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Title:
Answer Me
Plot:
Distraught over the death of his wife, a failed author leaves his life behind him and sets out to lose himself in the heat and barrenness of Mexico. Along the way, he comes across a mother and daughter living in a commune and their strange bond inspires him to write again.

Episode:
0611
Air Dates:
First Run - March 4, 1977
Repeat - July 6, 1977
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6 Responses to Episode 0611


Elspeth Eric's stories so often deal with feelings of depression, loss, and redemption. I really would have liked to meet her and have lunch. But alas she died in 1993.

A failed author, distraught over the death of his wife, chucks it all and heads for Mexico. On the way, he hooks up with a mother and daugther who live in a commune. They share a strange bond that he finds fascinating.

I find Eric's writing to be melodramatic & heavy handed. this one was creepy - but not in a ghostly way. a strange man stays over night with a woman and her young daughter & behaves inappropriately towards both. maybe this was ok in the 1970s, but I listened to this story the same week that police discovered that a cleveland man held three young women captive for 10 years - the guy in this story just seemed predatory to me.

Another uncanny love triangle between a stranger and a mother and daughter with psychic connection, much like her other RMT story, the Red Frisbee. Strange, eerie, and haunting, I lived this little story of one mans personal redemption

I don't think the guy was predatory at all. He needed a human connection and would have reacted to the slightest warmth. He said he was "dead". This was a rebirth for him. Perhaps he over reacted but under the circumstances I understand him. I like the way the music set the mood too.

I agree with Bob that Larry Haines's character wasn't predatory at all. He was very respectful toward both women, and gave off a very innocent but needy vibe to me. His wanting to kiss the daughter came off as, perhaps inappropriate, given their age differences, but in no way "smarmy" or vulgar. He so needed communion with another is all. And he talked to the girl's mother about it, thereby underlining the innocence of his approach, the lack of any sort of power-tripping or sexual dirtiness in his mind. And when talking about it to the mother, he clearly distinguished the way he tried to kiss the daughter from the way he wanted to kiss the mother. Me, I found this episode interesting, but then I'm a fan of Elpeth Eric and entertainment that goes to psychology (people are just so fascinating!). And Larry Haines is such a good actor, always good at portraying the kind of man that just busts your heart up into pieces. What a great voice he has -- sigh! I'm with GeofBrit who commented: I'd love to have been able to have lunch with Elspeth, too. And since GeofBrit thinks the same thing, I think I'd like to have lunch with him! LOL

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