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Title:
You Only Die Once
Plot:
After being widowed, Marge Miller found love in the arms of her new husband. Her peaceful life is threatened when her ex comes back from the dead demanding his share of the insurance money she received for his death.
Episode:
0130
Air Dates:
First Run - August 8, 1974
Repeat - October 8, 1974
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9 Responses to Episode 0130


Great episode! I'm so glad I found this site.

Wow, this one was terrific! The dramatic voice of Marge really conveyed her stress! All of the seemingly inconsequential details fell right into place at the conclusion. One could see how Billy might have inherited his willful, tempestuous streak, hey? The only detail that was a bit distracting was the use of an adult to portray a young boy. I think a real kid would have been a better choice.

A woman is blackmailed by her former husband - a man she thought had been dead for eight years.

A husband declared dead after being lost in a diving accident turns up alive years later after his wife collected the insurance money and married a banker who is also a prominent politician seeking election as mayor. The missing man blackmails her into giving him money in exchange for his silence and getting out of her life. Turns out he was diving for stolen money that was ditched after a botched robbery attempt. He found it, blew it all, and now needs more. The woman must make some serious decisions. One downfall of most episodes with kids is that the writers and actors never quite captured authentic child’s dialogue, and adult actors can never recreate children in an authentic way – apart from The Simpsons.

Very predictable ending. I will add that "legally dead" is only a "presumption." If you're not really dead, any subsequent "remarriage" by the spouse is nullified when you reappear. Crime drama; no supernatural elements.

I didn't like this one much. the two lead actors overacted the roles to the point of annoyance.

This was a solid episode. If a spouse comes back from the dead, and they have been legally pronounced dead, if you were to shoot them, would there be any charges? Lou should have been disposed of the second he posed a threat to the family. Reminded me of that Ashley Judd movie "Double Jeopardy." The acting was just so-so and the voice of little Billy was horrible. Never-the-less, not a bad listen. 4 stars.

Holy cow, what a great episode. Great writing and the story moved well. The actors were fine, just enough emotion. Very cleaver!!!

Wow, talk about candidate for absolute Worst husband and father ever. Within 2 minutes going back and forth from threatening to cap his family, to planning for a fun weekend, to back to threatening the family. Tick tock, . . . when will comeuppance time come?

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