ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 7, Episode 6

The Terrible Secret (5 Mar. 1979)

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Teenage girl is involved in a hit and run and the guilt starts to take a toll on her everyday life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Grovenor ...
Bobbie Marston
Tom Mason ...
Coach Polk
Peggy Rea ...
Mrs. Atwater
Laurence Haddon ...
Mr. Marston
Mrs. Marston
Al Stellone ...
John J. Fox ...
Bill Elliot ...
John Waldron ...
John Petlock ...
Dr. Sutherland


One of the very best of the "Afterschool Special" series, effectively making the point that running away from responsibility is a risky business: it tends to jump up and bite you at the most inconvenient times. It all begins one stormy night: Bobbie, driving a florist's delivery van, is trying to read street signs in the downpour when she accidentally knocks down a young boy on a bike. She picks the injured boy up and takes him to the nearest hospital, then panic overcomes her and she flees. She tells no one about the accident (although family and friends sense that something's wrong), and after days of letting the 'terrible secret' eat at her she's on the verge of a breakdown. She finally confides in her boyfriend Seth, who turns out to be carrying a guilty secret of his own; with his support she confesses all to her family and the authorities, and goes to visit the young accident victim in the hospital. Written by Peter W. Many

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