Doctor at Large: Season 1, Episode 23

Pull the Other One! (1 Aug. 1971)

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It's time for the new intake of student nurses and the doctors are looking forward to picking their dates. Paul adopts a somewhat sexist attitude but is proved to be a hypocrite when his ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Barry Evans ...
George Layton ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
Joy Stewart ...
Linda Beckett ...
Maggie Henderson ...
Rosemary Hobbs
Andrea Lawrence ...
Nurse Doreen Willett (as Andria Lawrence)
Arthur English ...
Janina Faye ...
Susan Collier
Deirdre Costello ...


It's time for the new intake of student nurses and the doctors are looking forward to picking their dates. Paul adopts a somewhat sexist attitude but is proved to be a hypocrite when his younger sister, one of the students, is dated by Michael, who is unaware of the relationship. In fact Paul suspects Dick of taking advantage of her and they nearly come to blows. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Take Your Hands Off My Sister!"
30 June 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Mike and Paul have a serious disagreement. Male chauvinist Collier thinks that the nurses are there for his comfort rather than the patients; Upton asks Paul how he would like it if his sister were to be preyed on by sexual predators like himself.

By a mind-boggling coincidence, Collier's pretty young sister Susan arrives at St. Swithins that very day to become a trainee nurse. Without knowing who she is, Upton asks her out on a date. She accepts.

When Paul learns that his sister is to go out with a doctor, he hits meltdown, and sets out to stop it. But he thinks the culprit is Stuart-Clark...

Excellent episode this, written by George Layton ( under the pen name 'Oliver Fry' ) and former 'Doctor In The House' cast member Jonathan Lynn. It questions the morality of the doctor's sexually promiscuous lifestyles, with Collier and Upton advocating opposite viewpoints, before gradually switching them. As Paul points out, this is 'the permissive society', but when his sister wants to be a part of it, he reacts as any concerned brother would. Its easy to forget now that in the 'era of free love', you only had to look admiringly at a girl in the street and her brothers belted the living daylights out of you for doing so.

The oft-mentioned 'Nurse Doreen Willett' is finally seen, played by the attractive Andria Lawrence. Judging by her reputation with men ( even nurses laugh when Paul tells them he has a date with her ), she should have changed her surname by deed poll to 'Willing'.

Funniest moment - Upton angrily confronting Stuart-Clark with a girl he thinks is Collier's sister. The girl panics and flees. Realising his mistake, Mike apologises, only for Dick to charge at him like a mad bull!

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