LOVE THAT BOB a.k.a. THE BOB CUMMINGS SHOW: "Bob Retrenches" (1958 Laurel-McCadden Productions/NBC) Original Air Date: April 8, 1958. Starring Bob Cummings as Bob Collins, Rosemary deCamp as Margaret MacDonald, Ann B. Davis as Schultzy, Dwayne Hickman as Chuck MacDonald, Charles Lane as S. J. Jollison, Rose Marie as Bertha, Pattie Chapman as Gertrude, Dorothy Johnson as The Model. Written by Paul Henning, Shirl Gordon and Dick Wesson. Directed by Bob Cummings.
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It's initially a cause for celebration when Bob Collins Photography posts its most successful year to date, beating the past year's gross income by $7426.80. ($64,467.76 in today's dollars, btw.) Bob generously gives Schultzy extra money to treat her friends to the day's coffee break, tells nephew Chuck to treat himself to a new wardrobe using a charge card, and prepares to pay his 1957 income tax in one lump.
Bob's trip to pay the taxman ends the party, as the net income is a different story and turns out to be insufficient to satisfy the amount levied by the I.R.S. Every single expense now warrants Bob's closest scrutiny, from "flowers for gardener" (which turns out to be Bob's attempt to woo Ava Gardner) all the way down to that diamond needle for Chuck's record player.
In an effort to make up for lost income, coffee is no longer free and Chuck is sent out to collect on past due accounts. But why stop there....? Schultzy adds an idea of her own as Bob sets out to persuade I.R.S. Agent Jollison that those so-called "dates" are actually business expenditures: just research and development (of new models) which should be deductible, right?
|I don't think he's buyin' it, Bob...|
|Dorothy Johnson at right with our loverboy|
|Charles Lane and Rose Marie|
WHO WAS BLOCKING?
With money on the brain for everyone, Bob faced no resistance to his efforts to romance his prospective new model. Hell, even Schultzy was encouraging him here, since The Show proved to be profitable!
DID BOB SCORE?
Our playboy lays one on Ms. Johnson during her audition, so he seemed on his way. However, Jollison's ill-timed office call landed Bob in the clink for fraud at the fadeout, so in the end I'd have to say no. (At least, he probably didn't want to score there.) Though he did give Schultzy a noticeably longer kiss than usual earlier, when things appeared successful......
Not a bad episode by any means, just unexceptional. A significant number of smiles, though; this one only suffers in comparison to howlers like Bob Gives S.R.O. Performance and Bob Goes Bird Watching that had aired recently. The gags may not be gut-busters but they go down easy enough. Cummings the director has another inspired moment near the end with his presentation of the high-demand "performance and coffee", but there's fewer of those from him and the writers than we've become accustomed to in Bob Retrenches. (**1/2 out of four)