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Entranced by her mandolin playing, Caine accompanies little Jodie
Foster (as Alethea Patricia Ingram) to a waiting stagecoach. When the
coach arrives, an unwelcome gunfight results in Ms. Foster mistakenly
believing she sees Caine shoot an innocent man to death. Foster's
testimony results in Caine being convicted as a murderer. Although she
likes Caine (she cannot understand why he did it), Foster is compelled
to tell the truth. And, Caine supports her honesty. Will it result in
Caine's death by hanging?
Carradine and Foster are excellent; they make the somewhat uncertain story believable. Perhaps the oddest moment is when Carradine seems to sigh regretfully when a "lie" saves his life. The episode challenges perceptions about truth. At least, it ends well; how could it not? Of the fine "Kung Fu" supporting cast, Radames Pera (as the younger Caine) is featured well. With Foster and Pera highlighted, grasshoppers rule the day.
****** Alethea (3/15/73) John Badham ~ David Carradine, Jodie Foster, Radames Pera
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In this episode we see a talented and cute 10 years old Jodie Foster
sharing the screen with David Caradine.
Kwai Chang Caine (David Caradine) met two men, the young Alethea (Jodie Foster) near a wagon on the road to town, both enjoy a brief moment of friendly conversation but later two outlaws attack the wagon; Caine protect the girl while the driver and his friend fight back the outlaws. After the shooting the driver is dead, and Alethea, confused and thinking it's telling the true, accuse Caine of doing it. Caine is soon blamed for this death and accused of being an accomplice of the fugitive outlaws.
Meanwhile Caine remember his days in the Shaoling temple, and that he used to be as innocent as the girl who blames him. HE and the girl still are friends, she likes Caine but don't want to lie; she honestly believe what she "thinks" she saw: she thinks Caine shot the man.
This is another good episode, well written, acted, and with a moral value. They teach the viewer that sometimes the true is more complex than what it seen at first sight.
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