One of my favorite reasons for enjoying 'eight is enough' is they have 3 or 4 different events going on during the one hour episode; this one named semi-centennial Bradford. We have beautiful Abby purchasing a jacket for her husband as a gift for Tom's upcoming 50th birthday. Tom realizes that middle means center and middle means half. So turning 50 is a lot more than half of his life; unless he lives to be a hundred. He feels that most of his life is over. That you really enter middle age at half the average life span of 74, which is 37 years of age. The salesman in the store thinks Tom is 60 years of age and states it to Abby whom he thinks is Tom's daughter and not his wife; he states this also. Tom cannot fit into his 39 regular jacket nd is dismayed thinking the jacket is cut incorrectly. Abby locates a 44 regular and it fits Tom perfectly. He does not know it is a 44, he thinks it is a 39 until he looks inside the jacket.He is depressed in many ways now. Another event happening with the Bradfords is Nancy went on a boring date with a co - worker named Floyd and is trying to dump him in a nice way. Back to Tom at work where a much younger man came over to where he works from a competing newspaper and his column is replacing Tom's column on page 2. Tom's column is now on page 34 next to where else? The obituaries. The younger fellow is Hank Sullivan, he was in a few of David's classes at college, except he is younger than David Bradford. He was so smart that he skipped several years. So in fact a guy younger than Tom's son David seems to be replacing him. Now on to event three in which the 2nd oldest daughter is now a Stockton by being married to Merle Stockton. She is pregnant and about to have a child. The youngest Bradford, Nickolas is helping the soon to be proud parents name the child. Back to Nancy; she dumps Floyd and Floyd begins to date Elizabeth the youngest of the Bradford females. Back to Tom as he quits his job and goes to work at the competing newspaper than the younger guy, Hank came from. Tom's new boss Paul wants his column spiced up as Tom's old boss Elliott also wanted it spiced up. Tom quits that job also. Tom cancels a get away he had planned with Abby at Lake Tahoe and he does not want any 50th birthday to remind him and his friends that he turns 50 years of age. Back to Floyd; he was dumped by Nancy first and is now dumped by Elizabeth; so Floyd now starts to date the actress daughter Joannie. The Stocktons decide to name their child after Tom, the child's grandfather. Tom gets his old job back and works side by side with the new guy on page 2 side by side with their different view points. Happy ending; except Floyd will most likely get dumped the 3rd time and this time by Joannie.
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