The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (season 2)

This is a list of episodes from the second season of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; the series' on-screen title was shortened to Dobie Gillis starting with this season.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Season 2
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes36
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1960 (1960-09-27) –
June 27, 1961 (1961-06-27)
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The first half of the season explores Dobie Gillis' life as a senior at Central High School. Over the course of episodes 18 through 22, Dobie and his best friend Maynard G. Krebs graduate and enlist in the US Army. The rest of the season primarily centers upon Dobie and Maynard's misadventures in basic training, with a handful of episodes featuring the characters back in their Central City hometown while on leave.

Broadcast history edit

The season originally aired Tuesdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 27, 1960 to June 27, 1961.

Nielsen ratings edit

The season ranked twenty-third with a 23.0 rating.

DVD release edit

The Region 1 DVD of the entire series was released on July 2, 2013. A Season Two standalone set was released on January 14, 2014.

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Episodes edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
401"Who Needs Elvis?"Rod AmateauMax ShulmanSeptember 27, 1960 (1960-09-27)4401
Zelda helps Dobie win a jazz competition at school, even though it may mean losing him to the six-foot-tall Esme Lauterback.
Note: Dwayne Hickman sings "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" from his Dobie! album.
412"You Ain't Nothin' But a Houn' Dog"Rod AmateauLawrence Williams & Maggie WilliamsOctober 4, 1960 (1960-10-04)4402
Maynard alters Dobie's essay about his dog and enters it in a "Why My Dad is My Pal" contest, where it wins both the prize and Herbert's admiration.
Guest: Jack Albertson.
423"Baby Talk"Rod AmateauJoel KaneOctober 18, 1960 (1960-10-18)4405
Maynard discovers an abandoned baby in the park and he, Dobie and Zelda must figure out what to do with it.
Guest: Jo Anne Worley.
434"Dobie Goes Beatnik"Guy ScarpittaJoel KaneOctober 25, 1960 (1960-10-25)4404
Dobie makes a bad first impression on a visiting bigwig from Herbert's lodge, so Maynard shaves his beard and pretends to be Dobie and vice versa.
445"The Mystic Powers of Maynard G. Krebs"Rod AmateauMax ShulmanNovember 1, 1960 (1960-11-01)4406
Maynard's newly discovered powers of ESP catapult him to instant fame after Mrs. Osbourne puts him on TV to predict the results of the 1960 U.S. Presidential election.
Note: This episode was taken out of syndication after John F. Kennedy's assassination, as it concerned the Kennedy-Nixon election of 1960, which this episode aired one week before (Dobie Gillis was pre-empted on November 8 for election return coverage).
456"The Face That Stopped the Clock"Rod AmateauStory by : Max Shulman
Teleplay by : Fred S. Fox & Iz Elinson
November 15, 1960 (1960-11-15)4412
Encouraged by Dobie to go to work, Maynard takes a job selling job-lot clocks in a surplus store.
467"Maynard G. Krebs - Boy Millionaire"Rod AmateauJoel KaneNovember 22, 1960 (1960-11-22)4408
The money Maynard found in the park is all his -- if no one claims it.
Guests: Jack Albertson, Homer Garrett's Hollywood Square Dancers
478"Around My Room in 80 Days"Rod AmateauLawrence Williams, Maggie Williams & Max ShulmanNovember 29, 1960 (1960-11-29)4407
Dobie and Maynard try to convince a brilliant but bitter friend not to drop out of school.
489"Drag Strip Dobie"Rod AmateauBud Nye & Joel KaneDecember 6, 1960 (1960-12-06)4409
In order to compete with Chatsworth for the attention of speed-lover Charlotte Lamarr, Dobie dupes Zelda into helping him build a sporty hot rod.
4910"Jangle Bells"Rod AmateauLawrence Williams, Maggie Williams & Joel KaneDecember 20, 1960 (1960-12-20)4413
Dobie passes up an invitation to Maynard's Christmas party in favor of a ritzy affair at Osborne Manor.
Note: Dwayne Hickman sings "I Pass Your House" from his Dobie! album.
5011"Parlez-Vous English?"Guy ScarpittaMax ShulmanDecember 27, 1960 (1960-12-27)4414
Winifred's plan to introduce Dobie to culture falters when the bohemian daughter of a visiting French artist makes a play for Herbert. Based on one of Shulman's original short stories from I was a Teenage Dwarf.
Guest: Danielle De Metz
5112"The Day the Teachers Disappeared"Rod AmateauStory by : Rod Amateau
Teleplay by : Dean Riesner
January 3, 1961 (1961-01-03)4411
A flu epidemic among the teachers forces Mr. Pomfritt to recruit parents as substitute teachers.
Note: Dwayne Hickman sings "Don't Send a Rabbit" from his Dobie! album.
5213"What's My Lion?"Robert GordonStory by : Rod Amateau
Teleplay by : Dean Riesner
January 10, 1961 (1961-01-10)4410
Maynard captures a runaway lion (Zamba), the gift of an oil-rich Eastern potentate.
5314"The Big Question"Rod AmateauMax Shulman & Joel KaneJanuary 24, 1961 (1961-01-24)4417
