|The happy Henneseys: Jackie Cooper and Abby Dalton.|
Writers and producers of CBS' Hennesey, in the early 1960s, were more cautious. However, as noted in Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television, the wedding of Lt. 'Chick' Hennesey (played by Jackie Cooper) to his longtime girlfriend, Lt. Martha Hale (Abby Dalton), did ultimately take place, in the show's third-season finale. Star and co-producer Cooper told reporters they had received many viewer letters asking for this happy ending.
It's worth noting, though, that the wedding episode also proved to be the series finale, when CBS canceled Hennesey after a three-year run. Had Cooper's show, to use a term not then in vogue, "jumped the shark"? Was the wedding a last-ditch effort to raise the ratings of a show that was on its way out? Just to be on the safe side, if you're a popular sitcom character, the next time you attend a wedding, try not to catch that bouquet. It might be hazardous to your health.