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Even Burgess Meredith can't help this one.
Meredith plays an absent-minded heavy who is saddled with two sons who are dumb as a box of rocks. As much as I normally love WWW's crazy plot twists with megalomaniac world conquerors, this one falls as flat as Orkney Cadwallader (Meredith)'s plot to seize control by causing earthquakes.
In addition to his sons, he has a daughter who is clever, but is also preoccupied with finding a proper suitor. She spends most of her time either fawning over West or wanting to kill him. There's no love lost on her father, either, whom she sees a limiting the number of potential beaus.
Most of the early episodes were well written, but this one fizzles out like wet dynamite.
Cheyenne: The Mutton Puncher (1957)
You're a Whole Lot of Woman Too, if You Don't Mind My Saying So
So says Cheyenne after meeting Thora Flagg, once widowed and once divorced from a gambler as she explains. Cheyenne has just gotten off the trail as foreman with his friend Ben Creed. He refuses to continue on because he realizes Creed is a scoundrel who pays his men a bonus, but then buys drink and holds poker games where he cheats his men out of their wages, forcing them to sign up for another drive. Creed tricks Cheyenne by having him waylaid and then coming to the rescue, so he feels obligated to Creed.
Meanwhile, they come across Thora Flagg who's wagon has overturned with her underneath and help the crusty gal out. Cheyenne soon believes Creed and Thora have a lot in common, especially after she wins Cheyenne's help with her herd in a poker game. She tricks Creed into thinking she's a novice poker player and then cheats him at his own game.
But while Cheyenne admires grit and cleverness, he is floored when the herd he's suppose to help get to market isn't cattle, but sheep!
This story is one of the best of the series...and you must watch until the end to see the final plot twist.
Delightful Episode with an All-Star Cast
In this episode, Angela Lansbury is joined by a group of classic movie and TV actresses, including former child actresses Margaret O'Brien and Jane Withers.
Jessica Fletcher has just gotten off a book signing tour in Dallas, TX only to hear her name in a news report stating that she had been arrested and released in a nearby town. She travels there only to have to prove to the gruff, suspicious Sheriff Tanner (Earl Holliman) that SHE is the real J.B. Fletcher by buying a drugstore paperback with her photo on the back. She finds out the name of the impostor's friend who bailed her out and finds they are both members of the J.B. Fletcher Literary Society. It turns out one of the women owns a print shop and made all the members fake photo IDs for fun with J.B. Fletcher's name. She learns the impostor's husband is a state senator whom she didn't want to embarrass with the arrest and so used the fake ID.
It gets worse when the impostor makes an accusation to the wrong person and is killed, causing the news to announce the death of Jessica Fletcher. In addition to realizing friends and family are going to think she's dead, the real Jessica has to deal with her credit cards being canceled as well as solving the mystery of what turns out to be three deaths. Helping her, of course, are her exuberant fans from the J.B. Fletcher Literary Society, sometimes with means that aren't totally legal.
Max Baer makes a short, but well done, guest appearance and you realize it's a shame he was type-cast as Jethro.
Waste of Wynn's and Klemperer's talents
This is a Halloween themed episode that falls flat. Keenan Wynn and Werner Klemperer are guest stars in a very hokey episode about devil worshiping cultists who are after Sally. The episode has no redeeming value and is a total waste of Wynn's and Klemperer's talents. It's not campy or funny and it's certainly not scary; there are no real plot surprises or twists. It starts out when Mildred opens a door at the hospital only to see someone being strangled, but when others arrive to her screams, no one is there. At first, it seems like Mildred's being "gas-lighted," but then the plot jumps to satanic cults, past life regressions and other nonsense. At that time in the 70's, scary movies involving witchcraft and satanic cults were becoming popular. Later that same year (1973), The Exorcist was released. Unfortunately, this was an overall poor and unbelievable plot for this show.
A Disappointment for Jessica Fletcher Fans
Angela Landsbury makes a brief appearance and then disappears. We are left with the character of Dennis Stanton, insurance investigator. Even with Keith Michell and Roy Dotrice, the story falls flat. It revolves around a forged manuscript, allegedly written by Mark Twain, (ridiculously entitled 'Wild, wicked wench'). The manuscript is authenticated and on display, about to go on auction when it's conveniently destroyed by a fire. Dennis Stanton (Michell) investigates since it's his company that insured the manuscript for 5 million.
I don't know if Angela Landsbury had to be absent for another commitment or they were trying to create a spin-off. But it doesn't work.
A Great Episode for Eastwood Fans
Wishbone gives Rowdy money to purchase 150 replacement cattle before Mr. Favor returns. (Now as to why you would purchase more cattle, unless you think you'll make a good profit on them in the end is a bit odd to me as you're going to lose some on a trail drive. But maybe something happened to lose that many that they don't know want Mr. Favor to know about.)
Rowdy comes to a town where the saloon seems to be more of an English pub and Rowdy quickly becomes a fish out of water with their expressions and mannerisms. When asks about the whereabouts of the man, Ashley, who is the owner of the herd he wishes to purchase, he is told Ashley won't sell the cattle to him. Undaunted, he runs into Ashley's daughter Laura (played by the exotic looking Debra Paget) who has heard of his interest and is eager to make the sale so she and her father can travel back to England. She takes him to their home, which is a huge Georgian style mansion.
