Dear Diary-Et Al

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/15/65
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  • Episode Description
  • In the pilot episode, Gidget falls in love with two things: surfing and her surf boy Jeff. Life's swell until Gidget's protective older sister Anne, reads her diary and assumes her highly imaginative confessions are true.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Porter

    Professor Russell Lawrence

  • Sally Field

    Francine Elizabeth "Gidget" Lawrence

  • Betty Conner

    Anne Cooper

  • Lynette Winter


  • Pete Duel

    John Cooper

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This is the pilot episode of Gidget, the house is different.Anne Cooper, Gidgets's sister has dark hair, and the credits erroniously have her brother-in-law John credited as Larry.

    By Mikohughesfan, Sep 01, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Gidget: Funny thing about life. A few hours ago, I hit the lowest point of my whole absolute existence. And now I’m riding so high, I can’t even see Cloud 9 when I look down. John would say that shows a lack of maturity, and I can’t argue with him. When you’re young, it’s not easy to level off and fly right. It’s too bad you can’t be born with maturity… and then lose it later on when you’re old enough not to need it anymore. (gasps) I wonder if thinking about stuff like that means I’m a philosopher. (yawning) Oh, I hope not. Because I’m too tired for all that jazz.

    • Gidget: Now Jeff has me exactly where he wants me. And when I think it was my idea… Russell: Your idea? Gidget: You don’t think Jeff would suggest it? When it comes to things like that, he’s not square. He’s cube.

    • Gidget: (narrating) I was telling myself to face facts. I was not Sofia Loren. Good grief. Even she would have to think twice about Cornbread.

    • John: I don’t suppose there’s anything I could say. Russell: John, for the first time, you and I are in complete agreement.

    • Gidget: Well, I’ve learned my lesson. I’m through with Jeff once and for all. Larue: You’re through with him? Then what are we doing at the beach? Gidget: I’m gonna give him a second chance.

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    Notes (1)

    • There are several different things in this episode than in the rest of the series.. 1st Ann has Black hair not Red 2nd Gidget's front room, the stairs go to the left instead of the right and the front door is in a different place 3rd Gidget's bed is a double not 2 twin beds 4th The outside of Gidget's house is Major Nelson's house on I Dream of Jeannie..But, later its the house from Leave It to Beaver.

    Allusions (2)

    • Gidget: "When it comes to things like that he's not Square he's Cube"
      Square was a term used in the 60's for someone not being cool.

    • Gidget: "I was telling myself to face facts..I was not Sophia Loren"
      She was a popular sex symbol of the time.

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