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
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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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Alice Backes ...
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The Amazon
Ivy Bethune ...
Jennifer Gan ...
The 1st Worker (as Ginny Gan)
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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One of the Great Hitchcock Hours
20 August 2009 | by (Out There in the Dark) – See all my reviews

I can't add much to the other comment here. This is one of the few truly classic Alfred Hitchcock Hour episodes, along with "The Jar", "Final Escape" and "An Unlocked Window". "Consider Her Ways" tends to be overlooked, but it certainly deserves attention. This is surely one of the most sustained hours of strangeness ever made for television. Veteran TV director Robert Stevens must have been working at his peak: the Twilight Zone-like atmosphere is remarkably convincing as is acting. Especially noteworthy is the lead, Barbara Barrie, who deserves recognition for this impressive work. Fans of John Wyndham's writing should be pleased with this adaptation as well. Absolutely not to be missed.


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