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Old 05-02-2011, 12:16 AM   #1
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The 60s spy-craze certainly seemed to make its presence known in many sitcoms of the era. In "My Favorite Martian," Tim and Martin fought with Butterball on a few occasions. "Hillbillies" had Jethro involved in his double-naught spy doings. "Gilligan's Island" had a particularly amusing episode involving an attache case and subsequent dream sequence. There was a late b&w episode of "My Three Sons" involving young Ernie emulating James Bond, spying on Mike and his old girlfriend. Also seem to recall a later color episode in which Steve is at some Washington party, beset by spies. There's also the "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" episode with the "Man from UNCLE" crossover. Undoubtedly several other examples.

Thus, we also have TPDS serving up the "Girl from NEPHEW" episode from the third season. Which, has a few mildly amusing lines and the nice attraction of teaming up Patty and Ross for a misadventure.... but it's basically a misfire, and a pretty strained one at that. It's also quite indicative of how the series lost a bit of its bearings after it moved production out to CA for season-three. There's a real feel of dissonance as the new production team seems to be trying to re-mold the show into a doggedly more generic, cookie-cutter sitcom pattern. Previously the series had been a uniquely airy confection with a pretty strong emphasis on characterization, so the switch to broad, somewhat two-diminsional farce was disatisfying. To put it mildly. Luckily, they seemed to back off this trend somewhat as the season continued to progress, but the series never quite recaptured its delightfully unique charm.

Anyway, I might have liked a good spy-theme episode of TPDS, but "The Girl from NEPHEW" really didn't fit the bill. A bit of a low-point, I'm afraid. They might have had better success going with some kind of wacky dream sequence, like that aforementioned "Gilligan" episode.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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I gotta disagree. I like this episode.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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While this is a fun episode, it does seem to lack that certain something that the best episodes of TPDS have. It plays a bit too broadly, and tries too hard to be "wacky", as do many of the worst Season 3 episodes. The teaming of Patty and Ross seems too forced in many of these later episodes. It almost seems like everyone involved was tired of writing for Cathy. Without the yin and yang of Patty and Cathy to anchor the series, it just becomes generic.

(Although I will admit to being a bit biased toward Cathy...as evidenced by my screen name here!)
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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The 3rd season brought some changes to the series, no doubt about that. One thing I like about the last season, it wasn't always Patty and Cathy all the time. Ross was given more to do in the episodes, he and Patty are funny together and The Girl From NEPHEW episode is a good example. I enjoy this episode also.

The Patty Duke Show started off with emphasis on the Patty/Cathy identical cousins gimmick, but after 2 seasons and 72 episodes the idea was wearing a little thin and aside from a few exceptions, Cathy's laid back personality isn't usually that interesting. Cathy was still there in the 3rd season, but Ross became more involved and overall the results were positive. It was a needed and refreshing change for the series.

If I recall, Patty Duke didn't like the last season all that much, saying that the 3rd season was a drag. It was still a good show, but I think Patty was tiring of the series and playing the dual role. She was ready to move on and do other things.

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Old 06-11-2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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While this is a fun episode, it does seem to lack that certain something that the best episodes of TPDS have. It plays a bit too broadly, and tries too hard to be "wacky", as do many of the worst Season 3 episodes. The teaming of Patty and Ross seems too forced in many of these later episodes. It almost seems like everyone involved was tired of writing for Cathy. Without the yin and yang of Patty and Cathy to anchor the series, it just becomes generic.

(Although I will admit to being a bit biased toward Cathy...as evidenced by my screen name here!)

Agree. The show was about the characters of Cathy AND Patty not some silly run-of-the-mill wacky family sitcom. This is what made the show unique.

So Patty has a wacky adventure with the little brother with humorous results. Meanwhile, Cousin Cathy is sitting at home waiting for her obligatory appearance in just the intro and tag scene.
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The identical cousins gimmick might have been the shows original premise, but Cathy was boring most of the time. So it was a good change for the 3rd season to have a little less Cathy and a little more Ross. It livened up the proceedings, and I think Patty Duke was growing tired of playing the dual role anyway.
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While this is a fun episode, it does seem to lack that certain something that the best episodes of TPDS have. It plays a bit too broadly, and tries too hard to be "wacky", as do many of the worst Season 3 episodes. The teaming of Patty and Ross seems too forced in many of these later episodes. It almost seems like everyone involved was tired of writing for Cathy. Without the yin and yang of Patty and Cathy to anchor the series, it just becomes generic.

(Although I will admit to being a bit biased toward Cathy...as evidenced by my screen name here!)

I was trying to come up with a few comments about this episode, but you pretty much hit the nail on the head, Cathy.

Not one of my favorite episodes, to say the least.
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I gotta disagree. I like this episode.

Yes it's a funny episode, one of the best from the excellent 3rd season. Another good one is the episode where Patty and Ross get accidentally handcuffed to each other, some good laughs to be had there also. The episodes that feature Patty and Ross are among the best of the series, those two were always funny together.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:47 PM   #10
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Actually, I always liked the character of Ross and felt he was a bit under-utilized, so I like the fact he's more prominent in the 3rd-season. But this is undercut by the depressing marginalization of Cathy. I still find that the pleasing balance of the Patty/Cathy dynamic is what draws me into the series. The way their opposite personalities bounce off each other. With a Patty-only series, I'd probably eventually find her wildly headstrong nature rather wearying, and with a Cathy-only series, her meekness might ultimately become a bit exasperating. But together, watching them bring each other back towards a grounded center, it works like a charm.
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There are several Patty/Cathy episodes I enjoy, but to me Patty is by far the more interesting character of the two. Playing the double role and contrasting personality types in this show gave Patty Duke the opportunity to display her acting versatility. In the 3rd season, I think Patty was getting a little tired having to play the two roles, so the writers gave Ross a little more to do and Patty wouldn't have to be Cathy quite as often.
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The 60s spy-craze certainly seemed to make its presence known in many sitcoms of the era. In "My Favorite Martian," Tim and Martin fought with Butterball on a few occasions. "Hillbillies" had Jethro involved in his double-naught spy doings. "Gilligan's Island" had a particularly amusing episode involving an attache case and subsequent dream sequence. There was a late b&w episode of "My Three Sons" involving young Ernie emulating James Bond, spying on Mike and his old girlfriend. Also seem to recall a later color episode in which Steve is at some Washington party, beset by spies. There's also the "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" episode with the "Man from UNCLE" crossover. Undoubtedly several other examples.

The 1965-66 tv season seemed to be the high point of the sitcom spy craze. Mr. Ed also had several of its last Sunday afternoon episodes that season devoted to "Oat-Oat Seven", and The John Forsythe Showchanged its format at midseason to have Forsythe's character turn into an international spy.
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Not a good episode. I tried to like it but it's unbelievable that someone her age would be acting that way. Going overboard with the whole spy thing.
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