Episode 13: Is There A Doctor In The House?

Hello again friends and readers! Thank you for joining me for this week’s review of “Is There A Doctor In The House?” The episode originally aired on December 26th, 1969. The plot sees all six of the Brady kids stricken with measles and Mike and Carol being forced to choose a pediatrician for them all. It’s another pretty solid and sensible episode with two guest stars who were no strangers to television. So, let us begin our review of “Is There A Doctor In The House?”

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The episode opens with Carol and Alice cleaning up the house. Peter is sent home from school early with a temperature of 101.1. He must live really close to the school to be sent home without the school calling a parent, especially with him sick. Suppose he passed out on the sidewalk between the school and house? He questions if his fever is a record or not before being sent upstairs. Alice’s immediate concern is if the other kids will soon find themselves sick. Alice even tries to crack a joke. She quotes the warden of the state prison saying, “I’d hate to seem them all break out at once”. Carols sees absolutely no humor in this and walks off. Usually, Carol will say, “Oh Alice” or something like that, but not this time. At least the laugh track kicked in for Alice.

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No laughter from Carol here!

 

The next scene opens with a shot of the exterior of Mike’s office. I am not sure if we have seen it before. Mike chuckles at the news that Peter has the measles and says he will bring officehim some comic books home. After the phone call, Carol asks Alice the whereabouts of the thermometer which Alice immediately assumes she is referring to the meat thermometer.  She must have forgotten that Peter was sick or perhaps she was being passively aggressive towards Carol after her reaction to the warden joke. Carol then calls Dr. Porter and asks her to come by the house. At the conclusion of the call, some dramatic music plays as it is revealed that Jan also has the measles!

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Now two Brady children have the measles! In my entire life, I’ve never known somebody with the measles. Upon researching the illness, it was found that today, vaccines have contributed largely to the decline of the illness. Per Wikipedia, the measles were eradicated from the Americas in 2016. The illness is described as red blotchy spots that include a fever, runny nose, cough and achy feelings.

In the next scene, Alice is taking Peter’s temperature while he works a crossword puzzle. He can’t think of a seven letter word for drink and in an irritated tone seeks Alice’s help. Jan begins yelling for Carol, but Alice goes to assist her. All Jan needs is to show somebody the picture she has drawn. It’s an artsy looking bird that Jan asks Alice to identify. Peter then summons Alice again to come help with the crossword puzzle. Alice goes back and forth with guesses for both Peter and Jan. This scene concludes with Peter needing a five letter word for tired, to which Alice suggests A-L-I-C-E.

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Back at Mike’s office, he is making a call to Dr. Cameron and asks him to come to the house and check on Peter. Back at the Brady house, the other doctor that Carol summoned is just arriving. Upon the news that Jan has since came home with the measles, Dr. Porter accuses Carol of trying to get two for the price of one. Here begins the episode’s conflict. Peter does not want to be seen by Dr. Porter. He is very uncomfortable with a woman examining him. As Carol tries to explain to him that he has nothing to be concerned about, Jan begins yelling for Carol. Carol asks Dr. Porter to explain to Peter why he has nothing to be jancameronworried about while she goes to see what Jan needs. Carol enters the girls’ bedroom and walks right past Dr. Cameron. She doesn’t even notice there is a man standing in the room until Jan points this obvious fact out! Upon finally noticing him, Carol protects Jan, threatens to call the police and accuses Dr. Cameron of breaking and entering. Dr. Cameron explains who he is and that Alice brought him up.

Carol meets Mike coming down the hall to see Peter and tells him it is conference time. They discuss the two doctor dilemma and Mike says both doctors will be drummed out of the AMA if it is discovered they are both making house calls. This got me to pondering doctors making house calls. I’ve never known of it occurring in my lifetime. Per Wikipedia, in the early 1960s, 40% of doctor-patient interaction occurred during house calls. By 1980, this was down to .06%. A Google search suggested that there is a small segment of doctors looking to revive the house call. However, with today’s technological advances in medicine, the effectiveness  of a house call is diminished. Readers, if you have any memories of a doctor making a house call and would like to share, please do so!

