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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Dark Closet
Plot:
A young girl who is a severely claustrophobic insomniac is locked up as the primary suspect in a robbery. When her father disinherits her, a government psychologist grows interested in her case.
Episode:
0237
Air Dates:
First Run - March 12, 1975
Repeat - June 3, 1975
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3 Responses to Episode 0237


A young girls with an overly protective father takes her first timid steps at rebellion. She goes out with a local hoodlum and winds up custody after he holds up a liquor store and gets shot. Her father, livid with her behaviour believes that leaving her in prison will teach her a lesson. The psychiatrist looking after her learns that she is terribly claustrophobic and the show explores the source of this fear, and the family dynamics that led to it.

I'm such a fan of Fred Gwynne. I'm always looking for more work that included him and I am glad he was featured in several CBSMT episdodes. This is more of a psychological thriller. Gwynne plays the angry father very well. Good episode.

A bit dated in the way that the epilogue of Psycho is dated (psychology has changed pretty dramatically in the intervening decades), this still feels like a daring episode that takes a surprisingly sensitive approach to dealing with people's emotional traumas at a time when there was still great social stigma even in the notion of counseling. The performances are generally excellent (though CBSRMT's "hoods" always seem to sound like Dead End Kids), which is especially fortunate in an episode that centers so much on the process of getting people to look at themselves through another person's eyes.

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