Carl Jaekel and Beth Wilson were a couple a decade ago, when his temper caused him to kill a man who had insulted her. After eight years in prison, he foils an escape attempt by killing two... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Carl Jaekel
Beth Wilson
Norman Wilson
Mia Bendixsen ...
Penny Wilson
Sam Noonan
James Chandler ...
Scott Edmonds ...
Bob Golden ...
Ted Jordan ...
Nathan Burke


Carl Jaekel and Beth Wilson were a couple a decade ago, when his temper caused him to kill a man who had insulted her. After eight years in prison, he foils an escape attempt by killing two other prisoners, and is granted a pardon. What the warden doesn't know is that Jaekel has gone completely psychotic and engineered the escape attempt himself, killing his partners in an attempt to look heroic when they were found out. What Jaekel doesn't know is that Beth, who wrote sympathetic letters to him throughout his imprisonment, is actually deathly afraid of him. Without telling him, she found a kindly gentleman whom she married, and now is the mother of a young daughter. Beth keeps up the charade for a while when Jaekel gets out, but he's bound to find out eventually -- and he does, kidnapping Beth's daughter in an effort to force her into repudiating her husband and taking up with him again. Written by Peter Harris

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1 February 1971 (USA)  »

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After viewing, I was really not sure who was the villain
14 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Carl Jaekel has been in prison for eight years when he killed a man that insulted his girlfriend, Beth. Jaekel and Beth have been exchanging letters ever since he was arrested and Jaekel is looking forward to returning to Dodge and marrying his sweetheart Beth. When Jaekel foils an escape attempt in prison, the Warden decides to release him for telling of the escape. But little does the Warden know that Jaekel was the one that planned the escape so that he could be released.

When Jaekel returns to Dodge, he finds out that Beth's letters were a lie. She is married to Norman Wilson and they have a six year old girl named Penny. When Jaekel confronts Beth, she advises that she does not love him anymore but the psychotic Jaekel is determined for Beth to return to him and start a new life even if it means the death of Norman and Penny.

While Norman is on his way out of town, he is shot out on the road. Norman reports the incident to Marshal Dillon but does not know anything about Jaekel. When Matt learns from Kitty that Jaekel has received a pardon and about the letters, he sends Festus to watch the Wilson home. But that very night Jaekel will appear at the house, knocking out Festus, and start reading the letters that Beth wrote. Marshal becomes suspicious when Newly advises that he cannot find Festus and they ride out to the farm.

Beth is able to get away from the house with Penny in tow. They run to an abandon mine shaft with Jaekel following close behind. Carl Jaekel is determined to have Beth in anyway possible.

The script appeared to want the viewer to have disdain for the Carl Jaekel that was harassing the young woman with a child. However, I also felt remorse for Jaekel. This married woman had been writing to him as if they were still in love and could not wait for his return. I found this two be a double edge sword on actually who was the victim of the story. And when you cannot decide who was in the right or who was in the wrong- then it does not make for the most entertaining show.

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