The Patty Duke Show (1963–1966)
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Are Mothers People? 

Natalie begins to feel unappreciated at home. And the advice she gets from her friend seems to make matters worse.


Stanley Prager


Sidney Sheldon, Sidney Sheldon (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Patty Lane / Cathy Lane
William Schallert ... Martin Lane
Jean Byron ... Natalie Lane
Paul O'Keefe ... Ross Lane
Joan Copeland ... Joan Hollis


Natalie begins to feel unappreciated at home. And the advice she gets from her friend seems to make matters worse.

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Comedy | Family | Music


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A rare episode in which Cathy's regular stand-in double is also used for Patty's character. See more »


During the scene in Patty and Cathy's bedroom, Patty drops a load of laundry next to Cathy. When Cathy then stands, a nearly full profile of her stand-in double's face is shown for two seconds. It is obvious that she is not Patty Duke. Moments later, when they walk across the room, another near profile of the stand-in is exposed for one second. See more »

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4 May 2020 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

While preparing breakfast for the family, Natalie listens to a radio program that leaves her feeling unappreciated for all she does, concluding "are mother's people?" The family's self-absorbed actions firms her feelings. Natalie's friend Joan Hollis (Joan Copeland) is fully sympathetic and tells Natalie to stay in bed the next morning pretending to be sick. The family heavily downplays it, instead giving her a list of things to do during the day. Joan suggests Natalie go for the full beauty parlor treatment and a new perfumed dress to catch Martin's eye. It goes unnoticed by the entire family. Soon her attitude becomes impossible not to notice. Patty and Cathy feel she is tired from all the work and decide to clean, order groceries, and cook a dinner that Martin remarks "was one of the best dinners we've had in a long time." Naturally, Natalie now feels not only more unappreciated than ever, but unwanted. The family thinks she needs a week's vacation to herself, unknowingly worsening things to the point she questions everything more than ever.

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Release Date:

19 February 1964 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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