This is one of a couple of Dennis the Menace episodes where Dennis mentions the Bay Window. In this episode I wasn’t sure that it meant stomach fat, but the second time he mentions it I was certain.
At 10:00 Tommy and Dennis sit down to watch Captain Blast land on Mars. When Tommy goes to sit down, Alice does one of her variations on the 40 yard dash to keep his muddy pant bottom from touching the carpet. It was a testament to Gloria Henry’s spryness and Billy Booth’s ability to sit down without flopping that she was able to go from one mark to another and plant a newspaper while still looking fresh.
Over in his house, Mr. Wilson is also watching the cheesy Captain Blast program with his monkey from Venus, Lieutenant Pete. Mr. Wilson calls Captain Blast a nincompoop and a fathead while railing against the scientific inaccuracies of it.
Side note: Captain Blast is played by Parley Baer – a man who made random appearances in too many TV shows to list and had recurring arcs on several different programs.
Huge private army on earth. Asks watchers to go outside at 7:30 every night this week to shoot off his terrestrial tracer gun into the air. The gun shoots glow in the dark ping pong balls.
Right before Captain blast reveals this, Mr. Wilson finds out that his wonderful new telescope is going to be delivered. The one featured in the program is quite large and must have been very expensive in its day. When Mr. Wilson looks into at 7:30 that night, he thinks he sees a satellite that has went missing in orbit. He immediately calls the newspapers and gets spreads in each the next morning. When reporters visit his house the next night to see the satellite first hand as it reorbits, Mitchell is next door and identifies the satellite.
Needless to say Wilson is humiliated in print. He then demands the store take back the telescope. As the man protests, Captain Blast shows up at Dennis’ house because Dennis won a contest. Mr. Wilson visits thinking he will humiliate Captain blast but changes his mind when he sees how much it would hurt the kids.