Back to top

The Group

Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight, Jessica Walter, Kathleen Widdoes, Joanna Pettet
Winston Churchill | Adolf Hitler | Richard von Krafft-Ebing
Spoiler alert
Spoiler alert!
Blog entry

By telephone, Libby tells Helena, Referring to their friend Kay, "Oh, she’s been angling like mad for Pokey’s townhouse." (0:06)

Stage manager Harald Peterson tells the others, "All the prescription whiskey you want." (0:10)

Libby answers Helena referring to Kay’s new husband Harald, "In his histrionic way..." (0:16)

Libby tells the others, referring to a new job, "I’m mad to get started." (0:21)

Dottie asks Dick, "You know the books, Krafft-Ebing, and the others?" (0:27)

Kay tells Polly, Your father... In and out of clinics with melancholia... without adding insanity in Phil’s background, too." (0:41)

Libby tells Priss, referring to Gus Leroy, "If he’s not single I’ll kill myself." (0:42)

Harald tells Kay, "... and what an egotist."
Kay: ”Oh, Harald, what’s all the panic about?” (0:50)

Libby pretends to faint.
Gus Leroy tells her, ”Don't you worry about that job.” (1:09)

Harald tells Kay, "Don’t worry." (1:13)

Libby tells Kay, referring to Polly, "She’ll worry."
Libby tells Polly, ”Oh, you’re mad.” (1:15)

Gus tells Polly, referring to Libby, "When she fainted, Miss Andrews, I thought the girl was starving." (1:16)

Gus tells Polly, "I’m being psychoanalyzed."
Referring to his wife Esther: ”... she... suggested that we both go to analysts... we would gain certain insights...”
”Oh, a principal of analysis... a patient is not supposed to change his life situation while undergoing analysis.”
”Well, that’s what I’m trying to work out in treatment.”
Polly: ”Treatment?”
Gus: ”A patient does not discuss his illness with friends and family.” (1:23)

Gus tells Polly, "I don’t want to finish my analysis..."
Polly: ”I thought analysts weren’t supposed to give advice.”
Gus: ”The analyst is completely neutral.”
”You see, the patient is always trying to involve him. Patients are cunning.”
Polly: ”... is it the effect of the treatment?”
Gus: ”The treatment’s bogged down, Polly. I’m blocked.”
Polly: ”Blocked?”
Gus: ”What about, my analysis?”
”A patient doesn’t talk about real sex...”
Polly: ”... unless analysts extend credit.”
Gus: ”Analysts...” (1:26)

Her physician husband Sloan tells Priss, referring to Roosevelt, "His soft-headed social workers..." (1:37)

By telephone, Libby tells Priss, referring to Julie Bentkamp, "She’s mad to have an article on how it feels to be nursing." (1:38)

Gus tells Polly, "... Esther and I had a long talk... about my analysis... She dreamt she went to her analyst’s funeral."
”I had to tell her I was still blocked.”
Polly: ”... what are you being treated for?... compulsion neurosis, anxiety neurosis? My father’s disease is called melancholia.”
Gus: ”I do have a conflict between everything in our culture and what I profess to believe politically.”
”She thinks I’d unblock if I stopped seeing you for a time.”
”If we did stop seeing each other for a little while, and I did unblock, that might prove something. If I didn’t unblock, that would prove that she was wrong.”
”If I don’t finish my analysis, no divorce.”
Polly: ”... psychoanalysis...” (1:42)

Her architect father Henry tells Polly, "By the way, my mental health is excellent." (1:47)

Polly’s mother, by telephone: "Well, Polly, it all started when they changed the name of his illness. They don’t call it melancholia anymore. They call it manic something or other." (1:47)

Sign: "Psychiatric Section" (1:48)

Polly tells a doctor, referring to Henry, "You see, at Riggs he was just depressed... and now this manic thing."
Doctor: ”Now this sudden divorce idea does suggest a manic elation, but in a mild form. Depression might follow...”
”At that age some depressive patients spontaneously recover... any other recent symptoms?” (1:48)

By telephone, Kay asks Helena, referring to Polly, "... what chance is she going to have now, saddled with a mental case?" (1:49)

Henry tells Polly, referring to divorce, "... I gave you mother the best grounds there are: insanity. Are you a psychiatrist by any chance, doctor?"
Henry tells the doctor: ”Well, I’m not one of your bourgeois neurotics, you know... quite mad. We madmen are the aristocrats of mental illness.”
”You needn’t worry about your privacy, my dear. In fact, I shall insist upon it for my own selfish reasons.” (1:50)

The doctor tells Polly, referring to Henry, "He’s way up on the manic curve."
”These manic sprees, for instance, can ruin your life unless you control them...” (1:52)

Polly tells the doctor, referring to Henry’s project, "It’s wonderful therapy for him." (1:54)

Libby answers one of the others, referring to Kay, "Oh, an early nervous breakdown." (1:59)

The doctor asks Polly, "Don’t you think you ought to commit him?"
Polly: ”You said yourself he might spontaneously recover.”
Doctor: ”You’re obsessed, Polly.”
Polly: ”All right, I’m obsessed. I have a father complex.”
Doctor: ”... I’m not a Freudian.” (2:01)

Polly tells James, "... if I were to marry, I would never marry a psychiatrist."
James: ”There are discoveries to be made in treating mental illness, but they won’t come from putting people on couches.”
Polly: ”What attracted you about mental illness?”
”After we commit my father.”
James: ”Oh, the fact is, most of our patients would be better off at home.”
Polly: ”Then why did you say we should commit him?”
Polly: ”You’re not even worried about that hotel.” (2:03)

Harald beats Kay. (2:08)

Kay answers Polly: "Yeah, a mental ward."
”The nurses kept saying... just a place for nervous people to rest.”
Polly: ”It’s just routine, until a psychiatrist sees a patient.”
”Did you tell the psychiatrist how you got your eye?”
”Don’t you see, he could have assumed it was self-inflicted?”
Kay: ”I don’t want to see a psychiatrist.”
Referring to Harald: ”He did commit me then.” (2:08)

Kay tells Polly and Ridgeley, referring to Harald, "Too confused to be sure of anything." (2:13)

Ridgeley: "Kay, there’s one point at which I do question your sanity." (2:15)

Kay tells Polly and Ridgeley, referring to spring in Europe, "Perfect for Hitler’s tanks..." (2:17)

By telephone, Polly finishes Libby’s question: "Go mad again?" (2:18)

Henry: "I was thinking, Jim, if I can manage to stay insane, you’ll have in me your own personal guinea pig..." (2:18)

Dottie’s husband Brook Latham: "Hitler’s moved into Holland and Belgium, and they’re bombing France." (2:20)

By telephone, Kay tells Polly, "There’s a broadcast from London in half an hour: Churchill."
”Hitler’s not going to wait for us...”
Polly hears Kay scream as she falls from the hotel window. (2:21)

The other women discuss funeral plans for Kay.
Helena: ”Don't’ worry, Libby.”
Libby: ”... and with the question of suicide or not...”
: ”... but even the police when they found out that she had been in a mental ward...” (2:23)

Harald tells Lakey, referring to Kay, "She killed herself, of course."
”I used to talk about suicide...” (2:27)