Mannix: Season 3, Episode 10

The Sound of Darkness (6 Dec. 1969)

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Mannix is hired by a man who was shot at, but not harmed, by a hired killer in an apparent threat of some kind. While shadowing his client into a derelict building, Mannix is shot at by the... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joby Baker ...
Rudy Marin
Peter Brocco ...
Craig Chudy ...
Volleyball Player
James Edwards ...
Arthur Eisner ...
Hot dog vendor
Gilbert Green ...
Dr. Lang
Glenn R. Wilder ...
Killer (as Glen Wilder)


Mannix is hired by a man who was shot at, but not harmed, by a hired killer in an apparent threat of some kind. While shadowing his client into a derelict building, Mannix is shot at by the hit man. The bullet grazes Mannix' temple, causing a bout of psychosomatic blindness. With the help of an ex-Marine friend of police Lt. Tobias, Mannix learns how to survive in the world of blindness, to prepare himself for what he suspects will be hit man's return to finish the job of silencing Mannix. Written by aldanoli

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6 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Joe Mannix: What time is it?
Peggy Fair: Seven-twenty.
Joe Mannix: Look, why don't you go home before you make your babysitter rich?
Peggy Fair: I haven't finished that Javis report.
Joe Mannix: Forget it! We're out of business.
Lieutenant Adam Tobias: Joe, listen. I've got this friend - ex-Marine, he's a great guy. He works with the blind...
Joe Mannix: You mean... he sells 'em those white canes?
Peggy Fair: Let's face it, Joe - it's a brand new ball game.
Joe Mannix: Ball game called because of darkness.
Peggy Fair: You're feeling sorry for yourself, right?
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An unusually vulnerable Joe Mannix
10 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In practically every episode of "Mannix", Joe scoffs at danger and is quick to storm into even the most dangerous encounters. Being uncertain or careful is just not in Mannix's makeup. However, in "The Sound of Darkness", he's scared and seemingly defenseless--and it's certainly unusual to see this guy so vulnerable.

The show begins with a neat little assassination...of sorts. A guy is chased about in a public garage and the assassin carefully places all four bullets around the guy's head! The police don't seem to be able to do much to help Mr. Marin, so he goes to Mannix about this attack. However, Marin is NOT entirely forthright when he insists he has no idea who or why anyone would do this to him. In the course of investigating, Joe manages to walk in at just the wrong time and nearly gets killed---with the assassin's bullet grazing his temple. Despite this not being a serious injury, Joe is shocked to discover that he's blind!! The doctor, however, cannot find anything seriously wrong and thinks the blindness is hysterical, as for once, this tough detective is scared--scared blind! For much of the episode, Joe works with a coach to adapt to his blindness. This is important because the guy that tried to shoot Mannix MIGHT just come back. With the help of Peggy, he's going to make himself a sitting duck--and hope the killer will make one more try.

This is a good and different episode of "Mannix". It was nice to see him this vulnerable, as usually he's too tough and too sure of himself. Well worth your time--even if the whole blindness angle seemed a bit contrived.

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