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Title:
The Man Who Heard Voices
Plot:
Can euthanasia ever be completely willed by the sufferer? A well-respected lawyer's life is disrupted by the voice of his wife whom he had killed in mercy and threatens the affair he had started after his wife took sick
Episode:
0024
Air Dates:
First Run - January 29, 1974
Repeat - April 5, 1974
Repeat - January 6, 1979
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6 Responses to Episode 0024


This episode has an alternate interpretation. He didn't necessarily kill his wife by "laissez faire." He had been waking up every two hours for a long time to give his wife a pill. It's very possible that one night he was so tired that he didn't wake up. The fact that he heard the alarm in his sleep and was aware on some level of what was going on does not prove that he was awake and killed his wife via conscious action. This kind of arrangement for medication is a recipe for failure anyway. Anyway, the voices he heard could have been a manifestation of his guilt and not an actual superhuman ability. I couldn't hate the guy. Morality play; superhuman abilities.

Andy -- your alternate interpretation doesn't seem likely given the protagonist's later comments in voice-over, but it is a possibility. That's not what caught my attention in this episode, though. What did is the implausibility of the mystery ailment, and its onset, severity, and treatment. The story is compelling enough anyway, and I didn't see the ending coming, though perhaps I should have. Clairvoyance and clairaudience feature in a love story that raises questions about the nature of mercy.

I have heard this program. I guess it wouldn't have worked if 1.) he gave his wife an alarm clock set every two hours or 2.) put her in a home. But that is why these shows are fantasy and not reality.

Well-acted, but totally ridiculous story of an attorney on the rise whose wife, during a tennis game, wrenches her back and develops an ailment that requires a pill every two hours, or she will die. It is never explained how a back ailment can kill you, so you just keep listening. Anyway, the attorney not only feels like his career is being held back by having to get up at night every two hours to feed her a "magic" pill, he falls in love with his boss's daughter. Meanwhile, he keeps hearing voices from scenes in his life that are to come, and they're telling him that his future will be much more pleasurable without his wife, and she will be at rest. This thing will have you rolling your eyes, especially the ending, which takes a ridiculous premise and makes it a double ridiculous premise. Sam Dann was one weird writer.

Well-acted, but totally ridiculous story of an attorney on the rise whose wife, during a tennis game, wrenches her back and develops an ailment that requires a pill every two hours, or she will die. It is never explained how a back ailment can kill you, so you just keep listening. Anyway, the attorney not only feels like his career is being held back by having to get up at night every two hours to feed her a "magic" pill, he falls in love with his boss's daughter. Meanwhile, he keeps hearing voices from scenes in his life that are to come, and they're telling him that his future will be much more pleasurable without his wife, and she will be at rest. This thing will have you rolling your eyes, especially the ending, which takes a ridiculous premise and makes it a double ridiculous premise. Sam Dann was one weird writer.

I thought it strange that not only did both of them get the same mysterious ailment, but that for some reason his wife (and apparently him in the future) couldn't move enough to take their own medicine. If he could afford someone to take care of her all day, why not a night nurse, too? Otherwise, a home might've been better for her anyway.

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