Nina has a joyless marriage to a man who admits he married her just for her father's money - of which they've seen none since their wedding day. When her husband hires a man to create a scandal with his wife that will blackmail her father into forking over some money, the man instead falls in love with Nina. So Nina's husband hires another man: this one, to kill Nina's lover. Written by
Another powerful episode that has the viewer memorized by the action on the screen. You actually feel the part of the characters as they play out the script with utmost precision. An excellent show even for today's standards of entertainment.
Nina Sharkey (Lois Nettleton) is in a loveless marriage with her husband Lee. They had married years ago because Lee was thinking that Nina's dad would give them money instead of him having to work. But Nina's father has given them nothing and Lee is taking out his frustrations on Nina. It is shown on the screen when one afternoon they are packing a wagon. Lee tells Nina to stay with the wagon as he has a drink. Many hours later Nina is still waiting on Lee.
Lee, thinking of a way to embarrass Nina's father, comes up with a scheme to hire a man to watch the farm while he is away. During this time the neighbors would start gossip and upon returning blackmail the father for money. But the person that Lee hires, Jim Garza, falls in love with Nina. Nina has never been so happy in her life.
Upon Lee's return, Jim and Nina are packing for Colorado to start a new life. Lee then hires another man- this time to kill Jim Garza.
Even with advise from Matt, Jim is talked into a gunfight down by the river. And it will not be long until the pressure of the situation explodes for Nina.
Lois Nettleton does a great job of making the viewer feel for the abused and lonely Nina. It was one of the most compelling performances that she has produced. A great watch with an surreal melancholy ending to an unhappy life.
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