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Title:
Murder with Malice
Plot:
An attempted patricide by the son who tries to hypnotize his sister to carry out the actual deed.
Episode:
0086
Air Dates:
First Run - May 6, 1974
Repeat - July 24, 1974
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6 Responses to Episode 0086


It turns out Dad was completely wrong that his son was in no physical danger from the mob. Completely. Geez, I'd hate him, too, if he were my Dad. Daughter doesn't kill Dad. Son doesn't kill Dad. Mob kills son. Mob gets away with it! Son was a jerk, but he didn't deserve that! Crime drama; no supernatural elements, but fictionalized version of hypnosis.

A gambling addict needs money fast to pay off his bad debts. His cruel father controls all his inheritance since his mother’s death in a car accident (the car was driven by his father who was drunk at the time and the son blames him for her death), and refuses to give him a penny. His twin sister is experimenting with hypnosis with her boyfriend which gives the gambler an idea for how to exact revenge on his father, and claim the money he feels is his.

One thing the story leaves out and which is driving me nuts; he had an inheritance left by his mother which upon Dads death could have been given him by his sister even though it specified he was not to receive it till he reached a certain age. I realize that would have ended the story then and there so I forgive the lack of continuity for the more artistic finish.

Not a writer I am, good point. These episodes are so time sensitive--maybe that's why they left this one illogically open to interpretation. Either way, this was a fantastic episode that I thoroughly enjoyed. 5 stars.

I don't think it was fair for what happened to Mark Prentiss (played by Ira Lewis) at the very end. No one deserves that kind of punishment where someone has to "sleep with the fishes" (SPOILER ALERT). I liked this episode because it's a cautionary tale to us fans. It tells us that we shouldn't expect family and/or friends to helps us every time we get into trouble because we'll be setting ourselves for disappointment; we must take responsibility for our actions. ark should have exercised more common sense, but his father acted as if he didn't care about the fact that his son was receiving death threats. His old man was a total jackass...LOL!!!!

Not a bad episode, but if the daughter had already received her inheritance is there any reason why the son never asked his twin sister for money rather than his father? It made sense for the daughter and her boyfriend not to give him any money at the end as he would've gotten into the same position again due to his personality. However, before the father died he could've given the son money and said "no more" to him, but perhaps he had already done so (although it was never said nor implied).

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