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Title:
The Reluctant Killer
Plot:
A professional football player becomes disillusioned with the brutality of the game and leaves. But his wife and her mother accuse him of domestic violence and send him to prison. He comes back to avenge the injustice.
Episode:
0195
Air Dates:
First Run - January 2, 1975
Repeat - February 25, 1975
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5 Responses to Episode 0195


I liked the story. The only thing I couldn't figure out is why someone would be willing to kill someone over 8 months in jail. Who would risk life to pay back 2/3 of a year?

A college football star meets the woman he will marry while working at a gas station. His career is about to take off when he is drafted in the NFL and his wife and mother-in-law seem overly concerned about the money he will make. Like many other programs, this play has it's requisite betrayals.

When a pro football player tires of the violence of the game and quits, his wife and mother-in-law ruin him and send him to jail for spousal abuse. Now he's looking for revenge.

A truck driver tells his driving partner that he wants to get home so he can kill his wife. He then embarks on an explanation of why. As a young college football star, he was pumping gas to pay the bills. WHen a drop dead gorgeous woman pulls up in a Maserati ( can't help but think of Joe Walsh, "Life's Been Good") and steals his heart. She agrees to a date and eventually he meets her mother who approves their relationship based solely on his prospects as professional football player and wealthy sportsman. As the grind of professional sports weighs on him, stress in the relationship grows...

Nice story. I can't believe he wound up getting 1 year for battery in 1975. No prior record and a first time offender. It was so hard to convict any offenders back then. The laws were so different, especially for first offenders. Think of all the serial killers back in the 60s/70s. Many of them had priors before they were caught. Heck, some judges/prosecutors would still ask the question of a rape victim, if they enjoyed what happened to them. (Or similar question) It’s hard to believe that conviction, especially since the football player was also a "celebrity." Ah well, I actually enjoyed the outcome. There was brilliant acting all around and the actors were well-placed.

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