A car attempts to run down a young man as he walks a lonely stretch of highway. He flees into the woods and over a convent wall striking his head. Hours later he wonders home. When he is ...
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A car attempts to run down a young man as he walks a lonely stretch of highway. He flees into the woods and over a convent wall striking his head. Hours later he wonders home. When he is charged with a murder and has no memory of where he had been, Peter Gunn is hired to uncover the alibi. Written by
An oddity for the series. It's not surprising that the unusual storyline came early in the series before it settled into an urban cool format. Here, most of the time is spent at a rural Catholic convent, about as far from Pete's usual milieu as possible. Seems only the sisters can exonerate a young man accused of a murder he didn't commit. Trouble is rules forbid the sisters from leaving the convent, which they would have to do in order to testify to the lad's innocence in a court of law. And, as Pete and Jacoby find out, there are no exceptions, not even for a boy's life. Instead the sisters believe the Lord will provide. Still, Pete and the lad need something less metaphysical. At the same time, according to court rules, testimony is only acceptable if presented in court. Affidavits won't do. Looks like certain leading institutions are bad news for the kid. Strikes me that, whatever else, the story's really about bureaucracies and rules, whether those of churches or courts. The personalities may be pleasing, but I think underneath a darkish subtext remains. Anyhow, don't look for Edie or Mother or the city, in what amounts to a rather cynical teleplay despite the upbeat ending.
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