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Dennis the Menace 1959 title screen, used up until 1962.

This is a list of episodes from the 1959–1963 United States television series Dennis the Menace. The series is based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name.

The series ran for four seasons for a total of 146 episodes from October 4, 1959 (1959-10-04) to July 7, 1963 (1963-07-07).

All of the episodes in this show are black-and-white.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
132October 4, 1959 (1959-10-04)June 6, 1960 (1960-06-06)
238October 2, 1960 (1960-10-02)June 25, 1961 (1961-06-25)
338October 1, 1961 (1961-10-01)July 1, 1962 (1962-07-01)
438September 30, 1962 (1962-09-30)July 7, 1963 (1963-07-07)


Season 1 (1959–60)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Dennis Goes to the Movies"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerOctober 4, 1959 (1959-10-04)

Dennis successfully eludes a babysitter (whom he has never met) and sneaks out of the house and goes to a cowboy movie that his parents also go to while Joey, pretending to be Dennis, is left with the babysitter. Madge Blake appears as Mrs. Porter the babysitter.

Note: This pilot was made late in 1958. Mrs. Wilson does not appear. Also, due to editing issues, the final two-minute scene was shot in August 1959, when Dennis obviously had a different hairstyle and sounded more polished than during the rest of the episode.
22"Dennis and the Signpost"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerOctober 11, 1959 (1959-10-11)

Dennis and Tommy fix a fallen street signpost but fail to notice they've put it up with the street names facing in the wrong direction. Because of the mix up, Mr. Wilson gets a pool dug in his yard instead of it being re-seeded. Suddenly, everyone in the neighborhood wants to be Mr. Wilson's friend.

Note: This is the first appearance of Martha Wilson, Tommy Anderson (Billy Booth), Margaret Wade and Lucy Elkins as well as the first of six appearances in the first season by Ron Howard as Dennis' friend Stewart. Mrs. Wilson, played by Sylvia Field, appeared in several episodes that were made before but aired after this one. While this was the eighth episode made in the summer of 1959, it was the second episode to air.
33"The Fishing Trip"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerOctober 18, 1959 (1959-10-18)

Henry and Mr. Wilson have a fishing trip planned and are trying to keep Dennis from finding out. Dennis however knows something is up when he sees a package delivered to the house that has fishing stuff in it and so it turns out to be a long night for Dennis as he won't rest until he finds out what's in the package. Eventually he figures it out and so Henry and Mr. Wilson end up taking Dennis along after all.

Note: This was the second episode made but held back in order to air a more recent episode where the cast is more established.
44"Grandpa and Miss Cathcart"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerOctober 25, 1959 (1959-10-25)

Dennis tries to fix up his Grandpa Perkins (James Bell) with Miss Cathcart and other ladies in the neighborhood. Miss Cathcart takes an interest in him, sings for him, and pretty much makes him miserable. Robert B. Williams appears as Mr. Dorfman the Mailman.

Note: Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear in this episode. This is the first appearance for Esther Cathcart, played by Mary Wickes.
55"Innocents in Space"William D. RussellGeorge TibblesNovember 1, 1959 (1959-11-01)
Mr. Wilson gets a telescope and is convinced he spotted a missing satellite in space. What he actually spotted was a ping-pong ball that glows in the dark from Dennis' pop gun that Dennis was shooting in the air to win a contest from a kids TV show called Captain Blast (Parley Baer).
66"Dennis' Garden"William D. RussellHannibal Coons & Milton Pascal & George TibblesNovember 8, 1959 (1959-11-08)
Henry and Mr. Wilson decide to plant Dennis a flower garden of his own hoping to keep Dennis out of Mr. Wilson's flower garden. Dennis thinks the Dahlia bulbs that Mr. Wilson planted in his garden were scraggly sweet potatoes, so he digs them out and puts in fresh real sweet potatoes. Henry goes to replace them, but Dennis already has, so the mix up still exists. Mr. Wilson unknowingly plants his Dahlia bulbs in Dennis' garden. They both win blue ribbons for their gardens.
77"The New Neighbors"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerNovember 15, 1959 (1959-11-15)

Mr. Wilson helps an old neighbor sell his house. He tries to talk a retired couple with no children into moving in next door, which almost works until Dennis and his friends come bursting into Mr. Wilson's house and the couple see how loud things will be. So, what happens is the window repair man is moving in next door, and he has 4 kids, which is not what Mr. Wilson wanted at all.

Note: This was the first of only two appearances in the series for Tommy's often-mentioned mother, Mrs. Anderson, played by character actress Jean Howell. The other was in the second season episode "Dennis and the Saxophone."
88"Tenting Tonight"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerNovember 22, 1959 (1959-11-22)

Mr. Wilson returns from a camping trip, inspiring Dennis and Tommy to camp out in the backyard. That night, Mr. Wilson mistakenly thinks the circus train has crashed and the animals have escaped, but the noises are only the Mitchells' neighbors, the Meltons (Dave Willock & Jenna McMahon), playing a sound-effects record for Henry and Alice.

Note: The soundtrack for this episode was released on side one of the 1960 album, "The Misadventures of Dennis the Menace" on Colpix Records.
99"Dennis Sells Bottles"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy Chantler & Clifford GoldsmithNovember 29, 1959 (1959-11-29)

Dennis thinks his father is broke, so he sells bottles in an attempt to make some extra money while informing the neighborhood of the Mitchells' dire straits.

Note: Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear in this episode. This is the first appearance for grocer Otis Quigley, played by Willard Waterman. The soundtrack to this episode was released on side two of the 1960 album, "The Misadventures of Dennis the Menace" on Colpix Records.
1010"Mr. Wilson's Award"Don TaylorWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerDecember 6, 1959 (1959-12-06)
Mr. Wilson is to receive a surprise plaque at a town meeting, but he is planning on a vacation that same day. The Mitchells start a rumor that they are moving to New York in order to keep Mr. Wilson in town to receive the plaque. However, things start getting a little out of hand once Dennis gets word of it. Soon the whole neighborhood thinks the Mitchells really are moving to New York.
1111"The Christmas Story"
"Dennis & Christmas"
Don TaylorWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerDecember 20, 1959 (1959-12-20)
It's Christmas time and Dennis is going around the house looking for his presents. Henry and Alice think they have the perfect place to hide them, The Wilsons` house in Mr. Wilson's closet. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson come over for Christmas eve. Dennis figures it out when he goes over to the Wilsons' house, opens the closet door and sees his gifts.
1212"Dennis and the Cowboy"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerDecember 27, 1959 (1959-12-27)

Dennis hopes to meet Whip Crawford, his cowboy idol, after Mrs. Webster (Isabel Randolph) tells Dennis that Whip will be in the community pageant. Whip doesn't want to be in the play because he claims his feet hurt, so he tries to dodge Mrs. Webster and everyone else. Dennis, who doesn't give up, does everything he can to get Whip Crawford in the play including going to his hotel room and talking to Whip himself which in the end works.

Note: The role of Crawford is played by Brad Johnson (1924–1981), who had been the deputy Lofty Craig on the syndicated western series Annie Oakley. This was the third episode made, and had been held to show more recently made episodes. It also is the first episode to include Dennis' rival Johnny Brady, played by Gregory Irvin. (Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear in this episode.)[1]
1313"Dennis Haunts a House"Charles BartonGeorge TibblesJanuary 3, 1960 (1960-01-03)
Dennis, Tommy, and Stewart start a clubhouse in Mr. Wilson's crawl-space. After the fortune-teller Madame Tina (Maudie Prickett) tells Mr. Wilson that he will hear from one of his late relatives, he hears noises in the house and thinks a late relative has come back from the dead, but it's Dennis and his friends in the basement.
1414"Dennis' Tree House"Charles BartonWilliam Cowley & Peggy Chantler & Hannibal CoonsJanuary 10, 1960 (1960-01-10)

Dennis has a tree house that hangs over Mr. Wilson's back yard. Mr. Wilson is not thrilled about it because he thinks that Dennis up in the tree house will scare all the birds away. Mr. Wilson attempts to teach Dennis about bird watching. Dennis takes care of a sick bird, which proves to be the first of its species ever found in their region, prompting a visit by an excited bird club official, Mr. Pomeroy (Maurice Manson).
Note: This is the first of only two appearances in the series of Tommy's father, Mr. Anderson, although he is mentioned in many episodes spanning the show's entire run. Mr. Anderson, who is played by Lee Millar, also appeared in the third-season episode, "Dennis and the Pee Wee League."

While Byron Foulger plays Mr. Timberlake in this episode as well as "Dennis and the Dog" later in the first season, Maurice Manson took over the role beginning in the second season and played Timberlake in four episodes spanning the rest of the series.
1515"Dennis and the Rare Coin"Don TaylorWilliam Cowley & Peggy Chantler & Louella McFarlaneJanuary 17, 1960 (1960-01-17)

Mr. Wilson pays $250.00 for a rare gold coin from a con artist that turns out to be a fake coin. Mrs. Wilson, without realizing what it is, lets Dennis take it to use in a wishing well, which was the town fountain. Mr. Wilson gets arrested for wading in the fountain looking for his coin. Mr. Wilson wishes that Dennis would go on vacation for a week and his wish comes true in the end when he learns that Dennis is going to his Grandpa's for a week. Notes: While at the police station, Dennis mentions on his last visit he was given ice cream. He was referring to an early episode that already had been made, but was not aired until later the first season, called "Dennis Runs Away."

Also, this is the first appearance of Sgt. Harold Mooney (George Cisar).
1616"Dennis and the Bike"Charles BartonWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerJanuary 24, 1960 (1960-01-24)
Dennis wants a bike so bad that he will do almost anything to get one such as taking one away from another child, trying to win one in a bean contest, riding Mr. Wilson's exercise bike, and getting engaged to Margaret. Finally in the end Henry takes Dennis shopping for a bike.
1717"Dennis and the Open House"Don TaylorStory by : Cally Curtis
Teleplay by : George Tibbles
February 7, 1960 (1960-02-07)

The Mitchells are having a party to entertain one of Henry's clients, Mr. Purdy (Grandon Rhodes), but people are having trouble finding the house. Dennis finds an open house sign and puts it in the front yard and soon the house is over run with people who think that the house is for sale.

Note: This was the fifth episode made and Margaret Wade's (Jeannie Russell) first episode, although several later episodes with her appearance air prior to this one.
1818"Dennis and the Duck"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerFebruary 14, 1960 (1960-02-14)

Mr. Wilson is plagued by a duck that Dennis adopted when its original owner moved away. At first Dennis hides the duck from his parents, but when Mr. Wilson complains about the damage caused to his garden and himself, Dennis reluctantly admits to having the duck. His father helps Dennis build an enclosure for the duck, but Mr. Wilson continues to have problems with Dennis' new pet -- and begins to scheme how to get rid of it even if Dennis and his parents won't.