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While Mike and Carol discuss women taking care of boys and men taking care of girls, it is revealed that the measles have spread to all the Brady children. The value of Dr. Porter and Dr. Cameron is touted by Bobby and Cindy as it is revealed that Dr. Cameron gives lollipops and Dr. Porter gives all day suckers. Mike says that doctors must have a deal with dentists. Upon the doctors coming down the stairs, the kids mob them and the scene ends. What follows is Mike and Carol discussing with the doctors that they will have a discussion about which of them the family will continue using. Dr. Cameron says they understand as he doesn’t expect Mike and Carol to “double” their doctors.

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Marion Ross as Dr. Porter and Herbert Anderson as Dr. Cameron.

 

This is a good spot in our review to discuss the episode’s guest stars. Dr. Porter was played by Marion Ross. She is certainly no stranger to television. Most fans of classic sitcoms will easily recognize her as Mrs. Cunningham from the long running show “Happy Days”. She has been acting since 1953 and remains busy today! IMDB reflects three 2016 acting credits. She also had regular roles on The Drew Carey Show, That 70’s Show and Gilmore Girls. Dr. Cameron was played by Herbert Anderson. Classic sitcoms fans might recognize him as Henry Mitchell from the 1950s classic “Dennis The Menace”. This was one of my favorite shows growing up. I still enjoy it today, as long as it is a George Wilson episode and not a John Wilson one. Nothing against Gale Gordon, I just like Joseph Kearns’ Mr. Wilson much more. Herbert Anderson’s final television appearance was on “The Waltons” in 1975. He died in 1994.

After the doctors have left, Mike is seen mixing a drink. I don’t recall ever seeing either Mike or Carol enjoy an adult beverage before of after this. I guess the stress of picking a doctor has driven Mike to the bottle. In an odd exchange about choosing a doctor, Carol drinksaid she would never be able to forgive herself if they chose Dr. Porter and “something happened”. Mike says he feels the same if Dr. Cameron was chosen. Did they anticipate one of these pediatricians performing a delicate operation on the kids? Both had all ready touted their confidence in each doctor and now they talk as though they are taking a risky bet by allowing one or the other to continue seeing the children. Carol tells Mike to decide “which doctor” they will use and Mike says he’d settle for a “witchdoctor” at this point.

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Upstairs, the four older Brady children are playing a board game. I had always assumed it was Monopoly, but the DVD allowed a closer look during this viewing. Marcia laments that Greg won her railroad and Peter says all he needs is two more houses. This certainly didn’t sound like typical Monopoly jargon to me. Upon freezing the frame, it is revealed that while the kids are using a Monopoly game board and pieces, the name of the game has

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That’s not Monopoly!

been covered up. The producers were no doubt looking for a way to avoid paying any kind of royalties or fees to Parker Brothers and decided to be extra vigilant against any such payments by having the kids reference made up rules and gameplay. Bobby and Cindy are keeping themselves busy coloring in the other room. They both enter the girls’ room arguing. Bobby has decided to color Cindy’s measles another color and she protests. This childish dispute soon gives way to the episode’s main conflict of male and female healthcare professionals. Upon voicing support for the male doctor, female nurse stereotype, the boys are booted from the girls’ room.

 

Down in the kitchen, meals are being prepared for all six children. Each have come to possess a different means of summoning the adults of the household and each are working to be even more obnoxious with it! After one crazy noise is heard and identified, another follows. Greg’s bongo drums have gotten to be too much and Mike finds a cowbell for him to use instead. In a preview of the Brady craziness that is yet to come, the inventory of the food to be delivered to the kids’ rooms is sung to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

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“And oo-oo-ooone cowwwwwbelll!”

