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Echo of Your Last Goodbye 

Every time he turns around, Deputy Ben sees Merlyn. She has something to show him: her mother's work with needy children at an old abandoned house in Goattown. She wants Ben to pick up that... See full summary »

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Sheriff Lucas Buck
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Gail Emory
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Dr. Billy Peale
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Selena Coombs
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Caleb Temple
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Deputy Ben Healy
Tanya Rollins ...
Tina
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Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)
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Deputy Floyd
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Nurse
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Cindy (as Julia Deane Howard)
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Allison
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Judith Temple
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Every time he turns around, Deputy Ben sees Merlyn. She has something to show him: her mother's work with needy children at an old abandoned house in Goattown. She wants Ben to pick up that work, at least where one particular young girl is concerned. That girl has also been bullying Caleb and Boone at school. Gail continues her dalliance with Lucas, while Selena dates Billy. Written by Billie Rae Bates

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6 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Deputy Ben is haunted by visions of Merlyn Temple
21 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

As this episode opens Ben is enjoying an evening out with a women and is preparing to drive his date home when a call comes in asking him to investigate a foul smell. His date wants to go with him so they head to the house; she smells nothing but Ben is almost overpowered by the stench. He looks through a window and sees Lucas killing Merlyn just as he did in the opening episode. Suddenly as he looks at his date he sees Merlyn Temple, complete with broken neck. From then on he keeps seeing her as she goads him into investigating something that happened at that house involving her mother, Judy. We learn how before her death Judy Temple had worked to help deprived local children. Meanwhile Caleb tries to help his friend Boone deal with a bully; unfortunately his help isn't wanted and ultimately his actions are crueller than those of the girl who was bullying Boone.

This was another good episode; it was nice to see Ben taking centre stage; Nick Searcy does a fine job in the role making Ben a basically good but weak man who with the right guidance could do the right thing. It was also good to see Merlyn take a larger role Sarah Paulson impresses as she makes her slight character very forceful and occasionally downright scary. The Main story is solid and leads to some interesting revelations concerning Buck's involvement with Judy Temple. Caleb's story is good too, showing how Lucas Buck's malign influence is affecting him; it also ultimately links to Ben's story in a way that doesn't feel forced. Away from these two stories there is a look at the relationships between Gail and Lucas and Selena and Dr Peale, these both provide interesting developments. Overall this was a fine episode with some scary moments and impressive character development.

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