Note: This was the sixth episode made.
1919"Dennis and the Swing"Charles BartonGeorge Tibbles & Paul West & David SchwartzFebruary 21, 1960 (1960-02-21)
Henry tries to take Alice out for their anniversary which Henry completely forgot about. Meanwhile, Dennis wants to put up a swing in his yard and ends up chasing a cat who Mr. Wilson is house sitting for up a tree in the process. Dennis and Tommy then recruit an ice cream man to help get the cat out of the tree and put up the swing rope. The ice cream truck shuts down and the driver must store his ice cream in Henry's freezer.
2020"Dennis and the Dog"Charles BartonPhil LeslieFebruary 28, 1960 (1960-02-28)
Mr. Wilson wants to enter one of his paintings in the local art exhibit. Dennis takes care of a dog named Charlie who accidentally paints over Mr. Wilson's painting with his tail. Mr. Wilson enters a different painting, but the painting that wins is the one Charlie painted over. Byron Foulger appears as Frederick Timberlake, one of the judges.
2121"Mr. Wilson's Sister"Charles BartonWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerMarch 6, 1960 (1960-03-06)
Dennis meets Mr. Wilson's sister, Helen. Helen brings George a book he had as a child, Treasure Island. She reads the book to Dennis and Tommy, and they become fascinated with buried treasure. Mr. Wilson draws a treasure map to trick the boys into tilling his garden plot. When Dennis and the other boys start digging they find a treasure only it came off a costume bracelet of Alice's that Henry put there for the boys to find. But, when Mr. Wilson sees it he starts getting excited until he finds out that it isn't real treasure.
2222"Dennis and the TV Set"Charles BartonWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerMarch 13, 1960 (1960-03-13)
When Dennis notices that his friend has his own TV set, he will do anything he can to convince his parents to buy him a TV set of his own. Henry and Alice both turn him down. Mr. Wilson shows Dennis how to work the remote control for his TV. Dennis uses his friend's remote to operate Mr. Wilson's television from Dennis' bedroom window, and Mr. Wilson cannot understand what is happening. Dub Taylor appears as Opie Swanson, the repair man.
2323"Dennis Creates a Hero"Charles BartonWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerMarch 20, 1960 (1960-03-20)
Dennis wants his dad to be a hero so bad after Johnny Brady's dad always seems to get his picture in the paper for some heroic act. So Dennis tries to talk the town newspaper publisher, Mr. Krinkie (Charles Seel) into putting Henry's picture in the paper and make him a hero. Through a mix-up, Henry does get his picture in the paper, but as a thief who stole from a church.
2424"Dennis' Paper Drive"Charles BartonStory by : William Cowley & Peggy Chantler & Arthur Marx and Mannie Manheim
Teleplay by : William Cowley & Peggy Chantler
April 10, 1960 (1960-04-10)

Dennis and a bunch of other town boys are collecting papers for a charity and the prize for the boy who collects the most papers is a Silver dollar. When Mr. Wilson gets word of that, he looks up the value of the Silver dollar and finds it's worth $600. He is determined to make sure that Dennis wins the prize so that he can get the silver dollar.

Note: Nancy Evans appears in this and the next episode as June Wilson, George's sister, who visits while Martha is out of town visiting her mother. This was the first of seven consecutive episodes in which Sylvia Field does not appear, and eight out of nine to end the first season. The only exception, "Dennis Runs Away," was filmed early in the first season but held because of editing issues.
2525"Dennis and the Bees"Charles BartonPhil LeslieApril 17, 1960 (1960-04-17)
Dennis and Tommy learn that local handyman Opie Swanson (Dub Taylor) might have to move because his bees can't find honey. To help the bees find honey Dennis sprays perfume on Mr. Wilson's camellias. Mr. Wilson of course gets carried away thinking he has developed a rare flower that will make him a fortune and enlists Merrivale the Florist (Will Wright) to help sell them. Then they discover that the fragrant smell was put there by Dennis.
2626"Alice's Birthday"Charles BartonGeorge TibblesApril 24, 1960 (1960-04-24)
Henry will be out of town for Alice's birthday, so he gives Dennis some money to buy her a present. Mr. Wilson sends him down to Finch's (Charles Lane) drug store to shop for his mother. When Dennis goes there he ends up causing chaos and to make matters worse he puts a sign on him telling people to get his mother birthday presents.
2727"Dennis Becomes a Baby Sitter"Charles BartonStory by : Hannibal Coons & Dick Wesson
Teleplay by : Hannibal Coons & Dick Wesson & William Cowley & Peggy Chantler
May 1, 1960 (1960-05-01)

Dennis needs to earn some money to buy some pet mice. Dennis goes to Mr. Wilson's house to see if there's any job he might have for him to do. While there, one of the mice gets out of the cage. Dennis catches the mouse, but messes up George's chess board. Meanwhile, Henry hires a sitter for Dennis for that evening. George tells Henry that he's having dinner with chess champion Monsieur Boucher and his wife, Madame Boucher (Hanna Landy). The problem is that they brought their son Michel with. George arranged for a babysitter for Michel. Henry suggests Michel stay with Dennis. Henry and Mr. Wilson mistakenly both cancel their respective sitters. Michel is dropped off at the Mitchell house. Another misunderstanding causes the boys to be left alone. Dennis decides to be the babysitter. The Mitchell's and their guest run into George and the Bouchers at the same restaurant. There they discover that both sitters were cancelled. They race back to the house only to find everything is OK. Dennis gets paid the money he needs for the mice.

Note: This was the seventh episode made, but was held for later airing because of editing issues.
2828"Dennis and the Starlings"Charles BartonWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerMay 8, 1960 (1960-05-08)
Mr. Wilson has a yard full of starlings that he desperately wants to get rid of. George's birthday is the next day and Dennis wants to give him a loaf of bread to feed the starlings as a gift. While trying to scare the birds away, Mr. Wilson locks himself out of his house. Alice suggests the neighborhood chip in and hire a professional to get rid of the birds. Meanwhile, Miss Cathcart is detaining Mr. Dorfman and he would like to get back to his route. George wants to hire Mr. Prince (Forrest Lewis) to do the job. Mr. Prince has a record that when played will make the starlings fly away. Dennis learns that Mr. Wilson doesn't want the birds around. Dennis wants to help, so he puts liver up in the tree thinking that will make the birds leave. The next day, Miss Cathcart, Mr. Prince and the Mitchells meet at George's house. Before Mr. Prince can play the record, Dennis accidentally breaks it. To cheer everyone up, Miss Cathcart sings a song, and her voice drives the starlings away. Mr. Wilson, thinking he will have peace and quiet, now must deal with a tree full of meowing cats who went there for the liver.
2929"The Party Line"Charles BartonWilliam Cowley & Peggy Chantler & George TibblesMay 15, 1960 (1960-05-15)

Ed and Catherine Driscoll (Arthur Hanson & June Dayton) are new neighbors, but problems arise as their phone is on a shared line with the Mitchells. Henry gets angry at Mr. Driscoll for monopolizing the line, not realizing that Dennis and his friends actually were the ones using it, and furthermore that Mr. Driscoll is a valued client of Henry's company.

Note: Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear in this episode. This is the last episode until "The Big Basketball Game" in season 4 that does not include either a Mr. or Mrs. Wilson character.
3030"Dennis by Proxy"Charles BartonGeorge TibblesMay 22, 1960 (1960-05-22)
Dennis hears that the city is tearing down Mr. Dorfman's "Postman's Rest" bench in favor of a parking lot. Dennis, Tommy, Margaret and Stewart try to build him a new one but Dennis gets sick and has to stay in the house and watch the other 3 try to build the bench.
3131"Dennis Runs Away"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerMay 29, 1960 (1960-05-29)

Dennis has nobody to play with after Joey goes home. With everyone else busy, and since nobody can drive him, he decides to walk to his grandfather's house but is stopped by the police. At the police station, he refuses to tell his name, is given ice cream, and causes further havoc including putting cement in Mr. Wilson's bowling ball and accidentally handcuffing an officer.

Note: This was the fourth episode made, but was held for later airing because of editing issues. Billy Booth appeared but was not called "Tommy" even though the character of Tommy Anderson already was established. This is the final appearance in the series of Joey McDonald, who was played by Gil Smith, although he occasionally was mentioned in the second season and as late as the fourth-season episode "First Editions."
3232"Miss Cathcart's Sunsuit"Norman AbbottWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerJune 12, 1960 (1960-06-12)
Dennis and Tommy's efforts to sell Valentine's Day cards in July cause problems for Miss Cathcart, Mr. Dorfman, Mr. Wilson, and even Mr. Carlson (Tyler McVey) the gardener. Mr. Wilson buys the rest of Dennis' cards, hoping to avoid more trouble. Now all the teenagers in the town want Valentine's cards, causing a run on them. They all go to Mr. Wilson's house causing him to end up in trouble with the police.

Season 2 (1960–61)

