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Fallen Angel
A manic-depressive artist is blessed with an angelic muse that inspires him to greatness. However, he falls into alcoholism in the wake of her absence. When he gets into a fight during one of his episodes, he is confined in a sanatorium and unwittingly discovers that his angel has been replaced by another.
Air Dates:
First Run - June 9, 1975
Repeat - October 5, 1975
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6 Responses to Episode 0288

A writer believes his muse is an angel sent to him directly from God to bless him with talent. when his angel leaves him from time to time, he is prone to binge drinking. During a binge, he gets in a fight and is confined to a mental hospital. While there, he learns that his angel has been replaced.

A successful writer turns to the bottle when his muse, or angel, leaves him. His regular bartender looks after him, and his adoring wife panders to his 'genius' and eccentricities. During this particular writing block, he assaults a man and is committed to a sanitarium. Will he find his muse again?

Sort of an odd story. EG says up front "I'm going to ask a question for which I know there will be no answer," and that sets the tone. Man loses muse, drinks, gets in a fight, gets committed to an asylum, etc. I was shocked at the entry of the word "homosexual" into the CBSRMT lexicon. Jack Grimes plays a character who gets into a fight with the protagonist and who later casually lets drop that he's a homosexual, but that he wasn't coming on to the protagonist, he just wanted to meet him because he admired his writing and wanted to pick up a few tips. Later, after talking to the protagonist, Grimes' character asks him, when he meets "someone like me", to not be afraid. "What's to be afraid of?" the writer wonders. This was 1975. Stonewall was only six years prior, and the first gay Americans had been elected to public office just the year before. To have a gay character show up, appropos of nothing in the story, and give a little tolerance lesson, on a major broadcast network, was pretty surprising, at least to me.

And I abused alcohol for 25 years when I finally quit.

I was born June 3 1975 and this aired the next day. The strange part is that the protagonist of this story is so similar to me. I am currently seeing a psychiatrist for bipolar disorder. When I am manic I feel like a genius and have "revelations". I habe been a writer ever since I was a child and today I started my first attempt at writing a short story. Weird🐝©...

This was an okay listen and reminded me of what I read about Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy as probably his best known work). I won't go into detail about him, but for this story I thought it interesting at the end how the doctor may have heard/glimpsed the muse as well. I thought the part about the guy explaining he was a homosexual didn't really do anything for the story and wasn't necessary. Perhaps for the time it was aired it may have had more meaning than now. Ironically when I went to leave a comment my pitiful muse left me as well and I stared at the screen for a while before I wrote this.

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