East Side/West Side: Season 1, Episode 6

No Wings at All (28 Oct. 1963)

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The struggles of a couple trying to cope with an adult son who is mentally retarded.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Frizzell ...
George 'Georgie' Everett Jr.
Staats Cotsworth ...
Lt. Al Costello
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Patrolman Edward Lawrence
Virginia Kaye ...
Mrs. Simmons
Rona Gale ...
Laura Simmons
Sylvia Gassel ...
Older woman in the park
Maurice Shrog ...
Helen Jean Arthur ...
Younger Woman in the Park
Morton Lichter ...
Policeman (as Mort Lichter)
Robert MacBeth ...
Police dispatcher


The struggles of a couple trying to cope with an adult son who is mentally retarded.

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Writer Allan Sloane used his experiences in raising an autistic son as the basis for this episode. See more »

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Making it across the street
28 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS*** Undiagnosed but suspected autistic George Everett, Lou Frizzell, is considered a weirdo by his neighbors in his bazaar actions and it's when little Laura Simmons, Rona Gale, asked him to take a walk with her through Central Park alarm bells suddenly went off in the neighborhood. Laura's mom, Virginia Kaye, ran to the police and accused Georgie of molesting her daughter which in fact Georgie didn't do as they began to investigate him.

It was Georgie's dad, Mr. Everett, Theodore Bikel, who in disciplining his son who would lock Georgie up in the closet that in fact made him as unstable has he was to become. And it was "Our Hero" the star of the series the kind hearted but tough as nails social worker Neil Brock, George C. Scott, who by putting his two cents in that in the end-With hard love- straightened poor and confused Georgie out. But only after Georgie ran away from home beat up a number of neighborhood tugs who were making fun of him and , by reading street signs, found his way back on his own!

****SPOILERS*** All Georgie needed was both love and attention by his by the books and slave driving dad which he didn't get. All he got was being treated like a caged animal and let out only to deliver shoes that his dad, the neighborhood shoemaker, fixed up for his clients. It was by accident that Georgie was driven to the edge that he finally found confidence in himself in being able to think for himself and be able to function like a grown up. And it was the trouble that he found himself in, thanks to his dad, that was the kick in the a** that showed him how to handle problems all by himself without anyone else's help.

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