Strangely, most episodes in this season replace the 1960 Screen Gems logo with the 1955 Screen Gems logo, with the exception of Episode 4 of this season, which is the only Season 2 episode to use the 1960 Screen Gems logo. The next 2 seasons replace the 1955 Screen Gems logo with the 1960 Screen Gems logo. Instead of having the amount of episodes being 32 again, it is being 38.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
331"Out of Retirement"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerOctober 2, 1960 (1960-10-02)
Mr. Wilson's former employer, Mr. Cramer (Vinton Hayworth), offers him an executive position at his old company, but it will require him to relocate to Pittsburgh. Dennis doesn't want him to go, but when Mr. Wilson decides to take the job, Dennis blames himself and runs away from home.
342"Dennis and the Wedding"William D. RussellLouella MacFarlaneOctober 9, 1960 (1960-10-09)
Mr. Wilson's niece Georgiana is getting married and asks Dennis to be the ring bearer. Mr. Wilson is nervous about hosting his niece's upcoming wedding, especially with Dennis being involved. Dennis does manage to disrupt the wedding rehearsal, but things run smoothly after that. Elinor Donahue appears as Mr. Wilson's niece. Note: Despite the appearances of two of Mr. Wilson's sisters and mentions of Mrs. Wilson's mother and at least two sisters in the first season, as well as the existence of George Wilson's brother John, Mr. Wilson refers to himself and Martha being "the only family (his niece) has left" as the reason why they are hosting the wedding.
353"Dennis and the Radio Set"William D. RussellJames FondaOctober 16, 1960 (1960-10-16)
Mr. Wilson gives Dennis an old radio set that he accidentally bid on at an auction, and it turns out to have cash hidden inside. After an ad is put in the paper, people appear, each of them claiming to be the owner. Ellen Corby appears as Miss Douglas, the rightful owner. Hal Smith appears as the Auctioneer.
364"Dennis and the Ham-pher"William D. RussellPhil LeslieOctober 23, 1960 (1960-10-23)
Dennis gets what he thinks is a hamster, but it turns out to be a gopher that escapes from its cage and almost ruins Mr. Wilson's yard.
375"The Stock Certificate"William D. RussellPhil LeslieOctober 30, 1960 (1960-10-30)
Mr. Wilson has a stock certificate worth $500 and safeguards it inside his phone book, which is then accidentally given away for disposal with thousands of identical books. After the warehouse is carefully searched in vain, it is discovered Dennis had removed the certificate earlier to decorate his treehouse.
386"Man of the House"William D. RussellLouella MacFarlaneNovember 6, 1960 (1960-11-06)
With his father away on a business trip and his mother sick in bed with a cold, Dennis has to be the "man of the house". A cleaning woman is hired (Olive Carey), but quickly quits, without Alice knowing. This leaves Dennis doing the laundry with Margaret's help, and arranging a dinner party with his friends in connection with a sales pitch. Alan Hewitt appears as Alistair St. Clair, the salesman that set up the dinner. Note: Sylvia Field does not appear in this episode.
397"The Rock Collection"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerNovember 13, 1960 (1960-11-13)
To shoo Dennis away, Wilson suggests he starts rock collecting, even offering a contest for him and the other boys for the best collection. At the same time, he's trying to sell a scruffy real estate lot nearby. Dennis's father innocently spreads some valueless gold ore samples on the property for Dennis to find for his collection, but potential buyers think it might be actual Gold.
408"Henry and Togetherness"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerNovember 20, 1960 (1960-11-20)
Mr. Wilson tricks Henry out of playing golf so that he'll spend more time with Dennis, and that way Dennis won't bother Mr. Wilson all day. Meanwhile, Dennis and Tommy try to deal with a hole Dennis accidentally put in the fish tank.
419"Paint-up, Clean-up Week"William D. RussellDick Conway & Roland MacLaneNovember 27, 1960 (1960-11-27)
The town holds a Paint-up, Clean-up Week campaign, and everyone spruces up their place. Dennis wants to help but gets in Mr. Wilson's way. He gives Dennis a bucket of red paint for his wagon to keep him busy. Dennis spills the paint on the curb in front of Mr. Wilson's house. He decides to paint the rest of the curb to make it look better. Sgt. Mooney comes by and Mr. Wilson gets blamed for it. Note: This episode along with two others, "Mr. Wilson's Uncle" and "Community Picnic" was transcribed by Hank Ketcham into a special edition comic book called "Dennis the Menace Television Special".
4210"Dennis Learns to Whistle"William D. RussellStory by : James Fonda
Teleplay by : Phil Leslie
December 4, 1960 (1960-12-04)
Both Dennis and Mr. Wilson are ashamed that they have never learned to whistle, and try everything they can think of, including eating very sour cherries, to be able to do so. Note: This episode marks Robert John Pittman's first appearance in the series, though he was not yet credited as Seymour. He appeared as Harold's little brother in "Dennis' Allowance" and Rikki in "Dennis Goes to Camp" and did not play Seymour until "The Fortune Cookie."
4311"The Raffle Ticket"William D. RussellHannibal Coons & James FondaDecember 18, 1960 (1960-12-18)
Mr. Wilson is conducting a car raffle for his lodge, and Dennis wants to win the car for his mother. Through a mixup, Mrs. Wilson gives Dennis what turns out to be the winning ticket which had originally been bought by her husband. Dennis proceeds to sell that ticket to Mrs. Courtland (Lurene Tuttle). She is so grateful to Dennis, she gives him her old car, a Baker Electric to give to his mother. Meanwhile, Henry had already bought Alice a new car.
4412"The Christmas Horse"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerDecember 25, 1960 (1960-12-25)
Dennis is sure that he's going to get a horse for Christmas, even though his parents repeatedly tell him that he isn't. Then Dennis hears that Johnny Fleming, another boy in the neighborhood, has gotten a pony -- and he heads there to claim it, certain Santa must have delivered it to the wrong house. Dennis does a lot of Christmas gift trading to try and get the horse. Henry Beckman and Irene Vernon appear as Johnny's parents.
4513"Dennis' Allowance"William D. RussellBudd GrossmanJanuary 1, 1961 (1961-01-01)
Dennis asks his father for an allowance of $.25 per week. Henry says he'll give it to him with the condition that he learns the value of money first by earning it himself. Dennis and Tommy start a dog washing business, a golf course in the front yard, a pet cemetery, with none of the ideas working out. Eventually, Henry learns giving Dennis an allowance would have been cheaper in the long run.
4614"Dennis' Penny Collection"William D. RussellHannibal CoonsJanuary 8, 1961 (1961-01-08)
Mr. Wilson helps Dennis start a penny collection, hoping it will preoccupy him quietly indoors. However, Dennis repeatedly pesters Mr. Quigley, the grocer, for rolls of coins and spills them on the floor of the store. Then he tries to get into an armored car to look for pennies. In the course of trying to stop Dennis, Mr. Wilson gets arrested because it appears as though he's trying to break in.
4715"Dennis, the Campaign Manager"William D. RussellLouella MacFarlaneJanuary 15, 1961 (1961-01-15)
Dennis convinces Mr. Wilson to run for park commissioner so that he'll open the park all week long instead of just the weekend. Dennis goes to the local TV station and convinces them to put Mr. Wilson on the "Around The Town" show. Just as a TV camera crew arrives at the Wilsons' home, angry neighbors burst in, complaining of Dennis's campaign signs that have been placed all over their properties. Walter Reed appears as Mike Thompson, the host of the TV show. Jane Nigh appears as Miss Rawlings, who works at the TV station.
4816"Miss Cathcart's Friend"William D. RussellArnold Peyser & Lois PeyserJanuary 22, 1961 (1961-01-22)
Dennis would like to find Miss Cathcart a best friend, so he wants to get her a dog named Arthur from the pound. Dennis tells Miss Cathcart that Arthur will be by for dinner later on. However, Arthur Prilych (John Zaremba), the dog's owner is looking for him and ends up showing up at Miss Cathcart's house before Dennis brings the dog over to her. She mistakenly thinks that the man is the friend instead of the dog. Mel Blanc of cartoon fame has a major role as the dog pound owner.
4917"Pythias Was a Piker"William D. RussellPhil LeslieJanuary 29, 1961 (1961-01-29)
Dennis tells Mr. Wilson that he is writing a school composition entitled "My Best Friend" and it will be about him. Mr. Wilson tells Dennis to go away and Mrs. Elkins hears him. To prove to Mrs. Elkins that he doesn't hate children, Mr. Wilson goes to great lengths to be kind to Dennis and be his best friend.
5018"Dennis and the Saxophone"William D. RussellWilliam Cowley & Peggy ChantlerFebruary 5, 1961 (1961-02-05)
Tommy has a saxophone that he doesn't want, but Dennis would like it. Meanwhile, with summer break coming soon, George wants to make sure he has a vacation booked so there will be less time with Dennis around. Dennis tells Mrs. Anderson (Jean Howell) that he would like to buy the saxophone, but he'll have to talk to his father. When George learns that Dennis is going to ask Henry to buy it for him, George finds a way to talk Henry out of it. The next day, Dennis asks Henry again for the saxophone, but Henry doesn't want to spoil Dennis. While looking through travel brochures, George finds a camp for boys. He figures if he can get Dennis to go there for two weeks, he and Martha can stay home and have peace and quiet. George and Dennis come up with a plan to ask Henry about the camp. But the plan backfires, when Dennis asks for the saxophone instead.
5119"Wilson Sleeps Over"William D. RussellBudd GrossmanFebruary 12, 1961 (1961-02-12)
The Wilson's are planning to fumigate their home to get rid of termites. Dennis comes by and shows George his pet frog, Sam. Sam jumps through George's basement window. While looking for Sam, Dennis accidentally knocks over the bottle which will fumigate the Wilsons' house. So, the Wilsons plan to stay at the Mitchells' for the night. Dennis learns that Mr. Wilson has been known to walk in his sleep. He tells his friends and they come over while George is napping. When nothing happens, Dennis tells his friends he'll try to take a picture of Mr. Wilson that night walking in his sleep. That night, Tommy sneaks over to Dennis' house and they witness Mr. Wilson walking in his sleep. Alice realizes that George isn't in his bed. A Police Officer (Don C. Harvey), that had stopped Tommy earlier, comes to the Mitchell house. A search for Tommy, Dennis and George ends happily.
5220"Dennis' Birthday"William D. RussellLouella MacFarlaneFebruary 19, 1961 (1961-02-19)
Mr. Wilson is in charge of getting a celebrity for a lodge party benefit. If he can't find one, he plans on doing his magic act to fill in. Dennis stops by the Wilson house and sees George practicing his act. Dennis misunderstands something George says and believes George will do his magic act at Dennis's birthday party. Dennis goes to his friend Herbie's house. There he runs into actress Spring Byington (who had starred on CBS' December Bride from 1954-59), who is related to Herbie's mother. Spring agrees to come to the birthday party. Mr. Wilson tells Dennis that he can't come to the party as he'll be visiting his relatives, Jim (Vaughn Taylor) and Edna (Elvia Allman). But when George learns that Spring will be at the party, he decides to go. At the party, Spring agrees to assist George with one of his magic tricks, but things go wrong. Despite what happened, she agrees to appear at the lodge party.
5321"Dennis Goes to Camp"William D. RussellPhil LeslieFebruary 26, 1961 (1961-02-26)
Mr. Wilson wants to have Dennis sent to a summer camp and will try and talk the Mitchells into it. But Henry has already agreed to have Dennis go and will take him to a camp open house the next day. A last minute business trip comes up and Henry can't take Dennis to the camp. George agrees to take Dennis instead. He then learns there will be six kids going. Once there, Mr. Wilson meets the head of the camp, Fred Harmon. George gets yelled at by Charles' Mother (Mary Beth Hughes), a boy who mistakenly gets into the boys cabin. The boys exhaust George with a day of long hikes and activity. As they prepare to return home, they are told they will be stranded there for a week because a storm has taken out a bridge.
5422"Dennis' Tool Chest"William D. RussellStory by : Hannibal Coons
Teleplay by : William Conley
March 5, 1961 (1961-03-05)
Mr. Wilson opens his car trunk to take out a jack to change his tire. Dennis tells George that he wishes he had a tool chest. While no one is looking, Mrs. Cathcart's cat jumps in and then Dennis closes the trunk. Mr. Wilson can't figure out what the noise coming from his car is. Henry and George try various things to make the noise stop, but it doesn't. Henry says the noise sounds like a cat. George lends some tools to Dennis so he can build Mrs. Cathcart's cat a house. He then opens the trunk and the cat escapes without him seeing it. Mr. Wilson removes and replaces various fenders and compartments on his car trying to sound proof them. Henry buys a tool chest for Dennis. George tests the car and the noise is gone, so he thinks he finally fixed the problem. Mr. Wilson then replaces a flower trellis on the side of his house and the cat sneaks into an air duct that was exposed. George and Martha hear the cat meowing behind the wall. When Dennis mentions that the cat may have kittens at any time, George uses some of Dennis' tools to break a large hole in the wall to rescue the cat. Outside, Dennis manages to get the cat from the air duct. Martha doesn't want George to know he broke the hole in the wall for nothing, so she puts the cat back in the air duct. George then thinks he rescued the cat. Roy Roberts as Humphrey McDougall.
5523"The Going Away Gift"William D. RussellPhil LeslieMarch 12, 1961 (1961-03-12)

Alice will be out of town for a while to take care of her injured father. Dennis gets his mother some earrings for a going-away present. Misunderstanding something Mr. Wilson says, Dennis hides his present on Mr. Wilson's closet shelf. Martha finds the present and thinks it's for her, as it's a special day. Not knowing what special day it is, George can't bring himself to tell Martha the gift is not for her. George tells Dennis what happened and says they'll get his mother other earrings. Back at Mr. Finch's store, Dennis can't find earrings that he likes as much as the ones he bought before. Dennis says he'll just have to get the earrings back from Mrs. Wilson. Mr. Finch then railroads George into buying an expensive bottle of perfume for Dennis. Dennis comes home with the present just as Henry's mother shows up to fill in for Alice. The Wilson's come by the say goodbye to Alice. Dennis explains to Henry about the mix up with the earrings and Martha overhears it. Martha confesses that when she saw the gift, she thought it was for a special occasion that she forgot about. Dennis almost causes another mix-up, but everything works out.

