I used to really enjoy this show back in the 1980s. I found some old episodes on youtube recently and found them to be as fresh and relevant as ever. A Gun For Mandy is definitely a powerful "insight" into the problem of gun violence (with headlines like Ferguson this episode is as relevant today as in 1982). Lois Nettleton plays a meek bookshop owner who is harassed in her shop and later during a home invasion by a disturbed man. The experience terrifies her and she buys a gun for protection despite a police officer urging her not to pointing out that she could accidentally shot an innocent person. Nettleton's character is a divorcée who has a loving relationship with her teenage son who is about to go off to college. SPOILER ALERT the son makes an unfortunate mistake when he comes home late in the night to surprise his mother on her birthday. Terrified she grabs her gun just as he opens the door...well you can guess the unfortunate ending. It was really a chilling way to deliver a message about gun control. One last thing I wanted to point out is that this episode was directed by Ted Post who had directed the Dirty Harry movie Magnum Force. I find it ironic that he directed a movie about our favorite gun crazy cop and this show that was an indictment against guns!
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