I Married Joan: MONKEYSHINES
3Feb54 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 15Sep54)
Synopsis #1:
The Stevens plan to protect a half-million dollar chimpanzee from his scheming guardians.
Synopsis #2:
Joan's husband, Judge Stevens, is called on to decide the custody of a chimpanzee which has inherited a great deal of money. The
judge brings "Marty," the wealthy chimp, home with him, and Joan proceeds to handle things with her usual aplomb.

2.18 [57] I Married Joan: BEV'S MISTAKEN MARRIAGE
10Feb54 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 22Sep54)
Guest cast: Beverly Wills
Synopsis #1:
Wide-eyed Joan overhears her sister Beverly discussing elopement plans with her boyfriend.
Synopsis #2:
Joan thinks that her sister Beverly is planning to get married, but Beverly is really only helping a friend to tie the knot. The
misunderstanding gets more complicated when Joan takes it upon herself to "help out" with the arrangements.
(Aired 22Sep54 on WTMJ-4 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wednesday at 6:00pm)

2.19 [58] I Married Joan: MISSING WITNESS
17Feb54 NBC (original network airdate)
Prod. no. 2/19A (copyright)
Written by Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis: Joan runs her own private “Dragnet.”
(aired 17Feb54 on WTRF-7 & WKJF-53, Wednesdays at 8:00pm)

2.20 [59] I Married Joan: ANNIVERSARY MEMO
24Feb54 NBC (original network airdate)   
Prod. no. 2/20A (copyright)
Written by Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis #1:
Joan's eyes nearly pop when she sees a memo of Brad's reading "Send Ann Flowers."
Synopsis #2:
Judge Stevens leaves a hand written memo to himself and his wife finds it. [WM]

2.21 [60] I Married Joan: DENTED FENDER
3Mar54 NBC (original network airdate) (Network Repeat 30Mar55)   
Prod. no. 2/21A (copyright)
Written by Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford.
Synopsis #1:
Bills for fender repairs to the Stevens auto go so high they lead to a "You did it" "No you did it" quarrel between Brad and Joan.    
Synopsis #2:
Joan and Brad settle the eternal problem of who dented the fender.
Synopsis #3
When Brad notices a dented fender on the family automobile, Joan stoutly denies her guilt. [TA]
(NBC afternoon repeat 14Nov56, Wednesday 4:00pm Central)

2.22 [61] I Married Joan: MOUNTAIN LODGE
10Mar54 NBC (original network airdate) (Network repeat 6Apr55) 
Prod. no. 2/24 (copyright)
Written by Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp
Directed by John Rich.
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford.
Synopsis:
Complications arise when, unknown to one another, Joan and Brad each write $1000 checks on their joint account at the same time.

2.23 [62] I Married Joan: HOME OF THE WEEK
17Mar54 NBC (original network airdate)
Prod no. 2/22A (copyright)
Written by Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis #1:
Brad is in serious trouble as a result of Joan’s attempts to make their home appear luxuriously furnished for a "Home of the
Week" photo. After Joan borrows expensive furnishings for the photo shoot, accusations fly that Brad is taking bribes.
Synopsis #2:
Joan borrows the neighbors' best furnishings, and asks the newspaper to send a photographer to the house to take pictures
for the "Home of the Week" section.

2.24 [63] I Married Joan: POP RETIRES
24Mar54 NBC (original network airdate)
Prod. no. 76 (copyright)
Written by Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz
Directed by John Rich
film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis #1:
Joan, and her father who, if I remember correctly, is just as dizzy as she is go to an airplane factory, and wind up in
a wind tunnel, where they both fly. <Scott96@aol.com>
Synopsis #2:
Brad writes his folks suggesting they retire and come and live with him and Joan. But the letter reaches his in-laws instead.
El Brendel , as Joan's father, becomes a permanent member of the cast.

2.25 [64] I Married Joan: CHANGING HOUSES
31Mar54 NBC (original network airdate)   
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN

I Married Joan - Changing Houses 1/5 (1954) - 2/5 3/5 4/5 5/5
Written by Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis:
Joan and Brad swap homes for a week with their neighbors Mabel and Charlie.

2.26 [65] I Married Joan: JEALOUSY
7Apr54 NBC (original network airdate)
Prod. no. 56 (copyright)
Written by Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford.
Synopsis #1:
A psychologist friend of Joan’s tells her that a good way to judge a husband’s love is to see whether he exhibits jealousy.
Synopsis #2:
A marital expert leads Joan to believe Brad doesn't love her because he never acts jealous.
Synopsis #3:
Joan and Mabel do a little research into the question of husbands and jealousy.

2.27 [66] I Married Joan: GET RICH QUICK
14Apr54 NBC (original network airdate)
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN
Written by Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis:
A get-rich-quick scheme suddenly involves Joan, Brad and all their friends in "the biggest uranium mine in South America."