Note: Within the show's canon, Alice Mitchell was leaving on an extended trip to help her father mend from surgery. In real life, Gloria Henry left for nine episodes to go on maternity leave although she filmed a few short segments to be shown while she was gone. Grandma Mitchell, Henry's mother, who was played by Kathleen Mulqueen, stayed with the Mitchells for the next several weeks.
5624"Dennis and the Fishing Rod"William D. RussellMort R. LewisMarch 19, 1961 (1961-03-19)
Dennis wants to buy a fishing rod for his father and he has Mr. Finch spend a lot of time wrapping it. But when he goes to pay, Dennis finds he doesn't have enough money. Meanwhile, Grandma Mitchell has a ragged ancestral Confederate jacket sent from home to show Henry. Dennis asks if he could wear it and show it to Mr. Wilson. Dennis finds a $50.00 Confederate bill in the jacket. Dennis then has Mr. Finch wrap the rod again. Mr. Finch gets upset when Dennis tries to pay with the Confederate money. Mr. Wilson has Jerry Richman (Stanley Adams), who is a coin collector, over to his house. Dennis comes over and when Mr. Wilson is out of the room, Jerry offers Dennis $5 for the Confederate bill. When Mr. Wilson finds out what happened, he shames Jerry into giving Dennis the bill back. Mr. Wilson then gives Dennis what the bill is really worth and he is able to buy the fishing rod.
5725"Dennis and the Good Example"William D. RussellLouella MacFarlaneMarch 26, 1961 (1961-03-26)
Dennis sees a mynah bird he wants in a pet store. Mr. Bergstrom (Jon Lormer), the store owner, says he can have the bird free if he buys the bird cage. Dennis knows that once his dad sees his report card, he won't get it. Dennis talks to his father, and he promises to be good and study for school if his dad gets him a bird cage as a reward. The Wilson's are visiting Henry and Grandma Mitchell. Mrs. Wilson mentions that she is going to see Dr. Alfred Simpson (Alan Hewitt), who wants to put her on a diet. George says that if Martha stays on her diet, as a reward he'll buy her a new dress. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson go to the doctor's office. After seeing Martha, Dr. Simpson decides George must go on the diet as well. Martha watches an exercise show on TV hosted by Mike Duval (Harry Landers). Later, Martha loses the weight and George buys her new clothes. Dennis gets better grades and also the bird, which he teaches to say "Hi, George".
5826"Dennis' Obligation"William D. RussellArnold Peyser & Lois PeyserApril 2, 1961 (1961-04-02)
Alice is still away taking care of her father. Dennis tells Henry that his teacher asks students to take home the school pets over the weekend while the heat is off at school. He wants Henry's permission to bring something home, which Henry reluctantly agrees to. Dennis brings home chicken eggs in an incubator. The bulb in the incubator burns out and Dennis and Tommy search for another. Grandma Mitchell finds the eggs on Dennis' bed and puts them in the refrigerator. The boys find the right bulb at Mr. Wilson's house. Meanwhile, George is playing long distance Chess and forgets it's his move. Dennis gets the eggs back into the incubator. That night, Miss Cathcart watches Dennis while Henry and Grandma Mitchell are out. A storm cuts the electricity to the Mitchell house. Dennis takes the eggs to Mr. Wilson's house, where they start to hatch. George almost gets into trouble with Sgt. Mooney about having farm animals in the house, but things work out. Elizabeth Harrower as Mrs. Johnson. Stuart Nisbet as Mr. Wade.
5927"The Dog Trainer"William D. RussellBudd GrossmanApril 9, 1961 (1961-04-09)
Mr. Wilson decides to teach his dog, Fremont, a few commands. But, things don't go as planned and George gets frustrated. Dennis asks if he can help train Fremont, and Mr. Wilson allows him to do all the training. With the help of jellybeans, Dennis is able to train the dog. But, Fremont now only responds to Dennis and not to Mr. Wilson. In a dream scene, Dennis and Fremont try to teach Mr. Wilson (dressed as a dog) tricks. Mr. Wilson, sadly, gives Fremont to Dennis because he believes Fremont doesn't like him anymore. Dennis comes up with a way for Fremont to want to go back to George.
6028"Woodman, Spare That Tree"Charles BartonPhil LeslieApril 16, 1961 (1961-04-16)
Dennis and Tommy are feeding crows in the backyard. The birds are causing noise while Mr. Wilson is on the phone. He's trying to argue for keeping an old tree in the park from being chopped down. George receives a letter from cousin Sterling, who owed him money. In the letter is a hundred dollar bill. George drops the bill and one of the crows grabs it and flies off. Mr. Timberlake (Maurice Manson), from the bird watchers society, sends George a telegram. He will come by to lend support in saving the tree. Dennis and Tommy decide to try to follow the crows to where they live and get Mr. Wilson's money back. Commissioner Thornton plans to cut the tree down before the planned protest starts. Dennis and Tommy find the money in a crow's nest in the old tree. Mr. Wilson climbs the tree just as Thornton and the men who are going to cut it down show up. Thornton threatens to cut down the tree even with George in it. George retrieves his money. Many of the towns people show up and Thornton changes his mind about the tree. Mr. Timberlake will even put a plaque on the tree in George's honor.
6129"The Boy Wonder"Charles BartonLouella MacFarlaneApril 23, 1961 (1961-04-23)
Mr. Wilson would like a backyard barbecue built and he asks Mr. Erickson (Tyler McVey) for a quote. When George hears the price, he decides to build the barbecue himself. George finds a turtle in the yard and gives it to Dennis. Mr. Wilson then hires Dennis' teenage friend, Fred Baines, to help build the barbecue. To keep Dennis out of the way, George hires him to guard the driveway. Fred plays loud music on a record player, which annoys Mr. Wilson. He buys a portable radio with an earphone for Fred. Dennis' wandering pet turtle gets trapped in the barbecue. Dennis calls the fire department and when they arrive, the Wilson's believe their house is on fire. Dennis tells the firemen about the turtle and they tear down part of the barbecue to save it. When finally finished, Mr. Wilson hears the radio he gave Fred start to play music from inside the barbecue and he tears down part of it once again. Hal Hopper as Driver's Helper.
6230"The Soapbox Derby"William D. RussellKeith Fowler & Phil LeslieApril 30, 1961 (1961-04-30)
Johnny Brady is building a car for a soap box derby, so Dennis decides to build one also. The prize for the winner is an electric train set. After annoying Mr. Quigley enough, Dennis gets a soap box from him. Charles Brady brags to Henry about Johnny and how he's going to win the race. Henry and Mr. Wilson decide to help Dennis build his car. Charles comes by and makes fun of the car. George gets carried away and Henry winds up making a $50 bet with Charles on who's car will win. It's the day of the race. Before Dennis is to race, Mr. Wilson gets in the car to make a last second change. Without a hammer, George wants a board to drive in a loose nail. Dennis removes the starter bar when he is asked for a piece of wood and Mr. Wilson has the fastest time. Unfortunately, Dennis' car is disqualified and Johnny wins the prize. But, Charles still had to pay off the bet because it was who's car was the fastest. Johnny comes over and shows Dennis the little train set he won. Dennis shows Johnny the large train set Henry bought for him with the $50.
6331"Dennis and the Camera"William D. RussellJohn ElliotteMay 7, 1961 (1961-05-07)
Fellow-garden-club member Mr. Timberlake brings Mr. Wilson a special delicate plant that only blooms at night and they set it in the yard. George says that he will take a picture of the bloom. He is to get the photograph to the newspaper the next morning. Dennis comes by and asks Mr. Wilson if he was in the scouts. George brags about all the things he could do as an eagle scout. Dennis talks Henry into cooking a meal outside and starting the fire the way the pioneers did. Henry can't get a fire started and Dennis says he'll ask Mr. Wilson to help. While Dennis and Henry are getting something, George starts the fire with a match. Dennis and Henry are also going to sleep outdoors. George falls asleep right before the flower starts to bloom. Dennis tries to wake him up but can't. Dennis wakes up Henry, but his father can't get out of the sleeping bag. Dennis goes to get his own camera and takes a picture of the bloom. George tells Mr. Timberlake that he didn't get the picture. Dennis tells George and Mr. Timberlake that he took the picture and brought it to the newspaper. Dennis asks Mr. Wilson to be the Scout Den Mother. George says he will if the picture is actually in the paper. The paper arrives and on the front is a picture of the flower blooming and George sleeping in the background.
6432"Dennis and the Miracle Plant Food"William D. RussellBudd GrossmanMay 14, 1961 (1961-05-14)

Mr. Wilson is mixing up a new plant food. Dennis is arguing with Margaret about what to name one of his frogs. Tommy wonders if they'll ever like girls when they're older. Dennis and Tommy watch as George feeds one of his plants the new food. Dennis accidentally steps on that plant while chasing a frog. The boys get an identical, but much larger, plant from Tommy's yard. They replace it in the flower bed without Mr. Wilson knowing. When Mr. Wilson sees the plant, he is convinced that the new miracle plant food he invented is the cause of the growth. He calls Mrs. Schooner from the garden club and wants some members to come over and see it. Tommy tells Dennis that his mother wants her plant back. Tommy then puts George's original plant back in its place. The garden club come by and see the smaller plant and think George was lying to them. But, they'll give him another chance and let George put more food on it. Dennis goes to Mr. Merrivale (Will Wright) and tries to buy another plant with Dennis's frogs. The boys do make a deal with Mr. Merrivale and get the plant. The garden club come back later, see the larger plant and congratulate George. Dennis comes by and tells the club what really happened. The club members just laugh the whole thing off. Jonathan Hole as Mr. Trumble.

Note: This episode marks Kathleen Mulqueen's final appearance as Grandma Mitchell.
6533"Dennis' Newspaper"William D. RussellKeith Fowler & Phil LeslieMay 21, 1961 (1961-05-21)

Dennis learns that Mr. Wilson would've liked to have had his name in the newspaper. Dennis and Tommy start their own newspaper, "The Mr. Wilson News", in which they write about Mr. Wilson's daily activities. They overhear George playfully telling Martha that he'd give $20 for a raccoon coat like the one he had in college. The boys put that in their paper and then tell Mr. Krinkie (Charles Seel), who prints the information in the local newspaper. George and Martha are going away for the day. A man (Jess Kirkpatrick) comes by the Wilson house with a racoon coat and sees Dennis. Dennis gets into the house and lets the man in to leave his name and number. In no time, the Wilson household is overflowing with raccoon coats from sellers from all over town. When George comes home, he can't believe what he's seeing. He tries calling all the people, but no one will come for their coats. Chuck Long (Jimmy Hawkins), a young man, comes by and would like to buy one of the coats. Soon, George is able to unload all the coats and the young men will pay the original owners. The local TV news does a story about all the high school boys with the coats and George gets to be on TV.

Note: This was Gloria Henry's return to the show after missing nine episodes for maternity leave.
6634"Mr. Wilson's Paradise"William D. RussellLouella MacFarlaneMay 28, 1961 (1961-05-28)
Mr. Wilson helps Dennis research a school report about an island off the coast of Mexico called "The Isle of Happiness". After thinking about his drab life, George tells Martha he would like to go to that island. George finds out that there are no hotels on the island. They could rent a home, but it would have to be for a year. Martha's agrees to go. George rents his home to Dennis's teacher, Mr. Hubbard (Vaughn Taylor). George and Martha start to learn Spanish. George is a little annoyed when he sees the changes Mr. Hubbard plans to make to the house. The Wilson's learn that their niece, Georgianna, is going to have a baby. After a bad dream, George decides he doesn't want to go to the island because of the baby. Mr. Hubbard refuses to back out of the deal, until he hears Dennis read his report, and decides he will go to the Isle of Happiness instead.
6735"The Fortune Cookie"William D. RussellBudd GrossmanJune 4, 1961 (1961-06-04)
The Mitchells and Wilsons have tea together to celebrate George's good fortune in selling his coin collection. The buyer, Philip Sheldon, is to arrive the next day. They each open a fortune cookie, and George's seems to indicate a bad day for him tomorrow. Dennis tells Mr. Wilson that he won't let anything bad happen to him. The next day, George is starting to worry about what the fortune said and some things do go wrong for him. Dennis and his friends are determined to protect him from harm. George receives a package and is afraid to open it. Martha gets him to open it and it's just her new hat. George is watching a contest show on TV. Dennis and friends come by with some fudge that George starts to eat. The contest show calls George, but he can't answer the question because of the fudge. When he can finally talk, his time is up. Despite annoying George, the boys do manage to help him from being ripped off by the buyer of the coins.
6836"The Pioneers"William D. RussellStory by : Arnold Peyser & Lois Peyser
Teleplay by : Arnold Peyser & Lois Peyser & Phil Leslie
June 11, 1961 (1961-06-11)
Mr. Krinkie writes an article in his newspaper about how the man of today could not match their pioneer ancestors. George writes a response to the article and tells Krinkie off. Krinkie in turn, challenges George to prove he could live off the land. Mr. Wilson, Henry and Dennis set out to show they can survive three days in the wilderness. They'll be armed only with a knife, an ax, and a fishing rod - plus a tempting large basket of food, which is only supposed to be for Dennis. The men have no luck catching any fish on the first day. The next morning it's back to fishing. Mr. Krinkie sends out Mr. Kowalski (Judson Pratt), the photographer, to get some pictures of the pioneers in action. Mr. Wilson thinks he has a bite on his line, but it turns out to be a large metal milk can. George and Henry are eating berries, while Dennis and Kowalski eat real food. It's the next day and the men still can't find any food. They just about give up, when Dennis finds out that a large milk can that Mr. Wilson had caught earlier was actually full of fish.
6937"Father's Day for Mr. Wilson"William D. RussellKeith Fowler & Phil LeslieJune 18, 1961 (1961-06-18)
Henry tells the Wilsons what a wonderful Father's Day he had. George tells them that he's being sued by old man Hatch. Hatch claims George's dog, Freemont, bit him while he was in the park. Dennis says he saw the dog do it, but that Hatch kicked Freemont first. The next morning, Dennis decides Mr. Wilson needs his own Father's Day. Dennis tries to do everything to have George enjoy his day. George calls a judge friend of his and the judge says Hatch may have a good case. John McRae (Willis Bouchey), Hatch's lawyer, comes to see George. McRae says that Hatch will settle the case for $200. George starts to write a check when Dennis and Tommy show up. McRae says that Hatch was bitten on his right leg and Dennis says that the right leg is a wooden leg. McRae apologizes and leaves.
7038"Dennis and the Picnic"William D. RussellLouella MacFarlaneJune 25, 1961 (1961-06-25)
Alice, Dennis and the Wilson's were going to go on a picnic without Henry, because he had to work on a project. Before they go, Henry finds a large envelope in the gutter outside his house and is surprised to find it is full of money. Dennis thinks that bank robbers threw the money away because they thought police were too close. Dennis tells Johnny Brady about the money, but Johnny doesn't believe Dennis's story. Dennis then calls Mr. Krinkie of the Chronicle to get the story in the paper. Henry asks George to go with him to the police to turn the money in to Sgt. Mooney. Dennis is thrilled when Henry's picture gets in the paper, making Henry a bit of a local hero. Lt. Rockwell (Robert Bice) comes to the house to speak with Henry. He tells Henry that the money was counterfeit and the police know who the counterfeiters are. Henry is trying to get his work done, but all the neighbors in the house are bothering him. In the end, Henry's hard work pays off and Dennis learns a lesson about bragging. Hal Smith as Frank Wade. Elizabeth Harrower as Mrs. Thompson.

