Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Something in the Woodwork 

Spurned wife Molly Wheatland uses spirits (bottled and otherwise) to get back at her ex-husband Charlie despite the lethargic spirit's objection.



(teleplay), (short story)


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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Molly Wheatland
Charlie Wheatland
Paul Jenkins ...
John McMurtry ...
Jamie Dillman


Molly is an alcoholic and still has delusions that her ex-husband Charlie can be won over. She has just bought a home that has been unoccupied for 30 years, thanks to the story about a ghost in the attic. When she invites him to her new house under a misleading need to talk, Charlie makes it clear he is through with her and has found someone new. Taking advantage of his weak heart, Molly gets Charlie up into the attic, with surprising results. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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weak heart | ghost | alcoholic | See All (3) »




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14 January 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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There's something about Molly
7 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This terrific episode, as there aren't that many in this controversial series, stars Geraldine Page in her third and final appearance on the Night Gallery, as she portrays a divorced woman, who's also an alcoholic, named Molly Wheatland. It turns out that she has a "friend" in the attic woodwork in the form of a ghost that she confides in; let me add that the scenes in the attic are very effective and creepy, and not the usual cheesiness from this show. I especially like how the apparition was portrayed, even the voice of the sometimes visible ghost was eerie. Look for a familiar face in Leif Erickson, who plays Molly's divorced husband Charlie, and he intends to take Molly to see a doctor, as she's clearly disturbed. She hatches a plan to have the ghost scare Charlie to death, as he has a "bum ticker", as Molly puts it; soon after, Charlie comes over to speak with her about seeing a doctor, while she eventually convinces him to go to the attic to see her friend. The next scene wasn't totally unexpected, but it most certainly delivered.

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