Mannix: Season 5, Episode 3

A Step in Time (29 Sep. 1971)

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Mannix is jogging on a beach near an isolated point of land overlooked by a large house when he witnesses a woman being dragged inside the house by two rough-looking characters. He has a ... See full summary »



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Grace Albertson ...
Dr. Lucas
Hildy Brooks ...
Charlotte Benson
Kreag Caffey ...
First Hippie
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Laurence Haddon ...
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Moe Mingo
Todd Mason ...
Henry Olek ...
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Ward Wood ...


Mannix is jogging on a beach near an isolated point of land overlooked by a large house when he witnesses a woman being dragged inside the house by two rough-looking characters. He has a neighbor call the police, and when the sheriff's deputy arrives, Mannix describes the two men and the woman he saw being attacked. He is startled, however, when the deputy tells him that his description of the crime and of the three participants perfectly matches the murder of a woman in that house - except that it happened a year before. Written by aldanoli

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Very good but one of the main story points really makes no sense if you think about it.
21 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you enjoy a program even though you'll easily admit that it's quite flawed. That is clearly how I felt as I watched "A Step in Time". While a bit of the story made no sense, it does have a few interesting twists and features two talented special guests-- Shelly Fabares and Dean Stockwell.

The show begins with Joe going for a jog along the beach. Suddenly he sees a woman being attacked by two men on a fancy home on the cliff. He quickly scampers there only to find the place is padlocked shut! And, when the police arrive, his description of the event PERFECTLY matches that of a murder that took place there a year earlier!! Are there ghosts? Hardly...but this entire portion of the program, though cool, is 100% unnecessary and when you learn exactly what's going on you'll realize that the first 10 minutes of the show are meaningless!!!

However, what follows is very good, as the dead woman left a shattered husband (Stockwell) whose mental and physical health snapped when the murder occurred. And, the man's sister is worried, as he is about to be released from the sanitarium and she's worried that the two men that murdered her sister-in-law will now come looking for him, as they might think that as the husband regains his mind, he might finally be able to identify the killers.

What's best about the show, apart from the acting, is the obligatory 'let's murder Mannix scene' at the end. What happens then is pretty cool! Worth seeing.

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