Season 3 (1961–62)

This is the final season to keep the 1959-1962 title screen intact. The Screen Gems logo after the closing credits has been updated for all episodes, using the 1960 Screen Gems logo instead of the 1955 Screen Gems logo.

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
711"Trouble from Mars"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanOctober 1, 1961 (1961-10-01)
There's an article in the local paper about a man that claimed to see a space ship landing and little men getting out of it. George learns that he won an essay contest from "Graceful Retirement" magazine. Mr. Wilson goes for a haircut in preparation for the magazine taking his picture for the article. Unfortunately, Dennis and his friends, dressed in space suits, scare Selby the barber (Forrest Lewis) and the back of George's hair is accidentally shaved off. Dennis and his friends tell Henry and Alice what happened. Henry brings the boys over to George's house to apologize. Dennis leaves his space helmet at George's house. For fun, George tries the helmet on and then cannot get it off. George goes to Henry for help with no luck. George goes home and gets stuck in the bathroom. Dennis calls the fire department. The fire truck arrives just as the photographers from the magazine show up. They take pictures as the firemen drag George out of the bathroom window. He has the helmet on and his pants off. In the end, George gets the helmet off and things work out with the magazine. Billy Booth as Tommy Anderson. Norman Leavitt as Officer Ted Quincy. Lyle Latell as Fire Chief.
722"Best Neighbor"Charles BartonRussell BeggsOctober 8, 1961 (1961-10-08)
In order to join the Junior Pathfinders club at school, Dennis has to camp out on Lookout Ridge. He has to do it that night and asks Henry to go with him. Henry is too busy with work and can't go. Meanwhile, Mrs. Schooner informs Mr. Wilson that he's been nominated for the Best Citizen of the Year award. To improve his own odds of winning, Mr. Wilson takes Dennis camping on the cold and windy mountainside. George gets their two canteens and assorted other things stuck up a tree while trying to knock down a special pine cone. George eventually climbs the tree and gets the pine cone. Due to his work on the Neighborhood Improvement Committee, Henry is also nominated for the award. During the night, George is awakened by two women campers and he is rude to them. The next day, Dennis becomes a Pathfinder. When Henry hears that George was also nominated, he hopes George wins. George does wind up winning. Kate Murtagh as Crystalbell.
733"Keep Off the Grass"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerOctober 15, 1961 (1961-10-15)
A new regulation says no one can walk on the grass in the park. A policeman chases Dennis and his friends off the grass and then puts up a "Keep Off The Grass" sign. Dennis tells his parents what happened. Alice demands that Henry go and talk to the policeman. Henry gets a ticket for walking on the grass in order to talk to the policeman. Mr. Wilson talks Henry into going back to the policeman and fighting the ticket. Thanks to George, Henry winds up getting two more tickets. George then talks Henry into going to court and George will represent him. George goes to the library to try and find a precedent for the case. But thanks to Dennis, he gets kicked out. In court, George says that Dennis is a witness. Judge Andrew Strickland (Edgar Stehli) has Dennis take the stand. Dennis causes a commotion when he has a frog in his pocket. But, with Dennis' help, Henry wins.
744"Mr. Wilson's Safe"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanOctober 22, 1961 (1961-10-22)
Mr. Wilson has a new wall safe. He has the deed to property that he and the Mitchells own that they want to sell to Mr. Merrivale (Will Wright) and puts it in the safe. George decides to memorize the combination and destroy the paper that it was on. George agrees to let Dennis store his baseball cards in the safe. Dennis uses numbers for a football play that are the combination to Mr. Wilson's safe. That night Merrivale calls to say he'll be by the next day to get the deed. George tells Dennis how safe his cards will be and lets him try to open the safe. Using his football play numbers, Dennis opens the safe. The next day, Dennis is playing football with friends and keeps using the safe combination for his plays. Mr. Wilson and Henry get Dennis so confused with other play numbers that he forgets the combination. Unfortunately, Mr. Wilson forgets it, as well. Mr. Wilson tries to hypnotize Dennis to get the combination, but winds up hypnotizing himself. While under, he reveals the combination just as Mr. Merrivale shows up.
755"Haunted House"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanOctober 29, 1961 (1961-10-29)

George and Henry purchase a house as an income property from real estate agent Mr. Bowers (Harvey Korman). After the men leave, Bowers calls his mother, Mrs. Bowers (Kitty Kelly), and tells her he sold the broken down old house of hers. Sgt. Mooney (George Cisar) tells George and Henry that a fast talking real estate agent sold a haunted house to a couple of unsuspecting guys. George, Henry and Mooney speak with Bowers and his mother about getting their money back. The sale was done legally and there's nothing George and Henry can do. They go to the house and the Tramp (Harold Gould) that's been living there hides in the basement. Dennis and Tommy come by and say they'll look for the ghost. Pretending to be a ghost, the Tramp talks to the boys through the duct-work. Dennis tells Henry about the ghost. Henry and George decide to sleep inside to prove that it isn't haunted. That night it starts to storm. George and Henry hear something outside. Sgt. Mooney comes in the house and the men throw a sheet over him. The noise wakes the Tramp in the basement and he makes eerie noises through the duct-work. Dennis and two friends arrive at the house covered in sheets and look through the basement window. This frightens the Tramp and he runs upstairs and is discovered by George, Henry and Mooney. The Tramp says he'll be leaving for Florida.

Note: The same house later is referenced in "The Bully," after George sells John half of his share in the house.
766"The School Play"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanNovember 5, 1961 (1961-11-05)
Mr. Wilson makes up an excuse to not watch Dennis in a school play that evening because he wants to watch the fights on TV. Dennis and Tommy ask George to help them rehearse. While rehearsing, Dennis handcuffs Mr. Wilson to Tommy and then realizes there is no key. Henry tries to saw them apart, but it doesn't work. Sgt. Mooney comes by as he was the one that gave Dennis the handcuffs, thinking they didn't work. Mooney says he'll try and find Buzz the locksmith (Chubby Johnson). Everyone else heads off to the play. The play is about to start and Buzz arrives. Buzz makes a wax impression of the key, but has to go home to finish it. Buzz returns, but the key still needs some work. George is forced to join the play. Part way through, Buzz is able to unlock them and Mr. Wilson runs out of the room. The next day, Henry and Alice read George a raving review of his performance in the play. Dennis tells George that the school wants to do the play again that evening with him in it.
777"The Fifty-Thousandth Customer"James R. GoldstoneKeith Fowler & Phil LeslieNovember 12, 1961 (1961-11-12)
Mr. Finch (Charles Lane) is offering a free 5-minute shopping spree for the 50,000th customer at his pharmacy. Mr. Wilson hopes to calculate the exact moment that it will happen so he can walk through the door and claim the prize. George asks Henry and Alice to bring over a few items he has written down. George has set up his back yard to resemble Finch's store. George has Henry time him as he does a practice run for his shopping spree. At Finch's store, Mr. Wilson is giving him a hard time about how he is going to win. George notices that Finch has moved things around and put many things on upper shelves. While in line, George thinks he has things timed out to the minute. He let's a few people go ahead of him in line. Then he let's Dennis go ahead and Dennis winds up being the winner. The rule is that one gets to keeps as much as he can carry. Dennis out smarts Finch and puts what he wants in a hammock to carry out. Being small and agile, it was easy for Dennis to get things on the top shelves. Dennis grabs some special items for the Wilson's and his parents. Irene Tedrow as Mrs. Lucy Elkins.
788"Dennis and the Pee Wee League"Charles BartonAnn MarcusNovember 19, 1961 (1961-11-19)
Dennis sees a picture of George when he played semi-pro baseball. After Dennis' suggestion, a group of father's make Mr. Wilson the President of the Pee-Wee League. It turns out to be more work then he thought it would be. George is about to quit and then Dennis shows him an article in the paper about him being President. The day before Dennis' team is to play Tommy Brady's team, coach Henry becomes ill. Henry asks George to coach the team, but George isn't interested. But when Charlie Brady (Laurence Haddon) makes fun of the idea of George being the coach, George changes his mind. It's the day of the game and Dennis' team is losing. George brings Dennis' team back from a 6 - 0 deficit to win. Because of his victory, George gets drafted into being President of the Pee-Wee Football League.
799"Mr. Wilson's Inheritance"Charles BartonArnold Peyser & Lois PeyserNovember 26, 1961 (1961-11-26)
Mr. Bierschmidt (Gordon Jones), a contractor, tells George he has cracks in his foundation. George puts off the repair for now. Mr. Wilson believes he's a millionaire when he inherits his aunt's estate and thinks about maybe starting a charitable foundation. George calls Stanley Guth, from the museum, to appraise a truck load of artwork that is to arrive the next day. Through a misunderstanding with Dennis, Mr. Bierschmidt thinks Mr. Wilson has ordered a whole new foundation dug under his house. He begins the project while the Wilson's are away. Mr. Wilson buys a fancy sports car. He sees Bierschmidt digging up around his house and tells him to stop. George explains to Dennis that he meant a foundation to help with needy causes. Because of Dennis, Mrs. Elkins, and then later a lot of children, come by with worthy causes. George receives a telegram saying there is no money. The truck arrives with what George hopes is the art collection. Stanley Guth says the paintings are basically worthless. In the trenches Bierschmidt dug up, Dennis finds saber tooth tiger teeth fossils. Stanley Guth says they would be worth a lot and George donates them to the museum. Lennie Weinrib as Trucker.
8010"Dennis Is a Genius"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanDecember 3, 1961 (1961-12-03)
Dennis' school teacher Miss Perkins (Elizabeth Harrower) stops by to tell the Mitchells that Dennis scored high on an IQ test at school and that he is a genius. Dennis thinks he's in trouble, but Henry let's it slip that he's a genius. Dennis tells his friends how smart he is. Mr. Wilson is stunned when he hears the news. A Dr. Heydon (James Millhollin) comes by to test Dennis and believes him to be of high intelligence as well. Dr. Heydon implies to Henry and Alice that Dennis should perhaps be in a more stimulating environment. In a dream sequence, Mr. Wilson is a classmate of Dennis' friends and Dennis is the teacher. All the other students are much smarter than Mr. Wilson. He is given a dunce cap and made to sit in the corner. The next day, it's clear that Dennis has been in a fight. A new kid said that geniuses are sissy's. Henry and Alice argue over whether to send Dennis to a private school. The Mitchell's fear nothing will be the same for Dennis. They are relieved and thrilled later when they find out there was a mistake in the grading.
8111"The Lucky Piece"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerDecember 17, 1961 (1961-12-17)
Dennis accidently breaks Mrs. Elkins window with his football. Henry does expect Dennis to pay for the repair. Mrs. Wilson agrees to pay Dennis 50 cents to mow the lawn. Mr. Wilson tricks Dennis into taking a silver coin that reads "good luck" and has a horseshoe on it instead of the money. Martha doesn't like that George cheated Dennis. She arranges for Dennis to find a one dollar bill, that she took from George's wallet, on the sidewalk. Martha tells Alice that she is going to teach George a lesson. The two plan more lucky things to happen to Dennis. When George hears about Dennis' good luck, he starts to wonder about the coin. Alice tells Henry what her and Martha have been up to and he offers to help. George tries to buy the coin back from Dennis. Henry bids up the price until George pays $5 for the coin. Martha tells George about their scheme and he takes it in stride. George throws the coin into the street. A hobo picks it up, and before George's eyes, the hobo has two lucky things happen to him. George runs after him wanting to buy the coin back.
8212"The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerDecember 24, 1961 (1961-12-24)
Mr. Wilson criticizes the very small, artificial Christmas tree the Mitchells bought from Mr. Quigley. He insists they visit a tree farm and cut down another tree that's much too large. Wilson, Henry, and Dennis carry it home on a bus, breaking a window and annoying the incredulous driver and passengers. Once home, Mr. Wilson proceeds to prune the tree and really makes a mess of it. Mr. Quigley brings by the little tree that Henry returned earlier.
8313"Dennis' Bank Account"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerDecember 31, 1961 (1961-12-31)
After Mr. Wilson takes a temporary position at the bank, Dennis opens up a bank account and stops at the bank daily to check on his money and keep Mr. Wilson company. Paul Maxey appears as Dudley Yates, the Bank President. John Fiedler appears as Mr. Clute, a bank teller.
8414"Through Thick and Thin"Charles BartonRussell BeggsJanuary 7, 1962 (1962-01-07)
Mr. Krinkie is writing an article about Mr. Wilson and hopes to find something embarrassing about him. The Mitchells host a circus act for a cub scout event. Dennis convinces Mr. Wilson to be the lion. He tells Mr. Wilson that nobody has to know he's the one inside the costume. Krinkie sends a photographer to the event. When Mr. Wilson takes a bow, his lion head falls off and the photographer gets a picture of him.
8515"Calling All Bird Lovers"Charles BartonRussell BeggsJanuary 14, 1962 (1962-01-14)
Hoping to be selected as a delegate to a bird lovers' convention, Mr. Wilson hosts a reception for the organization at his home. The program includes Mrs. Hutton (Estelle Winwood) who does actual bird calls. However, after seeing a sign for the meeting in a music shop window, ("Remember the Bird"), two beatniks think the occasion is to honor a music legend, and they show up to turn it into a jazz program. Parley Baer appears as Mr. Pindyck, the head of the state's Bird Lovers Society.
8616"Silence Is Golden"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerJanuary 21, 1962 (1962-01-21)
Mr. Wilson agrees to give Dennis his magnifying glass as long as he doesn't say a word to him or around him for the rest of the day. Henry and Alice had also told Dennis that he talks too much, so he doesn't speak around them, either. When Mrs. Elkins accuses Mr. Wilson of tying a tin can to her cat's tail, he begs Dennis to tell her they were together all day. At first Dennis refuses, because he doesn't want to lose the bet. Mr. Wilson gives Dennis the magnifying glass, and Dennis tells Mrs. Elkins it was Johnny Brady that did that to her cat.
8717"Dennis Has a Fling"Charles BartonJohn Elliotte & Herbert FinnJanuary 28, 1962 (1962-01-28)

