It Takes Two (1982)

Season 1 Episode 1

Sam and Molly

Aired Thursday 12:00 AM Oct 14, 1982 on ABC
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Sam and Molly
Sam, a successful surgeon, becomes frustrated that his wife, Molly, a newly appointed D.A., is too busy to spend more time with him and falls to sleep on him during lovemaking. In an attempt to change this, he forces her to choose between their marriage and her budding career. When she cannot choose, he moves out. His son, Andy, a college student, tries to reconcile his parents and confronts his father about being judgemental of his life, and his father realizes that he is following the way his own father judged him and promises to change. Molly's aging mother offers a zany story to bring the two together and they realize that compromise is the answer.moreless

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  • Cute show, cute lines

    This show had the potential to go on for years but sadly never found the audience it deserved. I think for the most part is the characters were a little slow in development. Their attitudes and problems were a bit left over from the 70's, and most were enjoying "racier" bits such as "Three's Company" and the many cop dramas flooding the airwaves. In this episode, the actors seemed a bit unfocused as to how their characters should be (with the exception of Billie Bird as "Ma", she hit her mark out of the gate). Richard Crenna in the lead seemed a bit stiff in this episode. You were torn as to whether you liked him, or thought of him as a bit flaky. Patty Duke Astin as his wife came across as playing the 'Cathy Lane/Patty Lane' character she played in the 60's on "The Patty Duke Show". She almost seemed to be a teenager trying to act the role of an adult (though Duke grew into a fine actress in later years taking on more dramatic roles). Helen Hunt was good, but typical, playing the daughter, almost feeling as if she was honing her future character 'Jamie' on "Mad About You" a decade later. Anthony Edwards did alright as the son, but I think his gawky appearance made it hard for young female fans to see him as the "hunk aspect" of the show and might have not tuned in. Overall, lines were funny, well delivered, and showed this might be a show to keep an eye on.moreless

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    • People would recognize the kitchen set as later being used in the hit series, "The Golden Girls". The only differences are the center island is different and they have a desk on the wall where the "Girls" had their phone. Fun to think that Dorothy, Blanche, Rose & Sophia solved their problems with a cheesecake in the same kitchen where the Quinn's once resided! (Though the rest of the set is markedly different; there is an actual dining room on the other side of the kitchen and then a doorway into a living room on the other side, but the entrance to the apartment is in the same place the door was on "The Golden Girls" and the hallway area to the bedrooms goes around the corner the same way you got to the lanai on "The Golden Girls") The only other similarity appears to be the master bedroom, as it appears that it could be the one that was later used by Sophia on "TGG". The only difference is where Sophia had her closet is where Sam and Molly had their bathroom door.

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