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Sammy and the Professor 

Alice Anne Volkman, Rebecca's old college professor and mentor, is coming by the bar to meet up with Rebecca. Rebecca is in awe of the woman. Despite Rebecca not being the best student and ... See full summary »



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Alice Anne Volkman, Rebecca's old college professor and mentor, is coming by the bar to meet up with Rebecca. Rebecca is in awe of the woman. Despite Rebecca not being the best student and a bit of a suck up, Alice liked her for her sheer determination. Sam sees Alice's visit as an opportunity to pick the brain of a business professor as to ways to buy back the bar. As with Sam and any woman, they end up sleeping together. Rebecca is shocked that her mentor would slum with the likes of Sam. Although a one-nighter in Sam's mind, Rebecca believes that for a woman with the class of Alice, she probably is expecting some sort of commitment from Sam. As it turns out, it too was just a casual fling for Alice. Rebecca, conflicted about her feelings as she feels it showed low morals for someone like Alice to sleep casually with Sam, has to decide whether to stand up to her mentor and risk losing her friendship, or continue to be the suck up she always has been while no longer respecting her. ... Written by Huggo

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4 January 1990 (USA)  »

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Alexis Smith was nominated for an Emmy Award for her appearance in this episode but she lost. See more »


In the restaurant, Sam orders for Rebecca while he and the professor are eating their salads. Rebecca's meal arrives before the others a mere 2 minutes later while they're still on their salads, even though they ordered long before she did. See more »


Sam Malone: [about business advice from Alice Ann Volkman] Actually I never did get any advice from her. She kept saying she was going to give it to me, but then we ended up in bed. And afterward she said she was going to give it to me the next day, but we ended up in bed again. You know, she never really told me anything. Now she's gone.
Rebecca Howe: Well. It's still been a hell of a couple of days.
Sam Malone: That slut.
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References Nanny and the Professor (1970) See more »

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Alexis Smith was nominated for an emmy for this role
18 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone should point out that Alexis Smith not only was nominated for an Emmy for this role (Volkman) but was a very talented actress. I invite you to read her very interesting bio on IMDb ! Some of her accomplishments: professional ballet gig at the age of 13. starred opposit Cary Grant in Night and Day. Starred opposite Errol Flynn in 4 movies Tony award for musical Follies nominated for Tony for Platinum Developed a night club act and performed in Los Angelas and in Canada, Was married her whole life to the wonderful Craig Stevens of Peter Gunn Fame.On television, Alexis was seen infrequently from the mid-1950's, sometimes appearing on the same show opposite her husband. She had a recurring role as the homicidal Lady Jessica Montfort in 'Dallas' during the 1984 and 1990 seasons and . It was fitting, or, perhaps, ironic, that her last film role ('The Age of Innocence', 1993) was as a New York socialite, a type of character she had portrayed abundantly in her heyday at Warners.

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