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The Solid Gold Zarf
A man is devastated when his years of loyalty toward his company are rewarded with an unexplained termination. When his wife must take on a job to make ends meet, his morale takes a further beating.
Air Dates:
First Run - October 5, 1981
Repeat - December 16, 1981
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4 Responses to Episode 1248

Compelling episode - and is it just me or does Frances sound like Betty White here?

A long standing and devoted employee of a company is unexpectedly fired from his position. He is baffled and seeks answers, most specifically: why, why was I fired? He climbs the ladder of authority but can find no one who knows why he was released, and the cogs in this industrial wheel turn inexorably slowly and unwaveringly. But as persistent as those wheels, so is the desire of this man to find out who fired him, and why.

The dictionary.com definition of the word "zarf". Larry Haines, who so frequently sounded like an ordinary working-class guy from Brooklyn who was on the verge of a nervous breakdown (some of ya'll have reviewed an RMT play called "The Bullet" where he turned in a moving performance) plays James Madison Wilson, a worker at a large company which makes a huge variety of products. One day he receives notice that he's been terminated. It devastates him as he's given his life in faithful, honest service to his company. He embarks on a quest to go to the highest levels in his company to find out precisely why he was fired. In the meantime, his wife, who's been a stay at home Mom, finds work at what's either a bar or "gentlemen's club" of some sort and is promoted to management. (This hurts Mr. Wilson even more.) He's haunted by (apparently not supernatural) dreams of those he's tried to ask about his termination status within the company, but he won't stop until he can talk to the CEO...

I Like the writing of this one by Sam Dan. Made me laugh on several occasions.. Larry Haines is also good in another well written episode by Elspeth Eric - The Black Room

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