One Day at a Time

Season 3 Episode 15

Ann's Secretary

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Aired Unknown Jan 17, 1978 on CBS
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Ann learns that a secretary she just hired is a reputed drug user.

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  • Ann hires Julie's high school friend as her new secretary. Ann observes Leslie, her secretary, with a blank look on her face & sees her take a pill, leading Ann to assume that Leslie is taking some kind of illegal drug.moreless

    8.7
    This was yet another ground-breaking episode in the series by pointing out the stigma and prejudice over Epilepsy. Until recently, most people were ignorant about this condition and didn't know how to deal with it. The writers obviously did their research on epilepsy. They showed the Leslie character's seizure as mild, which is more common than the more violent type, such as the one that the Dr. Leavitt character showed in the movie "The Andromeda Strain". They also showed that an epileptic episode can happen at any time and not necessarily triggerd by something like flashing lights, again, as in "The Andromeda Strain". This was also an episode that gave Mackenzie Phillips a chance to show better acting skills as she defends her friend Leslie and educates Ann and Barbara on what epilepsy is and isn't. Julie: "Oh, sure, you can smoke grass and drink like a fish and everybody thinks you're cool, but tell someone you're and epileptic and suddenly you're a freak"! Leslie: "It's not a disease - it's a CONDITION"!moreless
Pat Harrington Jr.

Pat Harrington Jr.

Dwayne Schneider

Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

Julie Cooper Horvath (1975-1980), (1982-1984)

Bonnie Franklin

Bonnie Franklin

Ann Romano Royer

Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli

Barbara Cooper Royer

Lane Binkley

Lane Binkley

Leslie

Guest Star

Gloria LeRoy

Gloria LeRoy

Hortense Guersey

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Ellen Travolta

Ellen Travolta

Mrs. Shaddock

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Charles Siebert

Charles Siebert

Jerry Davenport

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    • Julie: "Oh, sure, you can pop pills, smoke dope and drink like a fish and you're cool. But tell someone that your an epileptic, and suddenly, you're.. a freak!"

  • NOTES (2)

    • Lane Binkley, the actress playing Leslie, already appeared before in the season two four part episode, "The Runaways," as one of the two drifters who steal Chuck's van, leaving him and Julie stranded.

    • The show's social conscience shows itself yet again - Ann's new secretary, who is a friend of Julie's, turns out to not be a drug user, but rather a girl taking prescribed medication for Epilepsy.

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