Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 1, Episode 6

Epilogue (24 Feb. 1959)

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A recovering alcoholic returns to his family from an extended stay in rehabilitation. His sobriety is put to the test, as are his beliefs in the supernatural, when his son is trapped in a cave-in.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Helen Archer
Carl Archer
Charles Herbert ...
Steve Archer
Doctor Sanders
Roy Glenn ...
Sam Harrison
Don Kennedy ...
John Newland ...
Himself - Host


A recovering alcoholic returns to his family from an extended stay in rehabilitation. His sobriety is put to the test, as are his beliefs in the supernatural, when his son is trapped in a cave-in.

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24 February 1959 (USA)  »

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A woman's cry
1 August 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** It happened just the way he says it do a screaming and out of control Charles Archer, Charles Aidman, tells his good friend and psychiatrist Dr. Sanders, William Schallert, about the experience he just went through. Having dried out for some six weeks from his alcohol addiction at the local detox center Charles wanted to get his life and family back together but his long suffering wife Helen, Julie Adams, just didn't trust him anymore. It's little Stevie, Charles Herbert, the couple's 10 year old son who wants to give pop another chance but that's held off until later by Helen as she takes Stevie on a sight-seeing trip to a long deserted silver mine in the Nevada desert.

Stevie snooping around the mine and hitting rocks with a hammer to entertain himself sets off a major landslide that just about buries him alive! Back home a startled Carl is shocked to see an almost unorganizable and soot covered Helen show up looking like she just survived the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake telling him that Stevie is in serious trouble and to get back to the silver mine in order to help save his life. At the mine a desperate Carl does find Stevie barley alive and together with Sam & Jim, Roy Glenn & Don Kennedy, who show up from out of nowhere end up saving his life.

***SPOILERS*** It's here that things get really weird in that Stevie instead of being grateful that his life was saved runs back into the silver mine to save his mom Helen who's buried and later found dead under the rubble! How could Helen have been in two places at the sane time! Both buried alive at the silver mine and showing up at her and Carl's home after she was already dead? It's just an hallucination Dr. Sanders tells Carl and gives him a prescription for some strong sleeping pills to sooth his shattered nerves. It's then that Sam, who together with Jim was on the scene of the mine disaster, shows up to see if everything is all right with both Carl & Stevie. It's after Dr. Sanders leaves that Sam tells Carl this amazing story in how he and Jim were summoned to to mine to help save both Stevie and Helen.

It wasn't a phone call, or anything like that, that summoned Sam and Jim to rush over there but a woman's desperate scream for help that was carried across the dry desert terrain by a mysterious wind. It's very possibly that very same woman who cried out for help and got Sam & Jim to show up at the silver mine was the very woman who mysteriously showed up at Carl's place to get him to rush over to the silver mine to save little Stevie! Could she have been what turned out to be the ghost of late Mrs. Helen Archer?

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