Gidget (1965–1966)
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All the Best Diseases Are Taken 

When protest singer Billy Roy Soames comes to town, Gidget gets inspired by his activism. In her own twist, Gidget and Larue get Billy Roy involved in a protest to lower unfair movie ticket prices.

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John Cooper (as Pete Deuel)
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When protest singer Billy Roy Soames comes to town, Gidget gets inspired by his activism. In her own twist, Gidget and Larue get Billy Roy involved in a protest to lower unfair movie ticket prices.

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17 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Gidget is watching 'Mr. Smith goes to Washington' on TV. See more »

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Features Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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Ruined by the guest star
30 May 2016 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

The reason that Episode 10, "All the Best Diseases Are Taken," from November 1965, fails is for one reason, and for that, there are numerous contributors.

Gidge & LaRue (Lynette Winter) decided to protest when their local movie theater raises its ticket prices only for the Friday & Saturday evening showing that most of Gidget & her high school pals attend.

Gidge get protesting, folk singing hero Billy Roy Soames to join the cause.

However, in the end, Soames, who is staying Gidget & Prof Lawrence (the wonderful Don Porter) splits just before the rally, proving to be little better than a wandering bum to whom an actual commitment means nothing.

The episode's problem: As written by Tony Wilson, and as directed by journeyman E.W. Swackhamer, and as played by future cult film director Henry Jaglom, Soames is so thoroughly unlikable that the episode is ruined.

He's rude, crude, manner-less,and completely self-centered. He's disgusting and who can root for someone like that? And because of that, who can really enjoy this episode? What a shame.

Had guest Martin Milner in an earlier episode, "The Great Kahuna," played his legendary surf bum like that it would have ruined what is one of the show's finest episodes.


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