 

As the food is delivered, some of the kids act like entitled brats. Greg complains about there being no baloney and Mike tells him the meal he was brought is a feast fit for a king. Greg tells him to give it to the king and get him some baloney. Peter turns his nose up at broccoli and Jan wants gravy with her meal. In an iconic dense Cindy moment, she asks why she always gets peanut butter and jelly, to which Carol reminds Cindy that she loves peanut butter and jelly. Cindy’s reply of “Oh yeah, I keep forgetting” goes down as one of the dumbest Cindy moments of the series. In case you missed it last week, regular reader and contributor Jack shared via the comments section how these lines that made Cindy look so dim really chapped Susan Olsen. Thanks Jack for sharing! The scene concludes with Mike and Carol going up and down the stairs in continued service to the children.

In another dose of low level craziness, the next scene opens with a chalkboard listing each child and Tiger and the illnesses they have experienced. It seems the list could have been handled a bit more easily on a sheet of paper, but this is the Brady Bunch where chartthings tend to be overdone. I won’t even try to determine why the Brady’s own a chalkboard this size. Maybe it was included with the lectern they used in “Vote For Brady”.  Mike enters wearing one hideous jacket. I love vintage stuff, but his attire hear looks like something a shady car salesman would wear in a comedy routine. Mike looks over the chart and asks about the kids having distemper. Alice points out that is Tiger’s column. If you watch closely, you will see that Mike asked about some other illness, but it was looped over with distemper. Best I can tell, he asked about rabies, but I am no lip reader. Upon learning that the kids will be getting ice cream sundaes, shortly before dinner, Mike suggests the kids are taking advantage of the situation. However, Alice reminds Mike of how entitled he felt when he was stricken with the flu as he was equally needy and demanding of pampering.

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Yikes!  That jacket!

 

In the living room, Mike and Carol revisit the discussion about which pediatrician they will continue to use. Mike suggests the most logical, reasonable, intellectual option of flipping a coin. He then says that the children should decide. It seems there really is no decision to be made on their part as they have all voiced their desire to use their respective doctors. The scenes that follow are of Mike and Carol trying to convince the kids that the other doctor is a good choice. The girls all hide under their blankets as Carol tries to convince them and questions their actions in the scenario of a sinking ship with only a male doctor to rescue them. It’s an absurd analogy as being saved from a sinking ship really can’t be equated with the regular care of a doctor. Regardless, the girls spring up from their hiding and yell in unison they’d rather drown than allow a male doctor to treat them. Mike is equally unsuccessful in his attempt to explain the merits of a female doctor. Upon trying to make clear there is no difference between a male and female doctor, Greg reminds Mike that he taught the boys about the birds and the bees. Here Mike should have countered that the male and female anatomy has nothing to do with medical knowledge. Instead, the scene ends.

Downstairs, the two doctor dilemma is discussed again. Mike points out that neither he nor Carol changed doctors when they got married, so why should the kids? He proclaims himself a genius for coming to such a conclusion. Carol immediately shoots him down by pointing out a genius would have realized that much sooner. Conveniently, the doctors happen to stop by at that moment to check on the kids. They reveal the exciting news that they will be combining their practices. Mike and Carol think this is great news. My thought that was that the Bradys are back to square one as I highly doubt both doctors would come to the Brady home in the future should a doctor be needed. The issue of a male versus female doctor would still remain depending on which doctor was working or available that day. While sharing this news, Dr. Cameron notices a spot on Mike’s face. It appears he too now has the measles. Mike offers to prove a point to the boys and allow Dr. Porter to examine him, but Carol nixes this idea quickly.

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Mike has the measles!

 

The epilogue sees the oversized illness chart again. Just as it seems everyone is well and will remain as such, we find out that Alice now has the measles. I hope the kids had to wait on her hand and foot like she did them!

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This concludes the review of “Is There A Doctor In The House?” I remember growing up, that this episode numbered among my favorites. It was fun seeing all the kids together and how they responded to being sick. As an adult, I find the episode to be just average. Other than Cindy’s most memorable line about peanut butter and jelly and seeing Henry Mitchell and Mrs. Cunningham, there isn’t much that occurs that was noteworthy. Please share any comments or thoughts of your own as they are most welcome! Next week, we review “Father of the Year”. It’s another episode I remember seeing aired quite often. Have a great weekend!

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Peter has the measles?  Hahahaha!

