Night Gallery: Season 2, Episode 21

The Sins of the Fathers/You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore (23 Feb. 1972)

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Famine runs rampant in medieval Wales, forcing terrified young Ian to feast on the sins of deceased Mr. Craighill. / The Fultons delight in the sadistic torture of servants, but, may have met their match when a new robot maid arrives.

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Mrs. Evans (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
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Ian Evans (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
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The Servant (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
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Mrs. Fulton (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
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Joseph Fulton (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
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Maid (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
Cyril Delevanti ...
The Old Man (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
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The Man (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
Terence Pushman ...
Any Man (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
John Barclay ...
Another Man (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
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The Widow (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
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Malcolm Hample (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
Severn Darden ...
Dr. Kessler (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
Pamela Susan Shoop ...
Mrs. Foster (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore") (as Pamela Shoop)
Christopher Law ...
Mr. Foster (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
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Famine runs rampant in medieval Wales, forcing terrified young Ian to feast on the sins of deceased Mr. Craighill. / The Fultons delight in the sadistic torture of servants, but, may have met their match when a new robot maid arrives.

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Cloris Leachman (Mrs. Fulton) and Henry Jones (Malcolm Hample) in the "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore" segment next appeared together on the TV series "Phyllis". See more »

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The Broderick Crawford "robot" seen in the final moments is supposed to be frozen in position, but he is holding his set of garden clippers at two different angles, depending on the shot. See more »

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The first episode, "The Sins of the Father," takes place in a plague infested world where people are dropping like flies. Apparently, an unpopular occupation is that of a "Sin Eater." Even with rampant starvation at hand the mourners at the funeral of an unfortunate person there is all manner of food surrounding the body. This is for the sin eater to consume and by doing so, take the sins of the deceased unto himself, sending himself to eternal damnation but saving the other guy. A group of people are holed up at a wake where none are to eat. A little person, played by Michael Dunn, is dispatched to find the aforementioned "expert." There are so many deaths that finding anyone is nearly impossible. He finally settles on a boy played by Richard Thomas. His mother talks him into doing the deed but she implores him not to ingest the food, but rather steal it for them. He is so hungry and wails about it over and over (this is one part that is hard to take because it overwhelms the senses). He makes his way to the house of the dead man and tries to pull off his mothers wishes. What happens next is something you'll not forget soon.

The second offering is about an agency that sells androids (they call them robots). They are attractive physically but there have been complaints about them. Some people abuse them because they have no defenses and Cloris Leachman and Broderick Crawford are the worst. They have completely destroyed one model and have insisted on another one. The thing is that the robots have started developing defense mechanisms and the quality of telling the truth. Leachman and Crawford are great as absolute rich scum. I have to admit I was with this one till the end but left it confused. See what you think.


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