A victim of domestic abuse, Louise (Melanie Mayron), whose husband, Jack (Kenneth Welsh, he's a real nasty piece of work) goes out of his way to find reasons to smack her around, receives a china dog for her birthday. After a beating for burning the eggs, Louise craves from the very depths of her heart for a real Great Dane to attack Jack, holding the china dog by her face, one appears, barking with a hostile intent. Through the Twilight Zone, Louise may be able to secure the power needed to no longer tolerate being a victim, the dog her protector, Jack learning a lesson. Melanie Mayron (probably most known for her work in Thirtysomething) reflects a small, timid, weak, frail abuse victim, not strong enough physically, or, for a while, psychologically tough to challenge her volatile husband, Jack, who has her asking to open a gift sent to her in the mail. She asks him when he will be back from fishing, and he shrugs her off, saying, "When I feel like it." Like the stereotypical woman-beater, Kenneth Welsh conveys a quick-tempered, cold-feeling husband who demands perfection, and when she doesn't adhere to his preposterous expectations (which are set up merely so he can find any excuse to slap her around) snaps. Thankfully, television at this time wasn't so keen to show spousal abuse, but all we need to know is laid out for us with the wreckage of broken dishes scattered across the kitchen floor, a bruise on Mayron's face, tears flowing, Welsh addressing her after the fact as if he were consoling a misbehaving child who deserved the scolding daddy gave her. That's the whole point, to present this horrible man we want to see punished, the dog a fierce presence that threatens to rip him limb from limb. Eventually, Mayron will be empowered with enough courage to not only leave but stand up to him, the Twilight Zone just the right place for her to do so.
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