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The Night of the Vicious Valentine 

To warn some of the country's wealthiest men about recurrent murders, Agents West and Gordon visit Curtis Dodd, who could become the next victim. Dodd, who is playing the piano, is killed ... See full summary »

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Emma Valentine
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Elaine Dodd
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Michele LeMaster
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Paul J. Lambert
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Col. Crockett
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To warn some of the country's wealthiest men about recurrent murders, Agents West and Gordon visit Curtis Dodd, who could become the next victim. Dodd, who is playing the piano, is killed as a lethal spear is fired from the piano keys. Through a series of clues, West and Gordon realize that murdered men were all married to younger women whose marriages were arranged by matchmaker Emma Valentine. Written by Anonymous

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Some modern sources erroneously list Mickey Daniels as the (uncredited) Laughing Henchman, as a result of a faulty identification by an inexperienced researcher; the role in question is played by WWW regular Whitey Hughes. See more »

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In the first scene aboard West and Gordon's rail car, the window on the right has mismatched backdrop images in it. See more »

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Emma Valentine: Well, Mr. West, I regard myself, not as a criminal, but as savior of all womankind.
Jim West: Interesting... and what do women have to be saved from?
Emma Valentine: From domination of the spirit, economic exploitation, annihilation of the mind - in brief, all the injustices wrought by men.
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A Woman Tour De Force Without Her Broom
22 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Agnes Moorhead won an Emmy for this episode. The strongly written plot doe allow for more development of her evil character, Emma Valentine, that other shows allowed at times.

The plot is Emma is training an army of young super women to go out & marry the richest men in the United States, kill them and then bring their wealth to Emma for her use. It works pretty well until West & Gordon finally stop her.

While this is viewed as empowering women years before liberation, the only really empowered woman is Emma Valentine. Agnes Moorhead plays this power to the hilt and very much deserved the Emmy she earned here.

Things to look for- the use of the Adams Family style mansion as Emma Valentine's house. The red haired thug who seems to delight in pummeling with West on this show. The heart themed computer used to match Emma's trainees with their targets.


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