When Gidget confides to her father she's in love with a world-traveling surfer bum called Kahuna, Mr. Lawrence suggests she invite him home to dinner. Kahuna arrives for dinner in a suit and talks of wanting nothing more in life than a little house, a wife, and a regular job in an electronics plant. Gidget is stunned and disappointed with Kahuna's "creepy suburban dream." Alone for a moment, she suddenly realizes that her father and Kahuna have conspired to cure her of her infatuation by making Kahuna appear the typical middle class bore. She turns the tables on Kahuna by telling him she wants nothing more than an ordinary man who dreams of putting down roots. Kahuna hurries out of the house as fast as he can. ..Read the full recap
Kahuna was played by Cliff Robertson in the 1959 film Gidget.
Mr. Lawrence: Every drifter learns eventually that being rootless simply means you're from nowhere and you're going nowhere.
How can you win? You thump your way up to the top of the biggest mountain and, ipso cripso, there's a bigger one laughing right in your face. But still, I think I agree with Plato. Life is a gas.
When Kahuna arrives at the Lawrence house for dinner, his shadow can be seen on the backdrop outside the front door.
Gidget: But still, I think I agree with Plato. Life is a gas.
Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347 BC), was an ancient Greek philosopher who, with Socrates and Aristotle, laid the philosophical foundations of Western culture. Plato was also a mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the western world.
This episode references Kahuna, a major character in both the novel and the 1959 film. In the film, Kahuna lived in a shack on the beach and spent his days surfing -- just as he does in this episode. In the novel, the name is spelled Kahoona.