A proper matron marches into a police station to announce that she has just shot a fellow shopper in a supermarket's parking lot.


Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Cage
Lieutenant Angel
Stanley Grover ...
Martin Cage
Stephen Hornyak ...
The Detective (as Steve Hornyak)
Elizabeth Cage
The Thief
Tracy Brooks Swope ...
Phyllis Dean


Fifty-something Lillian Cage keeps house and meticulously irons her husband's shirts while humming the theme from "Rawhide" and enjoying a secret crush on the teenager who daily bags her groceries. When a robber shoots down the boy before her eyes, Mrs. Cage grabs the gun and turns it on the person she deems responsible, then carries the weapon to the police station in her straw hat to try to explain, in her own way, how it all happened. Written by Morganalee

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20 May 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lt. Angel: What would you like to talk about, Mrs. Cage? Your daughter's divorce? Your husband's shirts? I'm interested, Mrs. Cage, I'm fascinated, because I can tell you're different! You're not like that scum who shot the grocery boy, are you, Mrs. Cage?
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Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington
Published by Volta Music Corporation, Largo Music Inc. and Mrs. Ned Washington (ASCAP)
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Interesting, beautifully acted, if a little stagy
26 January 2014 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Interesting, if stage bound, PBS adaptation of Nancy Barr's play (by the playwright herself. A suburban housewife gets caught up in a crime taking place in front of her in a shopping center parking lot, and ends up shooting in a neighbor in the head in a moment of madness (no spoilers, this is all within the first five minutes).

What follows is a slightly surreal, alternately sad and funny pas de deux between Mrs. Cage, and the detective questioning her to try and understand what happened. This could have been stultifying stuff, but two magnificent and perfectly understated performances by Anne Bancroft and Hector Elizondo raise this from self-conscious to being full of life and loss. Director Robert Allen Ackerman sometimes seems to be trying too hard to keep his characters moving around the one set, but he does some nice visual and aural work in combining flashbacks with the present moment. Very surprising this seems to never have been put out on VHS or DVD.

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