One Day at a Time

Season 3 Episode 15

Ann's Secretary

Aired Unknown Jan 17, 1978 on CBS

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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.

    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"!