Donald's meeting with a new editor turns out to be with somebody Ann knows, and leads to flashbacks of her brief career in law enforcement.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lew Parker ...
Lewis M. Franks
Judson Pratt ...
Sgt. Melvin
Tol Avery ...
Mayor Jim Swanson
Diana Hale ...
Claudia Bryar ...
Fritzi Burr ...
Billy Beck ...
Councilman Diggs


Donald has to forgo his scheduled lunch with Ann to work in order to please the magazine's new editor, who Donald doesn't really yet know as a boss and thus doesn't want to rock the boat by missing a deadline. When Donald mentions to Ann that the man's name is Lewis M. Franks, Ann is certain that he will let Donald go to lunch with her. Why?: because they had an auspicious series of encounters five years ago the summer Ann worked as a meter maid in the small town of Fenwick. The story... Ann was initially torn between not wanting to ticket anyone for parking violations against her job of upholding the law. But when she was told by the police to rescind a ticket written for a car parked next to a fire hydrant - that car belonging to the mayor - Ann was appalled at what she saw as the corruption, however small. So Ann went to the local newspaper, whose editor at the time was Lewis, hoping that he would write a feature article on the issue. He refused seeing that it was not big news, but... Written by Huggo

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22 January 1970 (USA)  »

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In the scene taking place at home during the flashback, this is supposed to be prior to moving to Brewster, yet the house appears to be the same, right down to the furnishings. See more »


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Before McCloud
27 December 2015 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This episode is told in a flashback five years before the time this episode aired. The episode won't win awards for period authenticity, but this series isn't Mad Men in terms of period style, aside of showing what styles in 1966-71 were.

What makes this episode fun is the presence of Dennis Weaver. Fresh off his run on Gentle Ben, and right before his starring role on McCloud, this has to be one of his first with his mustache. He really shines here.

With all due respect to Marlo Thomas, some of her performance here is almost irritating, like some little crying girl. That said, seeing Dennis Weaver is enough to make this episode interesting.

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