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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Tony's Market
Plot:
The evidence in a convenience store shooting is pieced together by looking into the chain of events in the lives of the killer and his victims before they ended up at the crime scene.
Episode:
1380
Air Dates:
First Run - October 11, 1982
Repeat - December 23, 1982
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5 Responses to Episode 1380


Weird, but this morning's news about the horrific tragedy last night in Aurora, CO (and I'm anti-criminal, not anti-2nd Amendment) made me recall one of the last (1982), not one of the best yet one of the RMT episodes which most disturbed me: "Tony's market"...even though that show centered around a convenience store and an armed robbery gone terribly wrong rather than a mass shooting.

A word of caution: do NOT listen to this if you're in a down mood. This episode opens up reminiscent of the one called "Out of focus", with someone dying of a gunshot wound. However, THIS one involves four people in the beginning...3 people killed in a convenience store ("Tony's market") massacre, then the gunman getting killed in a shoot out with the police. This RMT play basically tells us all how the three victims ended up in the same place to die, and why the gunman killed them and himself, the latter in what some nickname "death by cop". Ms. Grimes also tells us this episode could have been entitled: "Strawberry ice cream", or "My mother never loved me", or "Spanish cigarettes" or "MacBeth"...each of the victims had, more or less, something to look forward to. This is worth a listen if: 1. You want to hear Arnold Moss play a policeman, or; 2. (More importantly) You need to be reminded how fleeting life on this earth is.

This is one of my favorites. All the sub plots are interesting. The actors use their voices brilliantly in this one!

Great one. One of my favorite ones. Not uplifting but very well done. All players are at their peak. Worth the listening time.

This one should not be missed by fans of this series. It paints a compelling psychological portrait of the disturbed protagonist and a vivid picture of the scenery. I remember hearing this as a kid and picturing what the market might have looked like: a corner store on a city street with grates on the windows to protect from theft. Decades later, I got the same visual picture. Well written and masterfully acted. I'd rank this as one of the best.

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