The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Season 1, Episode 17

The Hunger Strike (26 Jan. 1960)

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Inspired by a poem and the prospect of winning Thalia's heart, Dobie embarks on a hunger strike, evoking from his family and friends admiration, worry and even wrath.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Florida Friebus ...
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (as Stephen Franken)
Frank's Girlfriend (as Margaret Thomas)
Deon Robb ...
Young Man
Les Brown Jr. ...


Thalia has just started dating Chatsworth Osborne Jr. She admits she is doing so just because he and his family are wealthy. Dobie vows to win her back. From a love poem that he is helping Maynard learn, Dobie comes up with the idea that he will become wan and pale to gain Thalia's sympathy. How will he accomplish his physical transformation?: by going on a hunger strike. He believes both the transformation and the hunger strike itself will persuade Thalia to be his steady girl. He vows to stay on the hunger strike until Thalia agrees to his wishes. When Dobie starts getting hungry, he contemplates cheating as he doesn't want anyone but Maynard to know since many people seemed to have a vested interest in whether Dobie eats. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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26 January 1960 (USA)  »

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The poem that inspires Dobie's hunger strike is Sir John Suckling's 1638 poem, "Why so pale and wan, fair lover." Dobie also draws strength and inspiration from citing Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 ("How do I love thee?") and from the lines of Richard Monckton Milnes: "He who for love hath undergone / The worst that can befall / Is happier thousandfold than one / Who never loved at all." See more »


Thalia Menninger: [Thalia introduces Chatsworth to the Gillises] This is Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Gillis.
Winifred Gillis: How do you do?
Herbert T. Gillis: Hi.
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.: Charmed.
[Glancing around the Gillis' humble home]
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.: You, uh, live here?
Herbert T. Gillis: Yeah. What's the matter with it?
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.: Oh, nothing, nothing. It's very amusing.
Herbert T. Gillis: Yeah, we have a lot of fun just sitting around laughing at it.
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