The mad puppeteer Zachariah Skull re-creates a courtroom drama, using life-size puppets, to seek revenge on both Jim and the Supreme Court Justices who sentenced him to death.
Did You Know?
According to the introductory comments by Robert Conrad
on the DVD set, the stark look of this episode (shot mostly on a dark soundstage with spotlights illuminating the action and highly stylized sets for the bench and jury box) was the vision of director Irving J. Moore
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The Supreme Court of the United States is, strictly speaking, an appeals court, and does not commonly pass verdicts in the ordinary sense of the word. Instead, it upholds or overturns the decisions of lower courts. While it is true that overturning Skull's conviction in a lower court would have nullified the death sentence, the Supreme Court did not pass the sentence, although both Skull and Justice Chayne incorrectly spoke as if this were the case. (The possibility also exists for the Supreme Court to overturn a sentence while upholding a conviction; however, cases such as these only affect a sentence already passed by a lower court, so even in these examples, it is also not accurate to speak of the Supreme Court "passing sentence"). See more