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Title:
Two Plus Two Equals Death
Plot:
A young architect is pulled into the maddening rush of the circus when he falls for an enchanting dancer. His troubles begin when he learns his lover has an equally beautiful but heartless identical twin sister. Can he have one without the other?
Episode:
0478
Air Dates:
First Run - April 29, 1976
Repeat - September 1, 1976
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A young architect inherits a circus and soon falls in love with a performer. She has an evil twin who haunts him.

"Darling, let's stop this pretending... what more is there to say... here's to your eyes and my final demise... oh, Simone, it's you..." from the song "Simone", sung by Boz Scaggs circa 1980 E.G. Marshall asks in his own inimitable way "What is reality"? Adequate enough question for this episode, which takes place as he calls it "in a third rate circus" in Europe 100 years ago. Peter is an architect who (along with his mother) was deserted by his circus performer father years ago...as a young boy he trained for a performer's job there. He's arriving just as graveside services for his father are concluding. The younger man seems ill at ease with the circus and seems to want to collect some money his father promised him. The ringmaster/manager of the circus (well played by an accented Robert Dryden) says the money's there in a few days. (Is it?) But he needs an ending act in the father's place to keep the show going. So Peter the architect becomes (for an intended limited time) "Peter the mechanical man"...the first "two" in this title. He finds himself falling in love with a ballerina named "Francesca" who is warm and kind to him, and assists him in his act. At times, though, he'll see her and attempting to be cordial, is coldly rebuffed. He learns the "cold one" is "Simone", Francesca's twin sister who's also one of the circus ballerinas. (Hey, Pete, you should have gotten a clue when you never saw the two of them together, but, then, we wouldn't have had as much of a story.) Then again, E.G. talks in one of his interludes of how Francesca and Simone's mother used to get different answers from them while playing as little girls, so what is reality, anyway? The sisters are the second "two" in the equation. Again, interesting episode...I'm just not much into carnivals and circuses and the like... :?

A young architect attends the funeral of his estranged father who had spent his life as a circus side show. The young man, having lived out his youth in the circus is anxious to take his inheritance and return home to set up practice. The ring master though asks him to take his father's place for a few months while draws out his father's investment through box office receipts. He is paired with the beautiful assistant his father had and occasionally runs into her identical, but evil twin.

Excellent review, Gregory!  You provide a great service with your reviews! Great detail! WTG! Thanks! You make it easy to find something new to listen to!

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