Dennis' school is putting on a play about all nations. Each student has to ask someone to represent a different nationality to be in the play. Dennis, who's part Scottish and many other countries wishes to represent Scotland, but his parents decline to participate. So Dennis asks Mr. Wilson, who has Scottish ancestors, but he is not interested, either. Dennis then asks Mr. MacTavish (Tudor Owen), who accepts. Once Mr. Wilson finds out there are prizes involved, he wants to be in it. Dennis asks Mr. Krinkie to decide after they each put on a performance. A letter arrives stating that Mr. Wilson is actually Irish. Dennis suggests Mr. Wilson can represent Ireland instead, but the mailman is already doing so!

Special Guest Star: Susan Jones, 1961 Miss Scotland.
8818"Frog Jumping Contest"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanFebruary 4, 1962 (1962-02-04)
Dennis enters his frog Sam in a frog-jumping contest with Mr. Wilson as his partner. Mr. Wilson bets Sgt. Mooney that Dennis' frog will beat Mooney's. While practicing, Sam doesn't jump as far as usual. Dennis takes it to Dr. Johnson (Alan Hewitt), an actual doctor, because the vet is out of town. Dr. Johnson gives Sam a vitamin shot and says Sam might need a friend. At the contest, Sam appears to like Mooney's frog and makes a record setting jump.
8919"Where There's a Will"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanFebruary 11, 1962 (1962-02-11)

It's Mr. Wilson's birthday and he decides to leave Dennis a gold watch in his will. Soon after, Mr. Wilson begins to feel old and is convinced that he has a short time to live. Dennis in return, goes to Mr. Phillips (Ray Teal), an attorney, to have a will drawn up so he can leave his favorite things to Mr. Wilson. Dennis gives Mr. Wilson a copy of his will as a birthday gift. He is so touched that he gives Dennis the watch.

Note: This episode aired six days before the actor playing Mr. Wilson, Joseph Kearns, actually died. He does appear in the next several episodes because they were made prior to his death.
9020"Mr. Wilson's Uncle"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanFebruary 18, 1962 (1962-02-18)

George is expecting a visit from his Uncle Ned (Edward Everett Horton), a rocker-chair addict. When Ned arrives, he is active, fit, and energetic. Ned forces George and Henry into a fitness program. As the two struggle to keep up, they plot a way to end the exercises.

Note: This episode aired the day after the actor playing Mr. Wilson, Joseph Kearns, died at age 55 following a stroke.
9121"A Quiet Evening"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanFebruary 25, 1962 (1962-02-25)

Mr. Wilson plans to have a quiet evening at home with his coin collection. His plans change when Henry needs a sitter for Dennis. Mr. Wilson is talked into being a sitter for Dennis, Margaret, and Seymour. Seymour finds one of Mr. Wilson's rare dimes, goes down the street and buys a candy bar from a vending machine. John Astin appears as the policeman who arrests Wilson trying to retrieve his valuable coin from the vending machine.

Blooper: Alice refers to Margaret's mother as "Mrs. Moore," even though Margaret's last name was established as Wade during the first season. Margaret also says her last name is "Harrington" in the fourth season.
9222"The Private Eye"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMarch 4, 1962 (1962-03-04)
While Mr. Wilson's arm is stuck in a public mailbox trying to retrieve an embarrassing letter, his wallet is taken by a passing pickpocket (William "Billy" Benedict). Dennis gets a new Private Eye Detective Kit and has fun with Tommy solving crimes. When they hear that Mr. Wilson's wallet was stolen, Dennis and Tommy use their new found skills to find the culprit. Bob Hastings appears as Officer Watts.
9323"Mr. Wilson's Housekeeper"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMarch 11, 1962 (1962-03-11)
To help Martha, Mr. Wilson hires Mrs. Davis (Jean Stapleton), a housekeeper. But this backfires when the stern housekeeper won't let Mrs. Wilson do anything, and she constantly criticizes everything George does. Each thinks the other is happy with the situation and are afraid to say anything. Mr. Wilson plots different ways to get her to quit. Then he finds out from the milkman that she is afraid of mice. Dennis is taking care of several mice as a school project and Mr. Wilson uses them to frighten Mrs. Davis.
9424"A Dog's Life"Charles BartonJohn Elliotte & Herbert FinnMarch 18, 1962 (1962-03-18)
Mr. Quigley (Willard Waterman) tries to keep a big shaggy dog out of his store. He ties some bologna to the back of Mr. Wilson's car, and when Mr. Wilson leaves the store, the dog follows him home. Mr. Wilson tries to keep the dog out of his yard and house without much luck.
9525"Dennis' Documentary Film"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMarch 25, 1962 (1962-03-25)
Dennis has a history project for school to take pictures of historical places around town, and then write a composition about them. Mrs. Wilson suggests Mr. Wilson help Dennis because he has a movie camera. They go around town filming historical buildings and various prominent people. They are then to show the film at the next PTA meeting. Dennis has cards to read to go along with the movie, but drops them and they are now out of order. Between editing mistakes and Dennis' reading the wrong cards, many people there are either laughing or insulted.
9626"Horseless Carriage Club"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerApril 1, 1962 (1962-04-01)
George buys a 1912 Winton to enter into the Horseless Carriage Road Race with the intent of winning the race and becoming president of his and Henry's chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club. Dennis talks Mr. Wilson into taking him & his friends on a drive in the car the day before the race. A change of plans occurs and the race gets moved up one day, so Mr. Wilson has to cancel the trip with the children. Feeling guilty, Mr. Wilson takes the children on the trip and misses the race. When Senator Washburn, who was a judge of the race hears about Mr. Wilson's gesture, he makes him the president of the Horseless Carriage Club.
9727"Junior Pathfinders Ride Again"Charles BartonRussell BeggsApril 8, 1962 (1962-04-08)

An Indian fire-starting demonstration is to take place for Dennis' Junior Pathfinders club, but the person who is to do perform the demonstration hurts his back. Mr. Wilson, trying to get into the Pioneer Club, is volunteered to be the replacement Indian chief and has to start a fire by rubbing together two sticks. Fearing he might not be able to start the fire, Mr. Wilson has his cousin Fillmore, a chemist, put something on the sticks to insure a fire. This leads to an unexpected result.

Note: Mr. Wilson says early in the episode, "I'm his only great-nephew," referring to ancestor Jeremiah Wilson. This can be taken as a possibly false boast given not only the appearance in this episode of his cousin Fillmore, who shares the Wilson surname, but also in that just six episodes later, Mr. Wilson's brother, John, appears in the series for the first time.
9828"The Treasure Chest"Charles BartonJohn Elliotte & Herbert FinnApril 15, 1962 (1962-04-15)
Mr. Wilson buys a treasure chest at an auction thinking that it has a pirate's treasure in it. When he gets it open and discovers nothing valuable, he tells Dennis that he can do whatever he wants with it. Dennis & Tommy play pirates with the items in the chest, and even draw up a map to a pretend treasure. Mr. Wilson later finds it and thinks it is real. He gets several friends to invest in a trip to hunt for the treasure. Then, Dennis tells him he drew the map.
9929"Wilson Goes to the Dentist"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanApril 29, 1962 (1962-04-29)
Dennis, with a loose tooth, wants to visit a new dentist (Arthur Malet) who gives presents to first-time patients. But when Dennis's tooth falls out before he can go to the dentist, he convinces Mr. Wilson to go in his place so Dennis can still get a present.
10030"The Man Next Door"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanMay 6, 1962 (1962-05-06)

Mr. Wilson installs his own burglar alarm after a series of burglaries in the neighborhood. Dennis and Mr. Wilson think the new neighbor is the stocking bandit. While trying to prove the neighbor is the bandit, Mr. Wilson gets stuck in their basement window.

Note: This is the last episode to feature Joseph Kearns as Mr. George Wilson.
10131"Dennis and the Dodger"Charles BartonJohn Elliotte & Herbert FinnMay 13, 1962 (1962-05-13)

Mr. Quigley, though lacking experience, is named coach of the town's pee-wee baseball team, hoping it will help advertise his store. The mayor agrees to give the team new uniforms if Quigley can get Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers to play an exhibition game in town. Quigley is nervous around Sandy and the kids begin to question if he can really coach their team. That is until Quigley hits a home run off Sandy.

Note: Mrs. Wilson appears in this episode while Mr. Wilson does not due to the fact Joseph Kearns died on February 17, following a stroke.
10232"Dennis' Lovesick Friend"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMay 20, 1962 (1962-05-20)

George's Uncle Ned visits while George is out of town. He decides to plant flowers to win a flower contest in the summer, but he hurts his back. Dennis gets an older friend named Jerry to help Uncle Ned, but Jerry keeps thinking about his ex-girlfriend Helen (Cheryl Holdridge) and gets nothing done. Helen makes up with Jerry and helps with the bulbs, but she plants them all upside down.

Note: Mrs. Wilson appears in this episode while Mr. Wilson does not due to the death of Joseph Kearns.
10333"John Wilson's Cushion"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMay 27, 1962 (1962-05-27)

George Wilson's brother, John, comes to stay with Martha while George is out of town. John is a writer, but has trouble working without his old seat cushion. Dennis makes it his goal to make a cushion for John. Dennis also helps John get out of speaking at a lecture. Elvia Allman appears as Isabel Tolliver, a woman who wants John to lecture at her Literary Club.

Note: This marks Gale Gordon's debut as John Wilson, George's brother. In this episode, however, it is stated that George Wilson is away on business and that John is a guest of the Wilsons. A new title sequence begins that includes Gale Gordon's name.
10434"John Wilson Wins a Chicken"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanJune 3, 1962 (1962-06-03)
After agreeing to sell a rare 1919 dime for $150, John Wilson buys ten raffle tickets from Dennis and ends up winning a chicken. When he wants to cook the chicken for dinner, Dennis and his friends try to talk him out of it. John agrees to spare the chicken. He then believes the chicken swallowed his rare dime, which it didn't. In the end, Henry finds a home for the chicken and John finds his dime.
10535"The Bully"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanJune 10, 1962 (1962-06-10)

After being picked on by Gifford Kelly (Mickey Sholdar), the school bully, Alice makes Dennis promise not to fight. As a result, the bully gives Dennis a black eye. Henry gives Dennis the go-ahead to fight back next time. John Wilson teaches Dennis how to fight and Dennis gives Gifford a black eye. The man that Henry and John hope to rent their investment house to turns out to be Mr. Kelly (Richard Reeves), the bully's father, creating an awkward situation.

