The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 11

Consider Her Ways (28 Dec. 1964)

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Dr. Jane Waterleigh wakes to find herself in an obese body, having just given birth to her fourth baby, and is called "Mother Orchis" and "Mother 417" by an all-female medical staff. The ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host
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Dr. Jane Waterleigh
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Laura
Robert H. Harris ...
Doctor Perrigan
Gene Lyons ...
Max Wilding
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The Chief Nurse
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The 3rd Doctor
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Mother Daisy
Diane Sayer ...
Mother Hazel
Dee J. Thompson ...
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Jennifer Gan ...
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Stacy King ...
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Dr. Jane Waterleigh wakes to find herself in an obese body, having just given birth to her fourth baby, and is called "Mother Orchis" and "Mother 417" by an all-female medical staff. The other Mothers, all of whom are corpulent and much larger than their helpers, the Servitors, tell Jane that there are no men, their only responsibility is to give birth, and Mothers neither read nor write. Jane, however, remembers her past life as a physician and wife, so two policewomen try to arrest her for "reactionism." The Doctors refuse to surrender her, and send her to sick bay, then to Laura, the historian. Laura explains that all of the men died decades ago, when a Dr. Perrigan developed a virus to control the rat population, but the strain mutated, killing all male humans, but sparing females, who were immune. Now only women survive, and they are sorted at birth into four classes--Doctors, Mothers, Servitors, and Workers--and raised in learning centers. When Laura tells Jane that she will now... Written by Lewis Amack

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The title comes from a verse in the Holy Bible. Proverbs 6:6 "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways..." See more »

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Dr. Jane Waterleigh: Suppose that in ridding society of a pest it has gotten along with for centuries, you also destroyed society.
Dr. Perrigan: Sort of throwing the baby out with the bath water, hmm?
Dr. Jane Waterleigh: Or the operation was successful, but the patient died.
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talky version of a great story
11 June 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Yes the material is great but the episode itself is pedestrian. The set up, featuring well done makeup is just a solid wall of static talking heads in one room which is kind of the point. You certainly will be screaming for something else and you'll get it once, and if, you can make it through, and the story and ideas are both ahead of their time and still timely. The remaining parts of the episode move around more and the resolution is satisfying but well within science fiction norms. So congrats to the producer Joan Harrison for taking on this material but shame on them for doing it so statically, still worth a watch. Herrmann music helps, naturally. If you have read the story you can probably skip it.


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