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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Max Wilding
The Chief Nurse
The 3rd Doctor
Mother Daisy
Mother Hazel
Dee J. Thompson ...
The 1st Doctor
Alice Backes ...
The 2nd Doctor
The Amazon
Ivy Bethune ...
The Nurse
Jennifer Gan ...
The 1st Worker (as Ginny Gan)
Stacy King ...
The Female Worker


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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28 December 1964 (USA)  »

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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 »


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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A Women's World
7 May 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Barbara Barrie could look beautiful or plain, but with her angular bone structure and fine features, she had trouble looking fat, which is the main requirement for this odd role. Miss Barrie wakes up into an hallucinatory, all-female world in which she and her fellow "Mothers" (don't ask) are all wearing unconvincing "fat suits," and are fed like pigs from platters of cream puffs. There are too many styles going on in this odd episode, with some ladies in their fat suits, others obviously played by men, and others played by children. What to make of it all? Miss Barrie is puzzled by this world peopled only by women, because she has strange recollections of men. Gladys Cooper appears (stepping from "My Fair Lady" in turn-of-the-century attire) as the town historian, who instructs Miss Barrie in the ways of this world, where all men were wiped out years ago by some plan gone awry. Unfortunately, none of this is very interesting or compelling. The back story is too complex, and it all points to nothing. Ivy Bethune also appears as one of many nurses.

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