Author: bradybunchreviewed

I am a lifelong fan of the Brady Bunch. I love it for it's wholesomeness, it's absurdity and how it serves as a time capsule for a time that really never existed, but so many of us wish it did. The show was off the air by the time I was born, but I enjoyed it daily at 4:35 PM for years on Atlanta's Superstation 17, TBS. Through the years I've enjoyed the Brady Bunch spinoffs (however short lived), revivals in pop culture, books, reunions, movies and spoofs. Now, I am excited to be revisiting the show after nearly a decade's hiatus from viewing. I am a parent now, so there may be some new perspectives never before experienced. I hope my fellow fans, lovers and haters alike of the Brady Bunch will join me on this blogging adventure and share your own thoughts and observations.

45 thoughts on “Episode 13: Is There A Doctor In The House?”

  1. Maybe the Brady kids play Monopoly by house rules; the shot of all the money in the middle of the board (and the Monopoly name covered by tape, for extra coverage) reflects one of these ridiculous rules, where players throw money into a pool (when they’re “just visiting” jail, for instance) and collect all the cash if they land in a certain space (such as Free Parking).

    Later in the series, another board game makes an appearance, but the kids treat it like a puzzle.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Mangler! I’ve missed hearing from you. I’ve played Monopoly with purists who forbid house rules and could never even fathom the Brady kids’ version. Growing up we always put any Community Chest and Chance fines in the middle of the board for the Free Parking jackpot.

      I will be looking for the board game turned puzzle in the episodes to come!

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      1. The board game you’re referring to is SCORE FOUR and it can be seen in “Goodbye Alice Hello”. Bobby and Cindy try to get Kay to see if she could “solve the puzzle” (Alice never could).

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    2. Not Mangler. That was the current version of Monopoly in those years. The Railroad was still a popular means of transportation! Unfortunately it disappeared from many places in my country and from the United States, so that’s why they will have modernized Monopoly. Here I leave you a link where you can see that it is exactly the same as what is seen in this broadcast of the BB https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Solutions-Monopoly-Nostalgia-Board/dp/B0099RITFS/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2JA98WTCPS8D6&dchild=1&keywords=antique+monopoly+game&qid=1591653084&sprefix=Monopoly+antique%2Caps%2C311&sr=8-3

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  2. Great Review!

    One of my problems with “Is There A Doctor in The House” is noticing how healthy all six of the Brady kids look! I don’t know the exact symptoms of measles, but it would at least appear to indicate a loss of appetite, yet we have Carol and Alice making a different meal, or seemingly so for six different kids! That’s ridiculous! Even if the kids were healthy, the Brady food budget and time constraints would not allow Carol and Alice to make so many different meals, especially when the kids are sick! The kids laugh, talk, argue, and look as healthy as ever! I wonder if Robert Reed noticed this and object to this observation?

    Worse, having a big debate over what doctor to use is stupid. If Mike trusted Dr. Cameron with his sons and Carol trusted Dr. Porter for her daughters, why not let each side of the family continue to use its own doctor? This is even resolved in the epilogue of the episode, where Dr. Porter and Dr. Cameron decide to combine their practice because of the long work hours and not having an associate. This episode leads to an obvious compromise, and Barry Williams even discusses this in his book, Growing up Brady. Barry said, “Why we spent a half hour, reaching that obvious compromise, I have no idea.”

    Notice the way that Carol and Mike are both able to call Dr. Porter and Dr, Cameron on a whim and they are right there at their mercy. No voicemail. Just “Can you stop by the house?” Oh sure, right away.” Times have sure changed. There is no way you could speak to any physician nowadays by just calling the office. A secretary or receptionist would take the call, and than the doctor’s nurse would generally call back to say what the doctor recommends to the patient that had called.

    The illness chart on the blackboard is an obvious time-waster and likely Robert Reed cringe-worthy. As he says, “The doctors can keep records that they can transfer from one to the other.” Robert seemed to say “Rabies” but the word “distemper” is dubbed in. I can see why he objected to that whole sequence, Alice, “That’s Tiger’s column, might as well keep a record for the vet.” Well, if your going to keep a record for anything, you don’t do it on a chalkboard! Chalkboards have been known to get erased among other things. No computers or on-line storage back in 1969, but Carol and Mike certainly could have had a mini-phone notebook or a file organizer where all they would need would be the name and number of the doctor’s offices. Put it on the refrigerator, a cabinet door, but to make a chart of illnesses on a blackboard really strains credibility.

