A man and his wife hire his childhood nanny to care for their baby son. After they hear of the arsenic murder of another baby, the mother becomes suspicious, but the father thinks she's overreacting.

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... Himself - Host
... Frieda Schmidt
... Dexter Dailey
Kathryn Hays ... Joyce Dailey
... Christine Callendar
... Dr. Bailey
... The Callendars' Maid
... Joyce's Mother
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A man and his wife hire his childhood nanny to care for their baby son. After they hear of the arsenic murder of another baby, the mother becomes suspicious, but the father thinks she's overreacting.

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8 February 1965 (USA)  »

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This episode starred two actresses who would soon begin decades long associations with two soaps; Kathryn Hays in As The World Turns and Frances Reid in Days of Our Lives. See more »

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Good Suspense Until The Climax
24 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Okay entry, but nothing special. Upscale young couple (Slate & Hays) hires a nanny (Skala) to take care of their infant son, so they can travel more. Skala's got to be reliable since she was Slate's German nanny when he was a baby. But, is she still trustworthy. Hays gets concerned when a toddler is poisoned in San Francisco by a nanny turned fugitive. Then, when a suspicious Hays quizzes Skala about her previous employer, she lies. At the same time, Hays' child is suddenly undergoing mysterious illnesses. So what's Hays to do—she can't fire her husband's childhood nanny, plus hubby thinks the wife's just overreacting. But, is she.

The entry builds good tight suspense in driving toward the climax. But then the climax is dragged out with too much talk that I'm afraid amounts to padding—always a pitfall for an hour-long weekly series like Hitch. Thus, impact of the ace build-up is spread out and weakened.

As usual, the performances are A-grade, but it's really Hays who gets the screen time. Slate (a Steve McQueen look-a-like) mainly fills out story requirements as the affable husband, while Skala and Deering get to show their chops. Anyway, a tighter climax could have lifted the episode to first-rank. As things are, it's still a fairly engrossing 60-minutes.


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