That Girl (1966)

Season 1 Episode 1

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Sep 08, 1966 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Ann meets Donald in their office building, but their first days of getting acquainted include a clash over a rolltop desk they each want to buy and Donald unwittingly ruining Ann's role in a commercial.

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  • Not a bad "boy meets girl" set-up, at least for the 60s, the script is competent and spaces out the plot points very well.

    Ann meets Don while selling magazines in the lobby of his work building.

    I like this episode, Marlo Thomas is about at her best as she plays a saleswoman at a news stand, sweet, yet funny. There are a lot of things going on for one half an hour, the meeting of Ann and Don, a dispute over an antique desk, a lecherous salesman, and a commercial filming in the building leading to an ill-fated "rescue" that is probably to blame for the protagonists' attraction for one another. The Ann Marie character seems as balanced between naive and capable as it gets for the first few seasons. Despite the stretches of plausible realism, I can actually buy into the idea that the stars are evenly matched, each with different strengths and major weaknesses.

    Of note, I would recommend the dialog between Ann and Don early on, when he stops by to buy a pack of gum. For breezy physical comedy, maybe the elevator scenes would strike a chord for some viewers.

    This is probably among my favorite installments in the season, the character development is broad but more believable than many others from the first year.moreless
Jack Goode

Jack Goode

Mr. Rudolph

Guest Star

Jerry Fogel

Jerry Fogel


Guest Star

Luana Anders

Luana Anders


Guest Star

Ed Peck

Ed Peck


Recurring Role

Bonnie Scott

Bonnie Scott


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Donald: Never fear, Captain Dum Dum is always here.

    • Ann: (asking Mr. Rudolph about his injured hand) Does it still hurt?
      Mr. Rudolph: (coming on to Ann) I don't think anything's broken.
      Ann: (offended) Yet!

    • Judy: Okay, but what happened to the guy in the elevator?
      Ann: I don't know. We were there until 4 o'clock and he never came down. He's probably still up there, wandering around.
      Judy: Hey, maybe he's like the Phantom of Notre Dame.
      Ann: Or the Hunchback of the Opera.
      Judy: You know, living up there in the elevator shaft and only coming down in the night to attack people!

    • Ann: Custom Interiors closeout sale. I didn't know there was a shop like that upstairs.
      Shirley:Nobody else did, either. That's why we're moving.

  • NOTES (2)

    • As confirmed by the production code, this was actually the fifth episode produced.

    • Although the first aired, this preview episode is chrononogically the second, since Ann leaves her parent's home for New York and has not yet met Donald in the following episode, "Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye," the official series premiere.