Charlie's Angels: Season 1, Episode 11

The Seance (15 Dec. 1976)

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After incurring pressure from her insurance agency, wealthy widow Grace Rodeheaver hires the Angels to investigate her case of jewelry missing, and upon discovering that she consults with a... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Jill Munroe (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
Madam Dorian
La Plante
Cliff Medaugh ...
Elderly Gentleman
Kathryn Fuller ...
Nancy Cameron ...
Miss Ohio
Gertrude Flynn ...
Grace Rodeheaver


After incurring pressure from her insurance agency, wealthy widow Grace Rodeheaver hires the Angels to investigate her case of jewelry missing, and upon discovering that she consults with a medium to handle her affairs, Kelly unwittingly offers damning information. Written by pafpdd

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15 December 1976 (USA)  »

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When the entranced Kelly drives her car at night she unintentionally side-swipes another vehicle. Later on, after speeding downhill with Jill, there is a long shot of her car, but there is no damage to the vehicle. See more »


Grace Rodeheaver: I have retained Mr. Townsend's Cherubs.
La Plante: Cherubs?
John Bosley: Angels. That's what Charlie calls them: Angels.
La Plante: [sarcasm] Dynamite.
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Referenced in Charlie's Angels: Angels in Springtime (1978) See more »

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"Sounds like an inside job..."
29 April 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Wealthy Grace Rodeheaver of Los Angeles hires Townsend Investigations to uncover the identity of the person (or persons!) responsible for stealing expensive jewelry out of her wall-safe...without leaving so much as a fingerprint! Immediately, detectives Jill, Kelly, Sabrina, and ever-faithful John Bosley discover that Ms. Rodeheaver has great personal devotion to her spiritual adviser: one Madam Dorian. A trip to the medium (under the guise of an oil heiress) nearly proves fatal for Kelly, however: her ruse is deflated under hypnosis, but worse, her troubled years as an orphan are brought to the fore along with memories of a matron named Beemish who locked little Kelly in a dark closet! We have already learned by this point in the series that Kelly Garrett was raised in an orphanage run by nuns, yet no saintly sisters appear this time. Where did Beemish come from? And where were the nuns when Kelly was being abused? Amusingly, Jaclyn Smith's Kelly is in a perpetual foul mood throughout this episode (except for when she's picking out a new dress for the séance), allowing for some rare prickly exchanges between the Angels. At one point, Kelly turns to the others with a harsh, "Would you stop big-sistering me! I'm FINE!" This makes for an interesting personal dynamic between the characters, who are usually seen joshing with each other when they're not on a case. There are definitely holes in this teleplay, though nearly every episode managed to stretch realism just a tad. Hypnotized, nightgown-clad Kelly apparently walks home early in the morning from the soothsayer's digs to her own house--which looks to be a quite a journey indeed! Farrah Fawcett-Majors, who complained years later that this series never allowed her to explore a real character, must have forgotten her genuinely moving scene with Jaclyn Smith in a runaway car, and there are two savvy guest-performances by Carole Cook as Madam Dorian and Rene Auberjonois as her nefarious partner. The big scene with Kelly and Jill at the séance demonstrates what was so tasty about Aaron Spelling's "Charlie's Angels": a little seriousness, a little tongue-in-cheek playfulness, some camp value, but always with an unerring eye on the personalities of the Angels, sharp ladies we have come to know so well.

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