Jessica and sheriff Amos Tupper, who keeps worrying if they'll be on time for a lottery where he wants to win a TV set, go to a Boston convention by bus. After picking up two unknown passengers, the stormy weather and damage force the party to take an indefinite rest at a diner, where Jessica can observe everyone conversing. When she goes look for a book on the bus, Jessica finds Gilbert Stoner, one of the extra passengers and as she deduced astutely a just released ex-convict, dead in his seat, stabbed with a screw-driver from the toolbox bus driver Ben Gibbons used just before, but within everybody's reach. While everybody is stuck at least till the local police arrives, Amos -out of his jurisdiction- and in fact Jessica conduct an informal investigation. Reading Stoner's name in his papers recalls he's one of three criminals who pulled off the bloody Denvers bank robbery years ago. The obvious first suspect is the driver, whose daughter died in the heist, but Stoner was strangled ... Written by
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The music heard as the bus drives through a thunderstorm at the beginning of the episode is patterned after Bernard Herrmann's main title cue for the 1960 movie "Psycho," though it doesn't quote Herrmann's music directly. In the Hitchcock film, Herrmann's theme recurs as Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) drives through heavy rain and ultimately finds the Bates Motel - a possible inspiration for the musical reference in this episode. See more