    Thank you for pointing out perhaps Cindy’s stupidest dialogue exchange in the whole series!

    Cindy -“How come, I always gotta have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?”

    Carol- “Because you love them.”

    Cindy- “Oh, yea! I keep forgetting.

    Geez! With an exchange like that can Cindy be any more lame?

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    1. They used a chalkboard for that scene so we can all see the medical histories of each child (and Tiger)–wait, why do we need to know all this?? And chalkboards have been known to get erased, indeed! Don’t forget when Alice had an heirloom recipe on the kitchen chalkboard and Bobby (?) erased it in his desire to illustrate a key play in Greg’s football game. But the recipe was saved when Peter (?) happened to take a picture of it.

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      1. Actually,

        It was Bobby who took a picture of Alice’s Cake recipe in the episode, “Click.” He takes a lot of pictures in this episode. It’s a great one! Centering around Greg playing football and Carol’s concerns of him getting hurt. A hysterical line is here with Greg trying to convince Carol. Greg “Mom, a guy could get hurt right in his own home, by falling in the bathtub.” Carol. “Oh, sure, but he doesn’t have two other guys in the bathtub with him, trying to knock him down1” LMAO!!!

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    2. You are correct, I remember my mother, who was a nurse, watching this with me and laughing saying, ‘If those kids actually had the measles, they’d be a lot sicker than that.’

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  3. Correction: Actually, I had forgotten the epilogue about Alice seemingly coming down with the measles. The decision to use each side of the family’s own doctor comes before this scene, not in the epilogue.

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    1. I remember well Alice’s recipe on the chalkboard. I always wondered why this heirloom recipe existed solely on a chalkboard. Did she transfer it from some brittle old sheet of paper and then toss the paper thinking the recipe would stay on the chalkboard indefinitely?

      Thanks Jack for the Barry Williams commentary from “Growing Up Brady”. I bet Robert Reed did research the measles thoroughly to confirm the kids conformed to the symptoms. In my brief research, I found that there really isn’t any treatment for it, which lead me to wonder why the doctors made a second house call.

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      1. I think that Measles were similar to Chicken Pox. With pox, you’re basically just itchy and lethargic, but still have a normal appetite, sense of humor, etc..You’re just told to stay in bed and away from other children while it runs it’s course

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      2. I think throughout the episode, Alice is using the chalkboard to reconstruct the recipe as she remembers bits and pieces of it. She finally gets it all figured out when Peter (I think) erases it to show Alice a cool play that he and the boys had just seen at the football game they attended.

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  4. I just noticed something in this episode. Look at the background in the girls’ bedroom as the four of them are playing (generic?) Monopoly. The wallpaper has a pattern of pastel-colored, 4-petal flowers against a white background. (IMHO, this pattern is more suited for a nursery than for older girls, which might be why they replaced the wallpaper as a subplot in “My Brother’s Keeper”.) The screenshot on this page was from the DVD, correct? Now then, look at the clip from the episode “Eeeny Meenie, Mommy Daddy” posted by CBS on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0mKKkSVVXk ) That same wall is now painted pink, matching the closet doors. The kiddie wallpaper is still present behind the mirror and dresser. I noticed the same thing on the BB episodes that MeTV is running, but there, ALL the wallpaper has been replaced.

    So it seems that on at least some of the episodes of BB released for syndication, the flowery wallpaper has been digitally removed in favor of a solid pink color. Anyone know why? Do the current syndicators think that nursery-like wallpaper in an older girls’s bedroom is too much of a turn-off for today’s viewers? Do the pastel colors stand out too much in this age of HD-quality? (This assumes the shows now in syndication have been re-scanned from the original film at either 720 or 1080 pixel resolution; DVDs can only handle 480.) Or, here’s a stretch — did the originator of the flower pattern claim a patent or copyright, and thus demand royalties? (I’m not sure, but I think the pattern remained on the curtains and/or the dust ruffles.)

