Let's not talk about electronic organ music, blood types, or the real names of actors.
This episode succeeds where it matters: the story and the characters.
I'm sure that many who have retired and find themselves alone can strongly empathize with the character played by Lawrence Fletcher. Listen to these lines:
"You know, I had three ships sunk under me during the war; I wasn't even afraid. But now that I'm retired---now that there's nothing in the world but to face it.... You know, the worst terror is when you're alone at night in the dead of night in your room, and you reach for a book, but the best book in the world is just waste paper, and you play records---play them over and over again---but all I can hear is the clock ticking time and me away. And that makes me desperate. That's why I watch the kids come and go, laughing and young, every day, and that makes me more desperate. And I want to reach out and grasp. When a man like that is rejected, you know what he can do? He can do terrible things out of loneliness and terror."
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