Note: The house mentioned in this episode, of which John bought half of George's share, is the house Wilson and Mitchell originally bought in "Haunted House."
10636"The Club Initiation"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerJune 17, 1962 (1962-06-17)

Dennis wants to join an older boys' club run by a boy named Walter Hooper (Billy Hughes), but in order to do so, he has to go through an initiation. Walter has Dennis find a goat, a derby hat and a bugle. Dennis stores these things in Mr. Wilson's garage. John sees these things and begins to question his sanity, because as fast as Dennis and others put this stuff in the garage, Walter takes them out. John Wilson is planning a round of golf with Dr. Fred Ferguson, but he tells the doctor what he sees. Dr. Ferguson believes John is hallucinating until he sees the goat himself.

Note: Frank Cady, who went on to greater fame portraying Sam Drucker on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres, guest stars as Dr. Fred Ferguson. This also is the first mention of Eloise Wilson in the series, although not by name. Portrayed by Sara Seegar, Eloise's character would not join the cast until the next season.
10737"The Community Picnic"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerJune 24, 1962 (1962-06-24)

Mr. Brady (Laurence Haddon) and Tiny Hawkins (Russ McCubbin), an employee at his store, challenge Henry and John Wilson to compete against them in the sporting events at an upcoming community picnic. The Brady team and the Wilson team are tied, with the egg toss being the winning event. When Henry gets his hand stuck in a pickle jar, Dennis must fill in. Dennis and John win, but because Dennis inadvertently used a hard boiled egg. They must now tell Brady.

Note: This marks the final appearance in the series of Sylvia Field, who played Martha Wilson.
10838"Dennis and the Witch Doctor"Charles BartonJohn Elliotte & Herbert FinnJuly 1, 1962 (1962-07-01)

John Wilson is writing a magazine article about voodoo. Dennis gets the wrong idea and tells the whole neighborhood that John is a witch doctor. Some strange occurrences and odd accidents convince his new neighbors that he really is a witch doctor and is out to hex them. John hosts a party to meet all his neighbors, but everyone is afraid to show up. Dennis makes sure that things work out.

Note: Martha Wilson does not appear in this episode. Alice states that Martha "has gone back east for a while", presumably to stay with George, although that is never explicitly said.

Season 4 (1962–63)

For this season, the title screen was updated. All the episodes in this season use the 1962-1963 title screen instead of the 1959-1962 title screen. No new episode was released on June 23, 1963, nor June 30, 1963.

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1091"The Chinese Girl"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanSeptember 30, 1962 (1962-09-30)

Dennis becomes a fast friend of Sen Yuen (Cherylene Lee), a girl from British Hong Kong, who is staying with the Wilsons. Margaret becomes jealous of Dennis' attention to her. After Sen Yuen kisses Dennis, Mr. Wilson tells Dennis that Chinese girls often marry very young. When Mr. Yuen comes by, Dennis tells everyone he can't marry Sen Yuen as he is already engaged to Margaret.

Note: This marks the debut of Eloise Wilson, John Wilson's wife, played by Sara Seegar. They now live in the house formerly occupied by George and Martha, and John states that George and Martha have sold them the house. This marks the last mention of Martha Wilson in the series, and the last mention of George by name.
1102"You Go Your Way"Charles BartonClifford Goldsmith & John ElliotteOctober 7, 1962 (1962-10-07)

Dennis overhears and repeats part of a conversation between John and Eloise in which they decide to no longer play cards together. Rumors around the neighborhood begin to fly that the Wilsons are splitting up. Miss Cathcart and Miss Tarbell (Alice Pearce) get a makeover and make a play for Mr. Wilson, each hoping to be his girlfriend. Each woman enlists Dennis to find out more about Mr. Wilson's situation.

Note: Dennis briefly refers to George Wilson as "the other Mr. Wilson" early in the episode. This is Alice Pearce's first of two appearances as Lucy Tarbell during the fourth season. The second was in "Jane Butterfield Says."
1113"Dennis and the Circular Circumstances"Charles BartonHerbert FinnOctober 14, 1962 (1962-10-14)
With Dennis needing to earn a dollar to buy a toy laser gun but not being old enough for a job delivering circulars for Mrs. Elkins, Mr. Wilson pulls some strings to get Dennis the job (and also get him out of his hair). After quickly finishing the job, some incriminating evidence leads everyone to believe that Dennis took the money without doing the work. Mr. Wilson manages to straighten everything out.
1124"The Little Judge"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanOctober 21, 1962 (1962-10-21)
Sgt. Mooney gives Mr. Wilson a ticket after a complaint from Mrs. Elkins for an alleged violation of a town ordinance. So Mr. Wilson requests a trial, which occurs on "Children's Day in Court" – the day designated for the children of the town to run the court and Dennis is the judge. Mr. Wilson hosts a party for the children in hopes of influencing them in his favor. The children find him not guilty, but he is ordered to buy Banana Splits for all of them, which will cost him more than the original fine. Arthur Peterson Jr. appears as Judge McConnell.
1135"Poor Mr. Wilson"Jeffrey HaydenJoe Bigelow & Jay SommersOctober 28, 1962 (1962-10-28)
Mr. Wilson's money falls through a hole in his pocket while he was at Quigley's market and thus, he cannot pay Dennis for washing his car. Dennis misinterprets "the market" as referring to the stock market rather than the grocery and as a result, mistakenly thinks Mr. Wilson is broke. Several misunderstandings lead even the Mitchells to believe it. Dennis goes all out to help his friend. This includes buying groceries for the Wilsons and leaving them on their doorstep. Dennis also puts on a show with his friends, using the admission fees to make money for Mr. Wilson.
1146"Dennis in Gypsyland"Charles BartonJohn Elliotte & Herbert FinnNovember 4, 1962 (1962-11-04)
Mr. Wilson's article about gypsies is returned with the request that he, first, get to know them and research them further before submitting another. Therefore, he dresses in full gypsy attire and travels on a donkey to a local gypsy camp in order to best observe them. He performs a gesture that, unbeknownst to him, is a wedding proposal to a woman at the camp. After Sgt. Mooney, The Mitchells and Eloise rescue John, Sgt. Mooney inadvertently makes the same wedding proposal gesture. Nestor Paiva appears as Gamali, the leader of the Gypsies. Hugh Sanders appears as the Police Chief.
1157"The New Principal"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerNovember 11, 1962 (1962-11-11)

Dennis and Mr. Spivey (Leslie Barrett), his school's new principal, get off on the wrong foot after the principal takes a remark about his height the wrong way. He threatens to kick Dennis off the baseball team if he observes any further impudence. Johnny Brady wants Dennis off the team, so he draws an unflattering picture of Mr. Spivey on a paper with Dennis' name on it. This results in Dennis being kicked off the team. With Henry out of town, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Finch and Mr. Wilson each go to see Mr. Spivey pretending to be Dennis' father.

Note: This is the last episode that explicitly mentions that John Wilson was not the original Mr. Wilson and had recently bought the house from George. It also is the final appearance in the series of Charles Lane, who played Mr. Finch, owner of the local drugstore. Also in an apparent blooper contradicting information from earlier in the series, Margaret announces to the new principal and the class that her last name is Harrington, instead of the previously-established Wade on both this series and the comic strip.
1168"San Diego Safari"Charles BartonJoe Bigelow & Jay SommersNovember 18, 1962 (1962-11-18)
Mr. Wilson is selected to pick up a chimpanzee from the San Diego Zoo, so the Wilsons and the Mitchells take a trip there. Confusion results when they try to hide and calm down the agitated chimp, at night, from their motel manager (Forrest Lewis) who is allergic to animals. Arthur Peterson Jr. appears as Mr. Gordon, the zoo director. Bob Hastings appears as a zoo guide.
1179"Dennis at Boot Camp"Charles BartonJohn ElliotteNovember 25, 1962 (1962-11-25)
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson's nephew Ted (Allan Hunt) visits him in San Diego and gives Mr. Wilson and Dennis a ride in his Navy truck – which is against Navy regulations. Mr. Wilson and Dennis hide in the back of the truck when Mr. Wilson's nephew has to pick up one of his officers. They are unable to get out of the truck and are brought back to the naval base. Their attempt to escape leads to the confusion of Mr. Wilson being mistaken for an expected demolitions expert. Roy Roberts appears as Capt. Stone.
11810"Henry's New Job"Charles BartonJohn ElliotteDecember 2, 1962 (1962-12-02)
Henry decides to leave his job at Trask Engineering, which means an overseas move for the family. Dennis does what he can to prevent this from happening including running away from home. Mr. Wilson tries to boost Henry's image to Mr. Bromley (Roland Winters), Henry's potential new boss. But in the process, he actually has the opposite effect, and Bromley decides he doesn't want Henry. When Mr. Trask, finds out that Henry has another offer, he fires him. Mr. Wilson and Dennis must work together to get Henry's job back.
11911"Wilson's Second Childhood"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerDecember 16, 1962 (1962-12-16)

Mr. Wilson hangs out and plays with Dennis and his friends for the day to gather information for a magazine article about the changing behaviors of children. That evening Mr. Wilson throws a weenie roast for the kids. While starting the fire for the grill, Dennis accidentally burns all of John's notes that he took during the day.

Note: One of Dennis' friends is played by a young Kurt Russell.
12012"Jane Butterfield Says"Charles BartonJohn ElliotteDecember 23, 1962 (1962-12-23)

Mr. Wilson takes over an advice-to-the-lovelorn newspaper column for a few weeks. He thinks he will have every single woman in town happily married by the time he finishes. However, complications arise when he unwittingly gives advice to two women - Miss Cathcart and Miss Tarbell - who are out to catch the same man, Sgt. Mooney. Stafford Repp appears as Police Chief Doyle.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance in the series of Mary Wickes, who played Esther Cathcart, and the second and final appearance of the fourth season by Alice Pearce as Lucy Tarbell.

This was the only season to not include a Christmas-themed episode.
12113"Dennis and the Hermit"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerDecember 30, 1962 (1962-12-30)
Dennis befriends a hermit named Mr. Meekin (guest star Edgar Buchanan), who lives in a shack out in the woods. Mr. Wilson thinks that the hermit fought in the Civil War with Lee, so he tries to get his life story. He winds up chopping a lot of wood for Mr. Meekin in hopes of befriending him as well. When it's finally time to get the hermits story, John finds out that Lee was Mr. Meekin's wife.
12214"My Uncle Ned"Charles BartonJoe Bigelow & Jay SommersJanuary 6, 1963 (1963-01-06)
Mr. Wilson has written a book about his eccentric Uncle Ned (Edward Everett Horton). But Uncle Ned thinks the stories in the book are incorrect, and refuses to sign a release for it to be published. When Uncle Ned finds out from the publisher how much money could be made, he decides to write his own book. Harry Worth appears as Charles D. Winfield , the publisher.
12315"Junior Astronaut"Jeffrey HaydenJoe Bigelow & Jay SommersJanuary 13, 1963 (1963-01-13)

Mr. Wilson is named chairman of a saving-stamps campaign for the Junior Astronauts. As chairman, he arranges a contest at Dennis' school in which the student who collects the most stamps wins a trip to Cape Canaveral to meet an astronaut. Dennis and Johnny Brady are leading the contest, but then Dennis comes down with Chicken Pox and can't continue. But, Dennis does get a special message that makes him feel better. Guest appearance by Project Mercury spokesman "Shorty" Powers as himself.

