This episodes intro is a rare one in these early seasons that actually ties in to the larger episode. In it Dennis is being punished by being sent to bed early for fibbing and telling the other kids that his mother has a tattoo (the shock! – now you would hard pressed to find one who didn’t have one [I don’t have a tattoo or piercings!]).
After the actual show starts, we find out that Mr. Wilson is getting an award. A doctor comes over (the doctor, Arthur Space, also appears as a scientist on Superman and in a few other TV shows I’ve seen) with Mr. Wilson’s thank-you plaque and leaves it with the Mitchells. Unfortunately, Dennis finds out that Mr. Wilson is going on a few day vacation and will not be at the meeting where the award would be bestowed. To lure Mr. Wilson to the meeting Dr. Sinclair and the Mitchells decide to ask Mr. Wilson to make a speech at the meeting because the Mitchell family is moving in just a couple of weeks to New York and they want to send Henry off in style. It works. Mr. Wilson is elated that Dennis will be leaving and even decides to get him a good-bye forever present and Martha decides to get Alice a gift.
The Wilsons go to the Mitchells next door to find out about the move which starts the snowball that will continue throughout the program. At first Dennis is upset, but gets excited about the idea of flying. He then runs around the neighborhood telling everybody they are leaving. A couple of neighbors decide to get Alice more gifts – including Mrs. Holland who also has a kid brother soon to graduate from college who could be a great help to Henry at the office. Mr. Wilson even brings over a man to look at the house (the man is actually Roy Trendell from Green Acres, his real name is Robert Foulk, and he ran the Hooterville Telephone Company on that show). Luckily, he decides not to buy.
People out-of-state even get in on the act. Alice’s father calls and Dennis spills the news to him. Alice can’t explain the situation before he hangs up the telephone since Dennis is still hanging around. In the evening, Mrs. Holland’s brother drops by to pitch for a job, Mrs. Holland drops by with a gift as does another neighbor and the Wilsons. Alice’s uncle also calls about wanting to sell the house. Mr. Wilson even gives Dennis a bugle in his enthusiasm.
Ultimately the confusion becomes too much and the Mitchells have to break down and let everyone know what has happened. Dennis end up using the lesson he learned at the beginning of the program to send them to bed early for fibbing.
This is a really, really fun episode – particularly if you like programming when you can watch a situation spiral out of control from a seemingly innocent origin.