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Title:
Insomnia
Plot:
In the pursuit of slumber, an insomniac begins listening to non-existent radio stations. The reason behind her sickness is uncovered when she finally succumbs to slumber.
Episode:
1200
Air Dates:
First Run - May 20, 1981
Repeat - August 26, 1981
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2 Responses to Episode 1200


I can't believe it. I cannot believe that playwright Elspeth Eric missed such an obvious line at the end. Or maybe she just wrote this where we THOUGHT that was what Teri Keane was going to say. Remember the Al Pacino flick of the same name a few years ago? Well, this is an Eric play, so Teri Keane's not likely to be shooting dead dogs in an Anchorage alley somewhere to collect blood sample to falsify crime scene information. Instead, Keane's a divorcee lives alone and whose husband dumped her for a younger woman earlier. She does apparently harbor guilt, and hurt, and some self-loathing (like Pacino's character) which appears to make her unable to sleep. However, she does have a kindly neighbor and a married son who both care for her. The neighbor in particular tries to help...she lends Keane a radio to listen to at night (All Keane hears is one station, on the western side of the US (she lives in the east), which plays one song), then suggests she get a canary to sing to her (a cat breaks in and eats the canary) then suggests Keane get a night light (Keane sees mysterious shadows, but by then the plot starts to get somewhat resolved). It is an Eric script so it moves (like several but not all of her others) like a tortoise on Sominex. However, I ended up enjoying it. If someone else hears this show, were you, too, expecting her to say at the end: "Tell him...tell him...I'll have to sleep on it."?

Just to first comment on John's comment about the last line of this story. The real ending is nowhere as good as "I'll have to sleep on it" would have been. Maybe Eric thought it is a little too bit cliche? I think it would have been great to hear Keane say those words. I found this story a bit sad. There are few things more heartbreaking to see than a marriage gone bad, especially one that has years behind it. Running off with a young woman after so many years of love saddens me. People should really think before they act. Anyway, I love stories about people who can't sleep so I was all in right from the beginning. I guess Eric's writing was good because I felt the desperation and cared for the main character. I was rooting for her to come to a resolution because it seemed that she had a son that cared for her and a neighbor who was understanding. I could never relate to a person that has trouble sleeping because when my head hits the pillow, I'm out like a light. That's why I thought the acting and writing was top notch in this story. If a story can take a topic I don't understand and make me care for the character, it more than did the job. I give this story 4 stars. Now, I'm going to sleep!

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