Jim finds his guilty conscience being manipulated by a former fiancee, who asks him to find out who is threatening her life.



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Valerie Pointer
Eric Genther
Cynthia Zakarian
Joe Zakarian
Jean Ludwig
Eldon Quick ...
Timothy Wayne ...
Allen Hough
Brian Tegg (as James Lough)
Al Stevenson ...
L. J.
Ben Young ...
Mr. Goldstone
Luis Delgado ...


Jim finds his guilty conscience being manipulated by a former fiancee, who asks him to find out who is threatening her life.

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19 January 1979 (USA)  »

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For a text-book case of 'passive-aggressive'...
5 September 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I like Ms. Crowley, I really do. As an actress, I've seen her through the years, and she's always been pleasant to watch.

Not here - to me.

Ms. Crowley plays Valerie Poynter, an old girlfriend of Jim's, and apparently, the two were pretty close on the road to marriage, 20 years prior.

Any time Rocky here's Jim's spending time with her - on this case - he's practically hiring the wedding band, and renting the hall, but, Jim - who was even reluctant to mention her name - is very quick to cut Rocky off, and he's also not interested in telling why their relationship ended.

Valerie's the perfect example of passive-aggressive behaviour - Jim and her go to a restaurant - a surf and turf, which she chose, as open owed to a ritzy place, which Rocky said a woman like her should go to.but, when the waiter comes to take their orders, she just wants a salad, and Jim - who'd been set to order his steak and fries, deflates, and offers to take her to a ritzy place, which Valerie poo-poos.

It seems someone's out stalking Valerie - and the first attempt, in broad daylight, while she's walking her dog sets the tone (I think) for her whole make up.

Instead of immediately turning and running, she just stands like a statue (yes, I know; some people become petrified), and repeatedly says (politely); 'no, please, don't,' while the shooter calmly raises his gun and casually aims it at her dog (who's much more willing to do something than Valerie!), and - again - with the clock slowly ticking, he aims, and shoots the dog.

Does she run? No. Does she move? N-O. She just stands there - still going in her monotone, 'no. Please. Stop. Don't.'

The killer leaves (perhaps even he though she's just too irritating), because his gun jams, and 'statue Val' - still standing, still unmoving watches as he goes to his car, opens the door, and drives off.

Then, concerned pet owner Val kneels down - with nary any emotion, whatsoever - says the dog's name, who whimpers.

Perhaps he was happy his misery with this nincompoop was finally over!

Gosh, was this person an interminable irritant, and despite her endless passive- aggressiveness with Jim, he still puts up with her, trying to solve this case.

I'd give Rockford a Purple Heart JUST for this.

I know it sounds like I'm taking it, and Valerie Poynter, or, perhaps, I've some 'issues.'

Actually, I'm come ding Ms. Crowley's acting skills, because it's a big part of this episode.

Actors would prefer to play charters people,can 'identify' with, or just like - perhaps wish they knew them in their lives.

But, Ms. Crowley's 'Valerie Poynter' is someone I, as well as others, I'm sure, found repugnant in her insincere sweetness.

Ted Shackleford is another 'blast-from-the-past,' who guest stars, and the wealthy woman - 'Mrs. Zakarian, née Germaine - played by Rita Gam, who's brief, but memorable time with Jim, has a line which is so late '70's; 'Ordinarily, I don't lift anything heavier than a coke spoon.' It had me chuckling.

All-in-all, Guilt is one of the few episodes which isn't memorable. It IS well-acted, but, it's just not one of Rockford's best.

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