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Consider Her Ways 

Amnesiac woman awakens in a dystopian society formed after the extinction of all men where women are sorted at birth into one of four casts - Workers, Mothers (human incubators), Servitors and Doctors. She rebels against being a Mother.


Robert Stevens


Oscar Millard (teleplay), John Wyndham (story)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Barbara Barrie ... Dr. Jane Waterleigh
Gladys Cooper ... Laura
Robert H. Harris ... Doctor Perrigan
Gene Lyons ... Max Wilding
Ellen Corby ... The Chief Nurse
Virginia Gregg ... The 3rd Doctor
Carmen Phillips ... Mother Daisy
Diane Sayer ... Mother Hazel
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... The 1st Doctor
Alice Backes ... The 2nd Doctor
Eve Bruce ... The Amazon
Ivy Bethune Ivy Bethune ... The Nurse
Jennifer Gan Jennifer Gan ... The 1st Worker (as Ginny Gan)
Stacy King Stacy King ... The Female Worker


Dr. Jane Waterleigh wakes to find herself in an obese body, having just given birth to her fourth baby, and is called "Mother Orchis" and "Mother 417" by an all-female medical staff. The other Mothers, all of whom are corpulent and much larger than their helpers, the Servitors, tell Jane that there are no men, their only responsibility is to give birth, and Mothers neither read nor write. Jane, however, remembers her past life as a physician and wife, so two policewomen try to arrest her for "reactionism." The Doctors refuse to surrender her, and send her to sick bay, then to Laura, the historian. Laura explains that all of the men died decades ago, when a Dr. Perrigan developed a virus to control the rat population, but the strain mutated, killing all male humans, but sparing females, who were immune. Now only women survive, and they are sorted at birth into four classes--Doctors, Mothers, Servitors, and Workers--and raised in learning centers. When Laura tells Jane that she will now... Written by Lewis Amack

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The title comes from a verse in the Holy Bible. Proverbs 6:6 "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways..." See more »


Dr. Jane Waterleigh: Suppose that in ridding society of a pest it has gotten along with for centuries, you also destroyed society.
Dr. Perrigan: Sort of throwing the baby out with the bath water, hmm?
Dr. Jane Waterleigh: Or the operation was successful, but the patient died.
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'Anty' natal issues in the mother of all strange Alfred Hitchcock shows
6 August 2017 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing if you can take John Wyndham's weird world where a woman (Barbara Barrie) wakes up finding her name has been changed to Mother Orchid. At first it might seem like the vision of very right-wing politicians as we see mindless women with absolutely no choice about the defining role of giving birth they are chosen for.

As time goes on you will see an infinitely more complicated situation unravel and find out why the other women of this dystopia insist there is only one sex. The sight of Barbara Barrie rolling in the bloated body make-up (incongruous with her face) has to be the weirdest moment in this series. (Maybe not a good episode to watch if you're currently pregnant).

Man does appear in the form of Leif Erickson (much too far in for anyone to confuse this with an episode of 'The High Chaparral'). Gladys Cooper plays a historian shedding some light for the confused woman. The historian's take on consumerism sounds like one of Mr Hitchcock's digs at the commercials. Also there's Virginia Gregg (excellent character actress of so much Hitchcock TV) adding to the fine acting support as a doctor.

I recommend this very singular episode which is carried nicely by a stirring central performance from Barbara Barrie.

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28 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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