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The Red Frisbee
While playing Frisbee with his dog on an Antilles beach, Ben comes across a young girl with an unusual gift. He becomes more entranced by Nikki's strange talent as she narrates her brother's tragic tale. Their bond deepens and he finds himself drawn to her, and the insights she learns from the red Frisbee.
Air Dates:
First Run - January 16, 1976
Repeat - June 11, 1976
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11 Responses to Episode 0417

Another great story from Elspeth Eric. Very touching. Also "Sand Castle", "Help Somebody", & "Answer Me" all have the same feel to them.

A man on holiday by the beach exercises his dog by tossing a red Frisbee for it to catch. A young girl comes across him and the two become friends. The girl is friendly and open and invites him around to meet her mother, a set-up, so to speak. The mother is gracious enough and reveals to him that they have suffered a great loss, her son was drowned when the tide came in and swept him out to sea. His sister tried to save him, but could not. There are some references to some kind of extraordinary ability the girl has but not much is ever made of it.

Love this one! Perhaps my favorite! An interesting and enigmatic little story about a mysterious love on a tropical island with an open ending that makes you want to know more!

We used to listen to Mystery Theater in the back seat of my parents car all the way home from my grandparents farm every weekend. Even though I was exhausted I would stay awake to listen. If we got home before it was over we'd stay in the car in our driveway until it was over. If we didn't I would have nightmares! LOL! Happy memories from childhood.

A pretty good tale from Elspeth Eric. I really couldn't call it a love story myself, but others might do so. It seemed to me to be more of a cathartic tale for the women involved than anything else.

Sorry Elspeth Eric, but the statement in the story that a mother's love for a son is the closest thing to pure love that a woman experiences is pure mallarky. Otherwise a sweet story. Jada Rowland's is one of my favorite CBSRMT voices.

Love this episode....definitely in my top ten!!!

One of my favorites. Lots of levels to this storyline. Just listened to Sand Castle & noticed similar points in the storyline.

This episode has some of my favorite actors in it. The storyline is great....maybe a touch anti-climactic, but still really great. I love the characters....the dog is fun. The whole episode paints a 'fun summer on the water, first romance' picture in my mind. I truly love this episode.

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. If there's 1 word to describe Elspeth Eric's writing for this Drama-Mystery, it would be "Compelling!" There were 4 types of Love in this tale: Friendship Love, Family Love, Self-Love, and Romantic Love. There was compassion, companionship, affection, and a lot of mystique in every scene; like it was an episode of a soap opera series. The dialogue at the 32-minute mark was definitely an eye-opener for me. Another way to Title this would be "Wild Talent" or "The Great House" or "The Tide Turned" because those phrases were used repeatedly in this CBSRMT episode. The sound effects of the seagulls, the labrador retriever barking, the ocean waves on an Antilles beach, doors being knocked/tapped in the great house, and tea cups clinking were perfect to hear. And so was the music. Peaceful melodies in ACT-1, sympathetic tunes in ACT-2, and mystique tracks in ACT-3 were delightful to hear to make this story a classic mystery. In his Prologue, E.G. Marshall brings up the topic of Modern; in which it wouldn't have existed without magic and superstition from the past. In ACT-1, he draws us into the story where it's on Antilles beach in the Caribbean island. He draws us again that all talent is wild. In ACT-2, after explaining what happened in the previous act, he questions us CBSRMT fans if we ever been to a perfect house where someone who lived there was unhappy? (It's like saying have you met someone who's going through hellish times while living in paradise) In ACT-3, he asks the fans again, "Does a wild talent live in each of us?" Of course, yes. We use what talent we posses in order to be successful. But more importantly, in his Epilogue, he mentions 19th Century novelist/poet/playwright Gertrude Stein who asked, “What is the answer?” she asked, and when no answer came she said: “Then, what is the question?” (I wonder is Elspeth Eric was a fan of hers) And finally, our captivating cast: Robert Dryden (as Benedict), Jada Rowland (as Nikki), and Teri Keane (as Monica). SPECIAL NOTE: if you have the CBSRMT Episode Guide Book, you will notice a typo in the book where it says Mandel Kramer playing the role of Benedict. Jada Rowland is my #1 favorite actress of CBSRMT and this is one of her best parts. Robert Dryden & Teri Keane's acting was mesmerizing to me, especially when they converse when it was dead silent in their scenes. Not only do I highly recommend this story to everyone, I also highly recommend to check out #1288-THE SAND CASTLE; another Drama-Mystery that also takes place on the beach, also starring Jada Rowland, and also written by Elspeth Eric. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D

The older man or widower meeting up with a young girl is a repeated theme in many of these, sometimes the girl seems a little too young or naive such as in Answer Me. So sometimes I find these particular stories somewhat disturbing.

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