After Dr. Hyatt labels him a "constitutional psychopathic inferior" before the parole board, "Jocko" Townsend (Hunter) receives a sentence extension of five years. When he's released, he ... See full summary »

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After Dr. Hyatt labels him a "constitutional psychopathic inferior" before the parole board, "Jocko" Townsend (Hunter) receives a sentence extension of five years. When he's released, he decides to celebrate Dr. Hyatt's birthday by holding him hostage and blowing him up at the exact hour and minute of his birth. The situation becomes more complicated as first Jed and then Don drop by to visit. Hyatt has exactly one hour to analyze Jocko's dysfunction and dissuade him from carrying out his ingenious homicidal plan.. Written by jburlinson

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A duel of wits
16 February 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The only cast members in this Checkmate episode are the regulars and guest star Jeffrey Hunter. We learn here that criminal psychologist Sebastian Cabot when he's not working for Checkmate is busy assisting the parole board in California with evaluations. One such evaluation of prisoner Jeffrey Hunter puts him and the others in a nice jackpot.

When Cabot arrives at the office late it's for a little birthday celebration for him and he finds an armed and somewhat unbalanced Jeffrey Hunter awaiting him. Hunter did an extra five years in the joint because of Cabot's evaluation and now it's time for payback in his view.

For those of you who remember Hunter from those John Ford movies and playing Jesus in King Of Kings this will be a revelation. Hunter is dirty disheveled and not thinking rationally. Before Anthony George and Doug McClure arrive the bulk of the episode is a battle of wits between Cabot and Hunter. Shades of the William Holden film The Dark Past.

Watch this Checkmate story for a very different Jeffrey Hunter.


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