A wife awaiting the arrival of her lover is visited by a bizarre meter reader who jams on the gas in her basement, then cons her into letting him shower by faking a malaria attack. What's ... See full summary »

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A wife awaiting the arrival of her lover is visited by a bizarre meter reader who jams on the gas in her basement, then cons her into letting him shower by faking a malaria attack. What's behind his strange behavior: blackmail, insanity, romantic obsession or something else? Written by David Stevens

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7 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Misfire
15 May 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The first part where Eva (Albright) lines up a tryst with her boyfriend after hubby (Kennedy) leaves for work had me thinking this would be a good entry. Unfortunately, it's not, and for many reasons others point out. Yes indeed, the screenplay is shot through with credibility holes. Now, I'm ready to overlook storyline contrivance as long as it's not piled on, as regrettably it is here. There's that, plus Nelson is plain not good at the occasional low-grade lunacy Colin's part calls for. Then there's the hulking Kennedy playing against type, as a nerdy businessman, of all things.

Too bad, because there's a clever climactic twist buried under the shaky acting (except for Albright) and scrambled narrative. But that closing twist is easy to miss since what's needed is a smiling close-up of Colin, instead of an impersonal longshot. On the other hand, there's the sultry Albright as eye candy for the guys. (Somehow, I kept waiting for Peter Gunn {1958-61} to come rescue her.) At the same time, there's an undercurrent of interest in wondering just what Colin's weird game is. We know it must be something, but what. Too bad such potentially promising material is mishandled. To me, the episode would be better titled "Misfire".


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