Shane (1966– )
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A Long Night of Mourning 

A woman arrives in town and announces to Joey that she is an old acquaintance of Tom's. Tom soon has to reveal a deep dark secret from his past and the reason he left the bench. But the ... See full summary »

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Marian Starett
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Tom Starett
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Joey Starett (as Chris Shea)
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Lydia Montgomery
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Lee Maddox
Owen Bush ...
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A woman arrives in town and announces to Joey that she is an old acquaintance of Tom's. Tom soon has to reveal a deep dark secret from his past and the reason he left the bench. But the woman is out for revenge, and not even Shane may be able to stop it this time. Written by Michelle

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3 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Lydia Montgomery: You were too drunk to care!
Tom Starett: Yes, that was my part of the flaw. That's why I quit the bench. I couldn't face up to sending any more men to their deaths. One murder doesn't justify another, even if the law pretends that it does. Even if society demands it. Revenge is wrong... That's part of it, Shane. I sentenced a man - an innocent man - to be hanged.
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About Tom's Past
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Tom's story. We find out here that he had a drinking problem while he was judge. In fact, it was that drinking problem that made him leave the bench. After a woman arrives in town, we discover that he's carrying a deep, dark secret.

So, that's the jest of the story line. I really like that they make people so imperfect. Tom has made bad mistakes, as has Shane and everyone else in the world; in fact, he tells young Joey that very thing. "Nobody's perfect," Tom declared.

This is another great episode that shows just how things were back then. We didn't have the crime labs and such we have now, yet there were common sense factors that could judge the innocent from the guilty. Unfortunately, we somehow want to go with the flow and not rock the boat, as did Tom. And yes, he did pay for it dearly!

Another great episode. I liked seeing Tom's story.


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