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    1. Great catch Mikey! I looked over the past screenshots I have available and the wallpaper seems to vary. Perhaps it’s a matter of the shooting order? That wall paper may have proved troubling early on and was changed to the pink wall.

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    2. This is one of 9 episodes from the first season, not made available on HULU, Amazon Prime, YouTube nor Daily Motion.
      I can’t see it having anything to do with wall paper but, perhaps, the outdated, sexist talk of Greg and Peter, regarding womens’ professional roles?

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      1. The photo of the anti-vaccine article clarifies that it is not the one of the episode. This clarification is just below.

        “The Brady Bunch, circa 1970, with oldest sister Marcia seated in front. In one episode of the show from 1969, the sisters and brothers all stay home from school with measles.”

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    3. I have an opinion for the change from wallpaper to pink and that is that if the sequence was filmed in the Paramount studios, it is very likely that they used the set for other shows. The Brady house was also used in Mannix, perhaps this is the reason for the changes. Wallpapering is very difficult . The Monopoly used by the four Brady children is the current version in the 60’s. See this article on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Solutions-Monopoly-Nostalgia-Board/dp/B0099RITFS/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2JA98WTCPS8D6&dchild=1&keywords=antique+monopoly+game&qid=1591653084&sprefix=Monopoly+antique%2Caps%2C311&sr=8-3

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  5. One of my favorite lines in Brady Bunch history is from this episode. When Alice, Mike and Carol are in the kitchen, about to take the kids their meals and they get annoyed by all the buzzers and bells, either Mike or Carol say something about how they are concerned that they will probably dream of bells that night. Then Alice chimes in…”every night I dream about bells. And they’re always the same kind; wedding bells!” Pause as Mike and Carol smile…”THEN I WAKE UP!” Her delivery on that was perfect.

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  6. I remember this as another episode in my earliest memory. The Cindy Sandwich line was dumb and I was gobsmacked seeing kids be pushy with their parents (mine would have told me to take a hike!)
    The kids probably are overheated (walking home in the heat?)
    Marion Ross looked stylish and professional as a doctor.
    I wish that Mike and Carol would have talked to the kids about specialties in medicine and that the Doctors are just general practitioners/pediatricians. I found the thing funny as one episode of “The Golden Girls” had Blanche skeptical about being examined by a female doctor; but then again I know of women from conservative backgrounds who are more comfortable with being examined by a woman than a man.

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  7. One thing that didn’t get mentioned is that neither of these doctors is ever seen again. I’m thinking in particular of the episode in which both Cindy and Carol both have tonsilitis. There is a doctor present, but he is neither Porter or Cameron.

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  8. I noticed from the screen shot, Marcia, Jan, Bobby and Cindy have not had the mumps, while Peter and Greg have.

    In the later seasons when Bobby thinks he is exposed to Mumps, Bobby, Cindy, Marcia and Jan sit around waiting for the call that will tell them if they’ve been exposed to Mumps but Greg and Peter do not (since you only get Mumps once, they wouldn’t care.)

    I wonder if this is continuity or just a coincidence?

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  9. Great review and I know it’s silly but it’s one of my favorite episodes. By the way did anybody else catch how mr. Brady pretty much pushed Mrs Brady aside and almost cuts back to the alcohol? I have just watch that scene four times in a row, I mean he really doubles back for that stuff and his eyes are wide open!

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    1. Hmmm…perhaps, later on, she was teased by the other girls for letting a male doctor treat her and she closed ranks with her sisters, thereafter.