About to graduate from high school, Dobie and Maynard must write an essay for Mr. Pomfritt on the question "whither are we drifting?" -- that is, what they plan to do with their lives as adults.
5415"Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?"Robert GordonStory by : Rod Amateau
Teleplay by : Ray Allen
January 31, 1961 (1961-01-31)4415
Dobie talks Herbert into renewing his courtship of Winnie.
5516"The Bitter Feud of Dobie and Maynard"Stanley Z. CherryStory by : Rod Amateau
Teleplay by : Joel Kane
February 7, 1961 (1961-02-07)4418
Maynard fears that he is holding his good buddy Dobie back, so he masterminds a feud to break up their friendship.
5617"Zelda, Get Off My Back"Rod AmateauStory by : Max Shulman
Teleplay by : Lawrence & Maggie Williams
February 14, 1961 (1961-02-14)4416
To improve his grades, Chatsworth woos the brainy Zelda Gilroy.
5718"I Was a High School Scrooge"Rod AmateauMax ShulmanFebruary 21, 1961 (1961-02-21)4420
Dobie campaigns for the senior class to raise money to help an ex-football hero alumnus of Central High, unaware that the old grad is now a rich industrialist who plans to sue for defamation of character.
Guest: Douglas Dumbrille.
5819"Will Success Spoil Dobie's Mother?"Rod AmateauStory by : Max Shulman
Teleplay by : Ray Allen
February 28, 1961 (1961-02-28)4419
Winifred enters a contest using Dobie's name and wins him a much-publicized date with a blonde starlet.
Note: Dwayne Hickman, Sheila James, and Bob Denver sing "Don't Shoot the Man in the Moon" from Hickman's Dobie! album.
5920"The Second Childhood of Herbert T. Gillis"Robert GordonJoel KaneMarch 7, 1961 (1961-03-07)4421
As Dobie prepares to graduate, Herbert -- ashamed because he never graduated from high school -- takes night classes from the same professor who teaches Dobie during the day.
6021"Dobie vs. the Machine"Rod AmateauMalvin Wald & Max ShulmanMarch 14, 1961 (1961-03-14)4423
Recent graduates Dobie and Maynard seek advice about their future from a variety of sources, including a computer.
6122"Baby Shoes"Robert GordonLawrence Williams, Maggie Williams & Max ShulmanMarch 21, 1961 (1961-03-21)4422
Herbert, Winifred and Zelda reminisce as new enlistees Dobie and Maynard prepare to leave for the army.
6223"I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier, Sailor or Marine"Rod AmateauJoel KaneMarch 28, 1961 (1961-03-28)4424
When Maynard misses the bus to boot camp, Dobie convinces Chatsworth to stand in for his missing buddy.
Guest: John Fiedler.
6324"The Chicken Corporal"Rod AmateauArnold HorwittApril 4, 1961 (1961-04-04)4425
To keep a double date, Dobie must help Maynard pass an army fitness test.
6425"The Solid Gold Dog-Tag"Guy ScarpittaDean RiesnerApril 11, 1961 (1961-04-11)4427
Chatsworth enlists, despite the protests of his mother.
6526"The Battle of Maynard's Beard"Rod AmateauDean RiesnerApril 18, 1961 (1961-04-18)4429
Dobie defends Maynard's right to keep his beard while in the army.
6627"Spaceville"Rod AmateauArnold HorwittApril 25, 1961 (1961-04-25)4428
Dobie, Maynard and a chimpanzee participate in the ground testing of a space capsule.
6728"Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Wow"Rod AmateauRay AllenMay 2, 1961 (1961-05-02)4430
Winnie learns that the mother of Dobie's latest girl is one of Herbert's old flames.
Guest: Yvonne Craig.
6829"Dobie Plays Cupid"Rod AmateauJoel KaneMay 9, 1961 (1961-05-09)4431
Dobie tries to bolster Maynard's confidence with women, but his timid buddy becomes an eyebrow-twitching Casanova.
Guest: Trudi Ziskind
6930"Like Father, Like Son, Like Trouble"Stanley Z. CherryBud NyeMay 16, 1961 (1961-05-16)4432
Starring in a play about a gallant war hero, Dobie continues his role offstage in order to impress the pretty daughter of an army colonel.
7031"Be It Ever So Humble"Rod AmateauArnold HorwittMay 23, 1961 (1961-05-23)4433
When Dobie thinks Maynard has gone AWOL, he secures a pass by claiming his father is deathly ill -- just as Herbert is facing an insurance physical.
7132"Ah! Yer Fadder Wears Army Shoes"Rod AmateauBill Gammie & Max ShulmanMay 30, 1961 (1961-05-30)4435
Dobie tells a pretty WAC that his war-hero father was "missing in action."
7233"Everything But the Truth"Stanley Z. CherryJoel KaneJune 6, 1961 (1961-06-06)4434
Zelda brags to an old classmate, lying that she and Dobie are secretly engaged.
Guest: Trudi Ziskind
7334"Goodbye, Mr. Pomfritt - Hello, Mr. Chips"Guy ScarpittaJoel KaneJune 13, 1961 (1961-06-13)4436
Hoping to prevent Mr. Pomfritt from quitting teaching, Dobie and Maynard plan a reunion of his former students.
7435"Take Me to Your Leader"Rod AmateauLawrence Williams, Maggie Williams & Max ShulmanJune 20, 1961 (1961-06-20)4403
Dobie and Maynard tell their sergeant about the dark and stormy night the Martians invaded Central City while Dobie and Maynard were still in high school.
Note: The army framing scenes were added because the episode had been shot earlier in the production schedule, before Dobie's and Maynard's enlistments.
7536"This Ain't the Way We Used to Do It"Stanley Z. CherryBud NyeJune 27, 1961 (1961-06-27)4426
Herbert shows Dobie's platoon what a real soldier should be.

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