10 October 2009 | ccthemovieman-1
The Doctor Knows Best!
I've only seen three episodes of this show but I hope I see a lot more because, so far, these have been very entertaining. This episode is a case-in-point. And...although humor dominates this story, there is a lot of truth about stress being able to cause horrible back pain. Millions of people can relate to that.
Anyway, only four actors participate in this story, but three are "known" actors: Farley Granger, Lou Jacobi and Peggy Cass. All three do a great job in here. The fourth, Fay Sappington (nice name!), has a one-scene role as an old lady with a guilty conscience.
Granger was known more for his films; Jacobi for his TV work and Cass for her game-show participation. Anyway, they are all fine actors and fun to watch in this goofy story. It's a predictable story but it's still very entertaining.
Poor "Harvey" (Jacobi) is married to "Nadine" (Cass), a spoiled woman who mostly thinks about herself. She's pressuring her wimpy husband to learn computer programing. You have to remember, that was a pretty new field when this TV show was aired, so computers seemed like a tough way to make a living, especially when you're just a poor blue-collar working stiff like Harvey. But his wife is demanding he learn the trade so he can make a lot more money and she can spend it. The pressure to learn the tough subject is giving Harvey horrible backaches.
Harvey's doctor, "Dr. Roebuck" knows exactly what the problem is, and he guarantees the pain will be gone, Harvey is elated.....until he finds out what must be done to stop the pain. Granger is great in a low-key role.
This is a very funny episode with exaggerated performances, especially by Jacobi, who is a real hoot. Good camera-work provides a number of facial closeups of Jacobi, who gives us some funny expressions.