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  10. Again very happy to read so many excellent comments. Each time I learn a little more about the Bradys, since the book by Barry Williams and those that followed have not been translated into Spanish. I would love to read them! Regarding pediatric doctors: In the 60’s and 70’s the family doctor was very common and you had direct access, calling him on the phone as Carol and Mike do. Two of my uncles were pediatricians, they had their office in their private home and they made home visits and a second visit was mandatory (And with the medical discharge the parents canceled the account). Both uncles (one brother of my mother and the other brother of my father) had a file where they wrote down every time they attended a patient with temperature, weight, height and diseases. You called them and if the case required a greater depth (for example a heart disease) they made interconsultations or if it was very serious, they referred the specialist. In my country it was rare for a doctor to visit, since they could call you at any time of the night. There was no rest for those doctors. And, although they were other times, a single woman at dawn was not without her risk (And sometimes frowned upon, “Too much independence” or “Very masculine”)

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  11. I meant to say female doctors in: “In my country it was rare for a doctor to visit ” . ¡Maldito Google Translator!

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  12. A curiosity for you: My maternal grandfather was a medical surgeon and he also had his medical office in his own house and even in 1969 (almost retired) he prescribed with the ingredients for the pharmacist to prepare the drug. For example: I would not prescribe a “Valium” but for each component with the required grams! This is how they taught medicine in Buenos Aires in the 20’s

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  13. An OK episode. I agree that the solution to the doctor problem was pretty obvious early on.

    That look of terror on Jan’s face when Doctor Cameron was in her room was VERY convincing. Major props to Eve Plumb for her performance in that scene.

    Mixed feelings towards Peter not wanting to be seen by a female doctor. On one hand when it comes to doctors one can get into a comfort zone with a particular one. I remember when my optometrist of 30 years retired I had difficulty accepting a new one. My question to Peter would be: Do you object to a new doctor altogether or do you object to a new doctor because she’s a woman?

    If I was Carol in addition to telling Peter that a woman doctor is just as good as a male one I would have told Peter that she’s just treating you for measles not giving you a physical; she’s not going to make you “turn your head and cough.”

    I found the kids getting picky about their lunches while sick to be quite annoying. Even when I was ill my parents would have never tolerated me speaking to them that way.

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  14. Around the same time frame, our family doctor visited me at home after a tonsillectomy.
    During a flu, he made a house call. What a great guy, truly a friend to the whole family.That episode could have been a great backdoor pilot!
    You got the feeling Mrs. C and Mr. Mitchell were going to merge, and I don’t mean their medical practices. A married doctor couple would have been a great idea for a series.

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  15. Interestingly there is still a service called MD at Home that makes house calls with nurse practitioners. We use it for my mom because she doesn’t walk well and getting her out to see the doctor isn’t easy. Occasionally she has to go out for a visit for another doctor but this helps a lot.

    I always wonder why the kids who hadn’t got measles didn’t get the shot. It was out then.

    I never saw anyone with measles but mom had them several times as a kid. Last round didn’t want to break out, that was different.

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  16. Here are ten things I liked about this episode:

    1. Jan showing Alice her portrait of a bird, and subsequently asking her if she knows what type of bird it is.
    2. We see an exterior shot of Mike’s office at an architecture firm.
    3. Peter working on a crossword puzzle as he’s bedridden.
    4. Jan and Peter’s reactions to their gender-opposite doctors.
    5. Marion Ross playing the female doctor.
    6. Greg, Marcia, Peter and Jan bonding together by playing Monopoly.
    7. Herbert Anderson playing the male doctor.
    8. Bobby and Cindy coloring, and Bobby thinking about coloring Cindy’s measles a different color.
    9. The chemistry between Dr. Porter and Dr. Cameron.
    10. Greg’s percussion proficiency.

    This is a very good episode, and one of my favorite episodes from Season 1.

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  17. Upon re-watching this episode one thing REALLY stood out this time. I found the Brady kids incredibly annoying in this episode with their frequent demands without so much as a please or thank you. Even though they’re sick there’s no excuse for this! I kept waiting for a lecture from Mike and Carol about the importance of manners but alas it never came.

    Greg’s response after being told his lunch was a feast fit for a king left me completely speechless. It’s one of those moments where you want to ask the child to repeat themselves as you can’t believe they just said something so disrespectful.

    I know that kids can be like this at times so I suppose this is an accurate portrayal. But the fact that they’re never called out on it in this episode really grinds my gears.

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