Rhoda (1974–1978)

Chest Pains 

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Ida tells Rhoda and Brenda that she is having chest pains, but not to worry, it is something that mothers have to endure. Of course, Rhoda and Brenda drag Ida to the doctor's office to find out what is wrong.


Robert Moore


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 6 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Gerard
Nancy Walker ... Ida Morgenstern
Julie Kavner ... Brenda Morgenstern
Norman Fell ... Dr. Henry Gerber
John Ritter ... Vince Mazuma
Julie Mannix ... Nurse


Ida wants to convene a family meeting. Rhoda, the first to be informed, knows the news must be big since they have only had three family meetings in their lives, all around big news. Ida refuses to divulge the topic of the meeting until the actual get together. Rhoda passes the news to Brenda, who was incapacitated at the time Ida called. She was on a date with her current boyfriend Vince, who wants to take their relationship to the consummated stage, which Brenda is not sure she wants. When Rhoda and Brenda attend the meeting, they are worried since their father is not there. Ida tells them it's because she doesn't want him to hear her news: that she has not been feeling well, most specifically that she has been having chest pains. Ida has not been to a doctor, as she has always been scared about visiting doctors. Rhoda and Brenda convince her to do so as they will go along with her and be with her every step of the way, for good or bad. Regardless of the results, the process ends up... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though they didn't have any scenes together in "Chest Pains", John Ritter and Norman Fell both appear in "Chest Pains" - Fell as Ida's doctor and Ritter as Brenda's date. Ritter and Fell would later go on to co-star on "Three's Company", sharing many scenes together. See more »


Dr. Henry Gerber: Have you had any social diseases?
Ida Morgenstern: Social diseases? I don't know who brought you up, but I'm a lady, and you're not to use words like that in my presence.
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