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Title:
The Case of M.J.H.
Plot:
A professional swindler seduces a lonely unmarried woman who works as a psychiatrist's assistant. He persuades her to pilfer her employer's patient files in order to extort money from them.
Episode:
0138
Air Dates:
First Run - August 22, 1974
Repeat - October 20, 1974
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8 Responses to Episode 0138


A good episode.

A con man seduces a lonely spinster who works for a psychiatrist. He convinces her to steal her bosses files so that he can blackmail the patients.

During this episode I couldn't help but wonder what love the two main characters really could have shared. What woman would fall for such a man? I am a thief and I owe 8,000 bucks to who knows who. Sound attractive? I don't think so. I still found the story interesting enough to listen to even with the unbelievable premise. The ending more than made up for the rest of the story with a twist I didn't see coming. I thought I had this one figured out but I was wrong. Keep yourself listening to the end and you will enjoy.

A psychiatrists receptionist is single and lonely. She meets a man at a cafeteria and the two agree to meet again. We learn that the man is involved with a shady character and owes him a significant amount of money. He tells him that he will get it back for him because of a plan he has that involves the receptionist. Holy slow-moving episodeā€¦

There is a long history of fiction that presumes that anyone can seduce anyone for whatever nefarious purpose. "I need access to the doctor's files. No problem; I'll just seduce the receptionist." I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't heard it, but the twist ending was not only obvious, but unnecessary. Think about it; if the "twist" didn't exist, everybody's fate would still have been exactly the same! Thriller, no supernatural elements.

Not exactly sure why, but I thought this to be a fantastic episode. Let's face it, even a poised, educated receptionist could fall for a scoundrel like Jimmy. That is why we have the word "scoundrel" in our vernacular. 4 stars for the episode. After two years, this episode marks the last of the 1974 episodes that I've listened to. All 180. I chatted with a guy who listened to all 1,399 episodes in less than a year. Crazy! An old radio show such as Mystery Theater can still garner such interest almost 40 years after its inception...

A con man seduces a lonely lady and convinces her to steal her bosses files so that he can blackmail the patients.

I found it difficult to believe that even with the loneliness that he receptionist had that she would fall for the thief, especially after he confided what he did and how much he owed. I found it further difficult to believe that she would help him in his scheme, especially after being faithful to her employer for so long. It was an interesting twist that I didn't see coming so that was the highpoint of the episode for me.

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