A married man finds his beautiful mistress murdered and leaves her, only to become the victim of blackmail.

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Himself - Host
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George Maxwell
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Mavis Maxwell
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Alva Hardwicke
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Sam Kirby
Alice Backes ...
Martha Hinchley
Alice Frost ...
Eda Faye Hardwicke
Bill Walker ...
William
Paulene Myers ...
Celeste
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Pedro, the Bartender
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George Maxwell takes a cab for a late-night meeting with his old girlfriend, showgirl Adele Beaumont, only to discover that she is dead. The next morning her murder is front-page news. The cab driver, Sam Kirby, remembers Maxwell, because he couldn't break a $20 bill. Kirby comes to his office, and makes a blackmail demand. He tells his wife Mavis about the threat, and she tells him to set up a meeting with Kirby at the house. When she offers Kirby a molasses cookie, she pulls a pistol from the plate, and kills Kirby. George and Mavis plant Kirby's body in a new rose tree bed. Then Mavis reveals that she killed Adele. Next morning in his office, his secretary, Ms. Hinchley, asks for a raise, and for more personal attention. She has a tape recording of Maxwell's conversation with Kirby, because Mavis' father, company president Alva Hardwicke, put a bug in the office. Maxwell immediately calls his wife, and tells her to prepare the garden for another bed of roses. Written by Lew Amack

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22 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Both lead actors are "Star Trek" TOS alums: Torin Thatcher in "The Return of the Archons"; and, Kathie Browne in "Wink of an Eye." See more »

Quotes

Sam Kirby: I like Covington better than Slidell, for fishing, but it is more expensive.
Sam Kirby: One thousand dollars a month will be enough, to start.
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Crazy Credits

In the onscreen ending credits for this episode, the character played by Bill Walker is mistakenly listed as "Sam", though in the episode he is clearly called William (which IMDb has him correctly listed as). Sam is actually the first name of George Lindsey's character. See more »

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A Family Plot
24 July 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is an uneven mixture of a crime drama and a black comedy, similar in many ways to Hitchcock's own "Family Plot" a decade later, even to the extent of using many of same sets of characters. This episode is replete with plot chiches, so many so that it is more fun to count them than it is to watch the predictable story unfold. It begins with an awkward, unlikely scene that seems to have no point, so the viewer can only guess that, like the gun at the beginning of a Checkov play, it will go off later in the plot, which it does. The plot concerns handsome George Maxwell, played by Patrick O'Neal, who is married to ditzy southern belle Mavis, daughter of George's rich and powerful boss. Mavis' parents live in a southern Gothic mansion with pillars on the porch and a Negro maid, this being 1964. George and his father in law have a man to man talk about the male roving eye, and the father warns George that he will never let anyone cause heartbreak for his daughter. George gulps, because he is has already been having an affair with his former mistress, a leggy showgirl whom he has found dead when arriving at her home for their final rendezvous. After finding her body, he had wiped away his fingerprints and retreated, imaging that nobody will be the wiser. But this is where a minor character reappears to become a major player and complicates the plot in dangerous ways. Soon we see ditzy Mavis planting roses, having already dug a ditch about eight feet long and three feet wide. We wonder what might eventually be buried in that innocent-looking hole, and find out soon enough, because Mavis turns out to be not so ditzy. Complicating matters even further is George's efficient, observant secretary, who is unusually plain -- so plain that she wears ugly, over-sized glasses and her hair in a bun, lest we miss the point. Knowing all the details, she presses her advantage. Can you see what might be coming next? The only surprise for this viewer was that the plain secretary's makeover did not make her stunning, only mildly attractive. The ridiculous story finally ends on an upbeat note with the promise of another murder, and everyone has a good laugh.


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