Mood and character carry the fairly familiar plot. Mountain man Driver's (Loggia) trampy ex-squeeze Betty Rose wants to rekindle their affair, even though he's brought a new bride, Mickey, home from army service. In fact the wanton Betty Rose even threatens to tell the new bride of their past affair. Worse, that would ruin the couple's shot at a new life. So, being a Hitchcock, he strangles her. Trouble is his new wife finds out, but as an overseas bride, Mickey's completely dependent on him. So what will she do.
As reviewer Sauvage points out, the episode plays out more like a tragedy than a murder case. Driver's driven more by a desire to protect Mickey than anything else. Except, he doesn't always know how best to do that. In a sense, he's a victim of his own good intentions. Inserting, the mute mountain girl Ruby and her tell-tale blackboard into the proceedings amounts to a memorable touch. Then too, was there ever a more vulnerable looking girl than the petite Mickey. No wonder Driver's so protective. All in all, the entry, though nothing special in the suspense department, does manage some new wrinkles on an old face.
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