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Half a Life
What do you get when you mix bar, a handsome stranger, and a lonely middle-aged woman? True love? Or is it just another recipe for disaster?
Air Dates:
First Run - February 27, 1976
Repeat - July 18, 1976
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10 Responses to Episode 0439

A middle aged female professor is frustrated at her inability to hook a man. She and her roommate spend girls' nights out with other spinsters but one night the two go off to a bar and she is 'picked-up' by a charming and attractive man. The relationship develops to the point where she will do virtually anything for him. It becomes apparent that he is interested in more than just her money… she is privy to state secrets that he also wants!

Nice commentary on co-depency here, with an appropriate conclusion. Tony Roberts tends to play in the better stories, and this is no exception. Future host Tammy Grimes is good here too. Great news section preceding the recording I heard - Nixon visits China post-pardon, George Bush Sr. appointed CIA head and a presidential wanna be with the last name of Jackson states that "one day a woman will be in the Supreme Court". Times do change!

another great CBS show! This could be a lifetime movie

This is a good story. Easy to listen to. Decent plot. One of the better episodes.

As with so many of the CBSRMT episodes, this one imitates life very well. I particularly enjoyed the female voices.

Great episode. The voice acting was exceptional, especially from Tammy Grimes.

A pretty good drama with a happy ending (at least in my mind). I do agree with Gina that it could be a Lifetime movie (and perhaps already has been).

I'm sure this has been a Lifetime movie, many times over. Their specialty is Women As Victims. I don't see how looking like a young Spencer Tracy makes this guy attractive. Ol' Spence was not handsome, just a good actor. Co-dependency is a scary thing. Despite the annoying voice, Tammy Grimes is strong here. Tony Roberts is basically always good, and is in many of the best episodes here.

An episode that demonstrates how sexist the 1970s were. the women in this show mope around b/c they aren't married - mistakening believing that a meaningful life can only be created in connection with another person. Instead of confronting this misconception head on, one falls pray to a scam artist - who, quite perceptively says "you don't love me, you love the idea of me."

Even the "happy" ending in this one is kind of depressing.

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