That Girl (1966–1971)
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Secret Ballot 

This is Ann's first Presidential election and she is studying the issues like crazy. She balks at telling her father which political party she is registered for.



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Lew Parker ...
Helen Marie (as Rosemary De Camp)


It's Halloween. Ann's mind is not on costumes and jack-o-lanterns, but rather the upcoming Presidential election, which will be the first in which she is eligible to vote. She is reading up on as much as she can so that on election day she can make an informed decision, which she believes is the duty of every voter. As Ann and Donald spend the day with her parents, she gets into an argument with her father about her constitutional right to keep her election decisions - even with which party she registered - a secret, and their fundamental differences in how to vote, with Lew historically voting for a party slate regardless of the candidates. Ann, with Donald in tow, storms out of her parent's house because of this argument. Ann may have to make up with her father sooner than later as her forgotten purse in their house makes Ann and Donald need to drive all the way back up to Brewster to retrieve it. Written by Huggo

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31 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Marlo Thomas originally wanted to title the show "Miss Independence" which was her father's nickname for her. But ABC executives felt the title sounded like a 1930s musical. Executive producer Bill Persky came up with the title "That Girl" based on his father's laments over his sister's behavior. However, in an early Season 3 episode "Secret Ballot" Lou Marie calls Ann "Miss Independence" in regards to her diligence in preparing for her first Presidential election. See more »

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An Incredible Head-Spinner
3 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Ann Marie is wrapped up in her first vote and Donald tries to tell her she is being over-enthusiastic about it, but she is like a bull in a china shop. Interest or concern over politics is one thing, but Donald is making preparations to go to Ann's parents for Halloween and Ann?

"Donald, what is your opinion on migratory workers?"

She persists like this, finally having it out with her father for not stating what party she registered with. They end up neglecting Halloween trick-or-treaters and for some ODD reason, Lew keeps slamming the door in the kids faces.

Watching this episode was like watching the groundwork being laid out for All In The Family; argument for arguments sake.

Before long, Ann and Lew were tossing around words like 'defending your opinion' and 'right to privacy'.

In the end, the episode concluded (after tidbits of Ann forgetting her purse with her keys in them, so they go back to her parents and attempt climbing thru the window) with Lew saying he raised his independent daughter to make up her own mind, or Ann trying to be more obliging to her and she will vote for whoever he wants her to.

But the blind obsession the two characters displayed was truly astonishing, and if nothing else, shows how politics can be handled incorrectly and how it fails.

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