Ashley turns out to be a very nice English gentleman who welcomes Rowdy to his home, but who seems unwilling to sell him the cattle without talking to his foreman, Winch (played by John Ireland). Ashley, however, insists on Rowdy dining with them and staying the night. Since the herd will meet them near there, he reasons business discussions can come later. There's a very funny scene where the butler insists on helping Rowdy dress for dinner in a loaned black tux and white tie while his own dirty clothes are being washed and *shudder* pressed!
From there, the show becomes a mystery of what hold a foreman has over the old gentleman. I won't give anything away because it's well worth watching.
Remington Steele: Elegy in Steele (1984)
Lame 10 minute plot stretched into 60
I'm a big fan of the show, but they sure missed on this one! Major Descoine spent time in jail because of the Remington Steele detective agency, while his wife committed suicide rather than do jail time and wants revenge. While Mildred is on an early lunch date, Descoine shows up and tells them they will be dead by noon. He then pitches a smoke bomb and runs out the office. They see him in the elevator as the elevator doors close, but instead of one taking to the staircase, while the other calls the police (as anyone sensible would do). They spend time analyzing the scarf that he left behind as a clue and that leads to a country club.
From then on, the show becomes an unexciting game of cat and mouse with Descoine being aided by his daughter, Minor. Descoine is always one step ahead and has, even more unbelievably, managed to steal one of Laura's childhood diaries. This gives him the location to a childhood hideout, a drainage area that seems unlikely for Laura to have played in considering her reaction to the rats they find. They also seem to have the idea that if they just make it to noon and stay alive, they will somehow be free and clear. It's all very contrived and not remotely believable, even for this show.
Thriller: A Good Imagination (1961)
Another Excellent Thriller from the Pen of Robert Bloch
Robert Bloch, best known for writing the Hitchcock-produced Psycho, has always been one of my favorite authors. This one doesn't disappoint and Edward Andrews portrays bookstore owner Frank Logan in his usual outward milquetoast manner containing an evil streak. Frank's problem is his wife Louise has a bad habit of taking up with young male lovers.
Because of her dalliances, there's empathy for Frank's character as his wife and her lovers think he's none the wiser and they can just assault his dignity. But Frank is an avid reader and his beloved selection of books give him ideas on how take out her current boyfriend and get away with it. Afterwards, he torments his wife by indirectly hinting his involvement, which causes Louise, through her brother, to hire a private detective to look into the matter. Frank soon dispatches both of them, making it look like an accident before moving Louise out to a remote area home for her "health." When Louise yet again takes another lover, this time the good-looking, local handyman, Frank plots an ingenious method from an Edgar Allen Poe tale to take care of the two lovers and rid himself of his unfaithful wife. There's a nice twist at the end that I won't give away here.
Dabney Coleman and Rue McClanahan make this episode worth watching
The synopsis for this is wrong regarding matching titles to their stories, btw.
"El Kid" had Robert Urich and his real-life wife Heather Menzies-Urich as a couple going to Mexico to pick up an adopted baby. Now this really makes no sense because most people would have flown down and back. They've set up the cabin like a nursery, complete with crib! What if the baby became sick and needed something more than a ship's doctor? Of course, what happens is they get down there and the Padre tells them that the mother decided to keep her baby. In a little Padre bait-and-switch, he tells them there's another child who needs a home, a boy named Pepito (who just swiped Urich's sunglasses) and who is basically a sticky-fingered thief. After remarkably little convincing, they decide to take him instead. Plot from there is predictable.
However, "The Last Hundred Bucks" with Dabney Coleman and Rue McClanahan make the episode worth watching. Coleman is Van Milner, an ad exec who had been fired from the company he created and hasn't found work for over a year due to age discrimination. He decides to blow the rest of his money on a cruise. He runs into a friend, Wes and his wife, who have brought along a friend, April (McClanahan). April's mind can't seem to get off her business (she's in charge of a hospital), even while on vacation. The couple set her up with Van hoping she be distracted away from her business worries. None of the other three realize Van will soon be down to his last hundred bucks. As Van and April are falling for each other, Van makes the mistake of tell his fair-weather friend Wes of his plight and asks him for a job. April who has been worrying about marketing the hospital talks to Van about hiring him. But Wes pulls her aside later and tells her about Van before he can tell her himself. Wes makes it sound like Van may be romancing her just to get a job. She breaks up with him and a despondent Van puts his last hundred dollars on a roulette table and amazingly (yes, but it's Love Boat) wins back several thousand dollars while April looks on, flabbergasted. Even more so when he takes his winnings and give it to April for the hospital. Of course, everything works out from there.
The third story is a bit of silliness called the "Isosceles Triangle" where the Captain and Doc vie for Julie's friend, played by Connie Stevens. Gopher and Issac have a bet on who will win.
Not their best
Full disclosure--I really dislike the character of Amy Farrah Fowler. While the guys are nerdy, but funny, she is just weird and not funny. And why are the women on this show with brains (with the exception of Bernadette) purposely made to look homely and expressionless? In this episode Amy veers away from her usual lesbian leaning commentary when she becomes attracted to one of Penny's old boyfriends. Of course, she can't figure out "what's wrong" and why she feels the way she does. Is she sick? She and Sheldon try to diagnose her problem--hence the title.
Meanwhile Wolowitz and Koothrappali are in a debate as to which of them would be the hero vs. the sidekick if they got super powers. Yeah--that's it. It's very disappointing and has none of the usual clever banter.