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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Many Names of Death
Plot:
A trust officer in a bank hires a sexy secretary. She charms him to take a few rash steps and walk the wilder side of things. The ride may turn out more bumpy for him than he expected.
Episode:
0196
Air Dates:
First Run - January 5, 1975
Repeat - March 1, 1975
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4 Responses to Episode 0196


Why Gerald falls for Elaine is beyond me. Obvious her elevator doesn't go to the top floor from the start. Maybe by Act Three all will be explained but I doubt it...

Gerald (strong leader of men), hires a new secretary who flatters him. Soon, he enters an adulterous relationship with her and begins to take chances he wouldn't normally take. He sees his old personality in the mirror as things begin to fall apart.

A busy executive is in need of a new secretary and one appears who quite quickly and forcefully imposes herself into his office, and his life. She advises him on his appointments, his work, and his life. She suggests ways he can make himself look younger, be more forceful, and more successful by changing his appearance and his attitude. He is not one to be easily swayed and holds on to his character with vigour. Eventually, she wears him down and as he begins the metamorphosis, his old self cries out from the mirror to stop, not to kill his old self, to rid himself of this new influence.

A stodgy trust manager faces a mid-life crisis when his new secretary introduces him to her belief in the power of names, and his life spirals out of control. What could have been a thoughtful look at indecision, anxiety, and fear of aging takes a sharp left turn near the end of the third act and never really recovers. It quickly turns into a by-the-numbers morality play, and gives the impression of a smart script that was tampered with to suit the format by adding a few CBSRMT staples. While the tepid performances are appropriate for the protagonist and his wife, the young 'other woman' also underacts in a part that should've been much more eccentric. Disappointing.

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