Note: John Wilson says briefly early in the episode, "I wasn't living here last year," the last allusion in the series to his not always having lived at 625 Elm Street. There is no mention of George or Martha Wilson. Also, Dennis's space mission in his dream is named "Menace I." This is perhaps the only time the word "menace" is mentioned during the series.
12416"Wilson's Little White Lie"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanJanuary 20, 1963 (1963-01-20)
John Wilson pretends to be sick in order to avoid Dennis and to just have a day to himself. However, Dennis is seriously worried by Mr. Wilson's "illness". He spreads the word around town, leading everyone to believe that Mr. Wilson is very sick. John's day becomes full with several concerned visitors. Hardie Albright appears as Dr. Baker. Arthur Malet appears as Reverend Stone.
12517"Dennis, the Rain Maker"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerJanuary 27, 1963 (1963-01-27)
Henry desperately wants to get out of playing golf with his boss and says he'd give $10.00 for a rain storm. Mr. Wilson gives Dennis a book called Secrets of the Indian Rain Dance, and he and his friends decide to give it a try. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson hopes to buy an old Native American artifact from a Mrs. Schooner. He would like to give it to his Alumni Society and be named Alumnus of the Year. That is, until Dennis looks on the bottom of the artifact and sees "Made in Japan".
12618"The Creature with the Big Feet"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerFebruary 3, 1963 (1963-02-03)
Mr. Wilson sees large footprints in his yard caused by Dennis' new novelty shoes and thinks they may be from a monster that has been reported in the newspaper. Since his editor Mr. Fielding (Vaughn Taylor) wants exciting stories, Mr. Wilson decides to add to the story by hoping to capture the monster. John digs a pit in his backyard and places a pig by it as bait. Things go wrong when numerous people wind up in the yard for various reasons.
12719"Dennis, the Confused Cupid"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerFebruary 10, 1963 (1963-02-10)
Dennis is interested in learning about love. His parents and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson both tell him how wonderful love is, but he just doesn't understand. The Wilson, the Mitchells, and a teenage couple each quarrel after Dennis secretly gives the girl, an old love letter that Mr. Wilson just threw away.
12820"Dennis Goes to Washington"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerFebruary 17, 1963 (1963-02-17)
Dennis is appointed by the mayor to go to Washington D.C. to ask their senator to support the creation of a national forest at nearby Hickory Mountain. Mr. Wilson goes along to cover the story and thinks his contacts there will be the thing that allows the idea of a forest to be realized. None of John's contacts pan out and it is Dennis who gets things done. Bill Zuckert appears as Senator Philbin. Harry Antrim appears as Judge Harvey Kingston. Howard Wendell appears as Senator Charles McDermott.
12921"The Big Basketball Game"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerFebruary 24, 1963 (1963-02-24)

Stretch Nichols, the school basketball team's star player, quits the team after being teased about his height and worn-out clothes one time too many by Johnny Brady and some of the other players. When Mr. Quigley hears that Stretch quit, he bets Mr. Brady that the team will lose. A sympathetic Dennis persuades Mr. Quigley to help by buying Stretch new clothes and giving him an after-school job, so that Stretch will feel better about himself and rejoin the team in time for the big game. Despite sore feet from the new shoes, Stretch leads the team to a victory. And Quigley gladly pays off on his bet. Bob Hastings appears as Coach Gilmore.

Note: This episode marks the final appearances in the series of Mr. Quigley, who was played by Willard Waterman, and Dennis' longtime nemesis Johnny Brady, played by Gregory Irvin. Gale Gordon and Sara Seegar do not appear in this episode, under the guise that John Wilson went from Washington D.C. to New York City to see his publisher. This also is the first episode since "The Party Line" in season 1 that does not include a Mr. or Mrs. Wilson character.
13022"Wilson's Allergy"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanMarch 3, 1963 (1963-03-03)
Mr. Wilson is convinced that he is allergic to Dennis because he sneezes every time he is around. Henry and Alice realize that Dennis has changed his bath soap recently, so he takes a bath with his old soap to see if that is the problem. Mr. Wilson still sneezes, so he tells Dennis that they'll have to stay away from each other from now on. The only problem is, Mr. Wilson realizes he cannot write at his best without Dennis bothering him. Mr. Wilson decides he will have to move away. Dennis decides to run away so the Wilson's won't have to move. He runs into 3 hobos who bring him back. Turns out it was a hair tonic Dennis was using that made John sneeze.
13123"Baby Booties"Charles BartonJoe Bigelow & Jay SommersMarch 10, 1963 (1963-03-10)
Mrs. Wilson knits several baby booties to use as golf club covers for a new set of clubs she bought for Mr. Wilson's birthday. Dennis sees the booties, and Tommy says it means that Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are going to have a baby. Dennis quickly spreads the word around the neighborhood. Word gets back to Mr. Wilson, and he thinks it may be true. Alan Hewitt appears as Dr. Johnson.
13224"My Four Boys"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanMarch 17, 1963 (1963-03-17)

Mr. Wilson enters an essay contest that requires the entrants to be parents. He hopes to win a large sum of money. When he wins the contest, he tries to pass off Dennis and his friends as his own children. Mr. Wilson assumes the contest judge (guest star Harvey Korman) is calling at his door, but it proves to be instead an angry motorist whose car the children had damaged. When Mr. Griffin, the contest judge, finally arrives, it turns out the prize is a free pair of shoes for each of the boys.

Note: This is Korman's second guest appearance in the series. He was the real-estate agent in Season 3's "Haunted House."
13325"Dennis and the Homing Pigeons"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMarch 24, 1963 (1963-03-24)
Dennis and Tommy play at sending messages to each other using homing pigeons. Mrs. Wilson gives Dennis a scratch pad to use for the notes without knowing that Mr. Wilson had an important stock tip written on the pad. Dennis attaches the page with the tip to a pigeon and releases it. Mr. Wilson and Henry, who also wishes to invest in the stock, try to recapture the pigeon in a haunted house. They manage to catch the elusive bird. When they get home they see a story in the evening paper about the bankruptcy of the company they wanted to invest in.
13426"A Tax on Cats"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMarch 31, 1963 (1963-03-31)
Mrs. Elkins' cat is bothering Mr. Wilson; he thinks cats are a nuisance. When he finds out there is an ordinance that requires cats to be licensed, he unwillingly volunteers to do the job of rounding them up. Dennis and his friends are against the idea of John catching the cats and plan to stop him whenever they can. Mr. Wilson tricks the boys into helping, by saying he's really helping them find homes. The boys bring all the cats to Mr. Wilson's house and Sgt. Mooney shows up to fine John for not having the cats licensed.
13527"The Uninvited Guest"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanApril 7, 1963 (1963-04-07)
While his parents are out of town, Dennis has to stay overnight at the Wilsons' house. John Wilson is not pleased about this. And the added complication of a burglar in the neighborhood is making him even more nervous. Between noises that make them think the burglar is in the house and Dennis bothering him, John goes to sleep in the Mitchell house. Dennis sees a light on at his house, so he calls the police. While Dennis, John and Sgt. Mooney are at the Mitchell house, the burglar (James Millhollin) breaks into John's house. After some more confusion, the burglar is caught. Stafford Repp appears as Lt. Wheeler.
13628"Dennis Plays Robin Hood"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerApril 14, 1963 (1963-04-14)
Dennis and his friends decide to play Robin Hood. Dennis takes Mr. Wilson's lawn edger to use on his own lawn. Mr. Wilson sees Mrs. Elkins using an edger she had recently purchased. Thinking it's his and that she had stolen it from him, he takes it back when she leaves to answer the phone. When other things go missing and turn up in Mr. Wilson's possession, Sgt. Mooney thinks John is a kleptomaniac.
13729"The Three F's"Charles BartonJoe Bigelow & Jay SommersApril 21, 1963 (1963-04-21)

Property taxes have risen, and Mr. Wilson thinks the reason is that the school is wasting money on nonessential programs and luxuries. So the principal invites Mr. Wilson to spend the day as a regular student. Harold Gould guest stars as Dennis' principal.

Note: This is Gould's second guest appearance in the series. He played the hobo in Season 3's "Haunted House."
13830"Never Say Dye"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerApril 28, 1963 (1963-04-28)
A famous actress (Erin O'Brien-Moore) commissions Mr. Wilson to write her life story thinking he is a "young, vigorous author with a youthful point-of-view." He buys some hair dye in an attempt to look younger and asks Dennis to bring it to his house for him. The bottle falls out of the box and breaks on the sidewalk, so he and Tommy replace it with a bottle of Tommy's mother's dye thinking it's the same thing. An unsuspecting Mr. Wilson proceeds to use the dye on his entire head. John then talks Henry into substituting for him, but that doesn't go too well.
13931"The Lost Dog"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanMay 5, 1963 (1963-05-05)
Dennis finds a stray dog and, since the pound is closed until the next morning, Henry allows the dog to stay in their house for the night. The dog causes nothing but trouble including barking in the basement, jumping on Henry's bed, and chasing Mr. Wilson up a tree. Mr. Wilson reads in the paper that there is a reward for a lost dog named Clyde. He gets the dog from the Mitchells, telling them that he will take care of it. It turns out not to be the lost dog and John is now stuck with it. The dog continues to cause John trouble, until the real owner finally shows up.
14032"Tuxedo Trouble"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerMay 12, 1963 (1963-05-12)
Dennis and his friends start a laundry service using Mrs. Elkins' old washing machine. Dennis offers to take Mr. Wilson's tuxedo to the cleaners but decides to try to remove a stain himself. While Dennis is away, Seymour throws the tuxedo in the washing machine with other children's dirty laundry. To cover himself, Dennis decides to give Mr. Wilson Henry's tuxedo to use. John sends the tuxedo to the tailor to have it altered. But it turns out that Henry will need his tuxedo that night. The boys have a lot of tuxedo switching to do.
14133"Hawaiian Love Song"Charles BartonJoe Bigelow & Jay SommersMay 19, 1963 (1963-05-19)
Mrs. Wilson is angry with Mr. Wilson because she thinks he's not taking her to Hawaii for their anniversary even though he promised to. He really is taking her, though, and has the plane tickets mailed to the Mitchells' so that Mrs. Wilson won't discover them. When Alice gets the envelope, she thinks that Henry has used the money from his bonus to buy them tickets to Hawaii.
14234"The Lucky Rabbit's Foot"Charles BartonJay SommersMay 26, 1963 (1963-05-26)
Dennis has what he thinks is a lucky rabbit's foot. With recent bad luck Mr. Wilson has been having, Dennis offers to let him borrow the foot. Mr. Wilson, however, doesn't believe in such superstition and doesn't take the foot. Immediately thereafter, his bad luck continues and Dennis' gets better. Mr. Wilson then tries various methods to get Dennis to give him the rabbit's foot.
14335"Listen to the Mockingbird"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerJune 2, 1963 (1963-06-02)

Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Elkins are each running for president of the Birdwatchers Society. The first mockingbird of spring has made its nest in Mr. Wilson's backyard, and its chirping keeps him up at night. When Mrs. Elkins finds out that John has removed the mockingbird's nest, she believes she has the upper hand. However, thanks to Dennis, John comes up with some incriminating evidence against her.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance in the series of Irene Tedrow, who played Lucy Elkins.
14436"First Editions"Charles BartonJay SommersJune 9, 1963 (1963-06-09)
Henry tells Dennis to get rid of his massive comic book collection, so he decides to sell them. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson wants to buy an expensive new camera, and tries to sell his first-edition books to raise the needed funds. John gets a call from a Mr. Dewey (Ronald Long) about his books. Mr. Dewey drops by to say he now cannot buy the books because he purchased the very camera John wanted. Mr. Dewey then trades the camera for John's books and Dennis' comic books. This means Mr. Wilson has to share the camera with Dennis.
14537"A Man Among Men"Charles BartonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerJune 16, 1963 (1963-06-16)
Henry has to go on a business trip, and he tells Dennis he has to be the man of the house. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson has a book he has written published and plans to give the profits to the Red Cross. He tries to get a window display for his book at the local book store, but Alvin Jessup the owner (Grady Sutton) refuses, thinking that Mr. Wilson is a greedy man. Dennis pickets in front the book store and gets Mr. Wilson in trouble. Afterwards, Dennis talks to Mr. Jessup and convinces him to sell the books.
14638"Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons"Charles BartonBudd GrossmanJuly 7, 1963 (1963-07-07)

In the series finale, Mr. Wilson's Aunt Emma visits and takes an instant liking to Dennis. This causes Mr. Wilson to fear that she will make Dennis her heir instead of him. John becomes more and more worried as Aunt Emma and Dennis spend more and more time together. In the end, Aunt Emma leaves a pirate sword to Dennis and all her money to Eloise.

Note: Verna Felton plays Aunt Emma. Coincidentally, she was the mother of Lee Millar, who played Tommy's father, Mr. Anderson, in Season 1's "Dennis' Tree House" and Season 3's "Dennis and the Pee Wee League."


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