2.28 [67] I Married Joan: MASQUERADE
21Apr54 NBC (original network airdate)
Synopsis:
Joan and her girl friends plan a masquerade dance, but the husbands are reluctant to wear costumes.

2.29 [68] I Married Joan: THE MILKMAN COMETH
28Apr54 NBC (original network airdate)   
Prod. no. 2/29A (copyright)
Written by Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis:
Joan plays marriage counselor and good friend to her pals Mabel and Charlie.

[--] 5May54 re-run of "Joan's Curiosity" (first aired 3Dec52)   
[--] 12May54 re-run of "Talent Scout" (first aired 17Jun53)

2.30 [69] I Married Joan: PREDICTIONS
19May54 NBC (original network airdate)
Prod. no. 85 (possibly 83) (copyright)
Written by Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford.
Synopsis #1:
On their 10th anniversary, Joan and Brad resurrect a list of predictions made concerning their married life.
Synopsis #2:
The Judge learns that Joan might have married a millionaire instead of himself, so Joan decides she'll prove that the millionaire is a pauper now.

[--] 26May54 re-run of "Brad's Broken Toe" (first aired 8Jul53)
[--] 2Jun54 re-run of "Bev's Boyfriend" (first aired 2Dec53)

2.31 [70] I Married Joan: BRAD'S INITIATION
(not to be confused with 2.07 "Initiation")
9Jun54 NBC (original network airdate)       
Prod. no. 2/25 (copyright)
Written by Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford.
Synopsis #1:
The judge is being initiated into a club, and phase one is a real toughie. He has to agree with everything his wife says. Joan
thinks he's ready for the asylum.
Synopsis #2:
The whole Stevens household is disrupted while Brad is trying to comply with the requirements for his initiation into a lodge.

[--] 16Jun54 re-run of "Circumstantial Evidence" (first aired 23Dec53)

2.32 [71] I Married Joan: CONFIDENCE
23Jun54 NBC (original network airdate)   
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN
Written by Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz, Jesse Goldstein
Directed by John Rich
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis:
Brad makes plans to go into politics, and Joan takes it on herself to install confidence into the judge.
(Aired 23Jun54 on WTMJ-4 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wednesday at 6:00pm)

[--] 30Jun54 re-run of "Double Wedding" (first aired 30Dec53)

2.33 [72] I Married Joan: JOAN'S HAIRCUT (copyright title)
7Jul54 airdate verified (season 2 finale)
(on the cover of TV Guide this week)
Prod. no. 82 (copyright)

I Married Joan - Joan's Haircut 1/5 (1954) 2/5 - 3/5 4/5 5/5
Written by Jesse Goldstein, Phil Sharp, Sherwood Schwartz
Directed by John Rich.
director of photography: Hal Mohr; film editor: Robert Stafford
Synopsis #1:
Brad is anxious to go to his college reunion, so he and Joan go to their barbers. Through two slight accidents both wind up with startling hairdos.
Synopsis #2:
The Stevens get a taste of their own medicine when, after making of someone else's haircut, they accidentally get radical new
styles just before a college reunion.
Synopsis #3:
Joan is unhappy about her appearance and refuses to go with Brad to a class reunion.
Synopsis #4:
Joan accidentally gets the Eddie Panda Haircut as a result
of eavesdropping on two women sitting on either side of her in the beauty
parlor, and not paying attention to the beautician who misunderstood her.
Brad goes to the barber shop, and as he is falling asleep in the chair keeps
repeating "Butch", an old college chum. The barber proceeds to give him a
"butch" haircut. <Scott96@aol.com>
(Local repeat 14Mar58 on WCSH-6, Portland, Maine, Friday at 5:00pm)

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Network Summer Re-Runs 14Jul54-22Sep54
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[--] 14Jul54 re-run of "The Recipe" (first aired 22Apr53, season 1)
[--] 21Jul54 re-run of "The Artist Show" (first aired 13May53)
[--] 28Jul54 re-run of "First Lie" (first aired 21Oct53)
[--] 4Aug54 re-run of "Furniture Quick Change" (first aired 28Oct53)
[--] 11Aug54 re-run of "Tropical Fish" (first aired 11Nov53)
[--] 18Aug54 re-run of "Missing Food" (a.k.a "Culinary Nightmare") (first aired 18Nov53)
[--] 25Aug54 re-run of "Lost Check" (first aired 9Dec53)
[--] 1Sep54 re-run of "Barbecue" (first aired 13Jan54)
[--] 8Sep54 re-run "Mothers-in-Law"(first aired 20Jan54)
[--] 15Sep54 re-run of "Monkeyshines" (first aired 3Feb54)
[--] 22Sep54 re-run of "Bev's Mistaken Marriage" (first aired 10Feb54)


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