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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thoughts on "The Doctors" - May 1968

Another month's worth of episodes of "The Doctors" has aired on RetroTV. Below are my thoughts on what has aired for the month of May 1968.

Sadly, Nick and Matt's patient Lila Anderson didn't survive her brain surgery. If she had gotten help earlier, she may have been cured. Her husband Ralph went crazy over what happened and held Nick, Matt, Althea and Maggie hostage. They were able to get out of it, and Ralph was institutionalized. Later it was mentioned that no one would get into trouble for treating Mrs. Anderson as she did give her consent before surgery.

Liz finally realized what a rat Steve was and moved on, Carolee knew the same and stopped seeing him earlier. Karen still was in the picture, and Matt called Steve the Romeo of Hope Memorial as he spent time romancing way too many women at the hospital. Karen still had romantic feelings for Matt, but he ignored her in that manner.

Althea's daughter Penny left Greenville to stay with her Mom. She had enough of her grandmother and missed her late brother. Penny started to really like Nick and ran away to his apartment. My favorite comedic scenes of the month involved Penny staying the night, and Matt thinking that Penny was a woman that Nick was dating. Once Maggie filled him in, he felt relief as he was worried for a moment about Nick's newest relationship. Nick and Althea are getting closer again, which is really wonderful. What is funny to me is that Penny is the original shipper as she was actively rooting for them to be dating, and even Althea saw it. Maggie, Nick, Althea and Matt all went on a group date together, and Matt and Maggie had more on screen loving. It wasn't explicit, but the characters at least got to share a bed as some fictional characters in the 1960s didn't even get to do that.

Bethel Leslie has departed "The Doctors" and Lydia Bruce who played Maggie for the duration of the program is in the part. Lydia's Maggie seems a lot less sarcastic than Bethel's, but though the character has changed she is still recognizable.

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