A man fed up with his invalid wife's nagging, plans and prepays for a stylish coffin and funeral expenses.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Leonard Thompson
Vivian Nathan ...
Elsie Thompson
The Secretary
George Kane ...
Pharmacy Clerk
Bryan Russell ...
Billy Howard


Leonard Thompson is not a very happy man. He's married to a shrewish, bedridden wife who blames him for her condition. She's constantly demanding that he ask for a raise and spend more money on her. Leonard decides to do something about his situation. He visits a funeral director and pre-purchases the most expensive funeral available. He then goes to a pharmacy and purchases poison, insisting that he needs something painless. Then at the appointed time, he confronts his wife, one last time. Written by garykmcd

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20 June 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A poor sap and his nagging wife
23 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Leonard (Martin Balsam). He just wants a little relief and respite from his nagging wife, Elsie (Vivian Nathan). It seems that, fifteen years before, Leonard took Elsie on a trip to Haiti, where she had an accident that has turned her into an invalid. Or so she claims... the doctors and Leonard are not so convinced. What Leonard is convinced of, however, is that Elsie is a bitter, negative, charm-free shrew; so he decides to take matters into his own hands.

Leonard visits a mortuary and makes complete funeral arrangements, even though there is no actual deceased--yet. In the meantime, Elsie's latest doctor gives her medication that could prolong her life for at least another 30 years. But Leonard has other ideas...

A well written, engaging episode.

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