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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
A Tiny Drop of Poison
Plot:
A charming politician hides her dark part as a hippie radical and a murderer. But her game seems up as her husband is allocated the responsibility of cracking the case.
Episode:
0089
Air Dates:
First Run - May 9, 1974
Repeat - July 30, 1974
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10 Responses to Episode 0089


Fairly good political story

While not one of the most sensational stories, it is a good moral story with a believable ending. Some of the more extreme stories start out with a great premise and they either run out of time of ideas on how to end it so they tack on a quick ending.

You are under no legal obligation to incriminate yourself. Not in a court of law, not in an interrogation room. She killed the man in self-defense--which is not a crime--and if talking to the police would incriminate her--and it always does--she is under no obligation to do so. Of course, she was acquitted. If her election took place in modern times, killing her attacker would win her a lot of votes in certain constituencies. This being said, if I were forced to kill an attacker, I'd be a basket case, and I can certainly understand it haunting her. Morality play; no supernatural elements.

Be aware, there are at least two skips in the recording which cut out half a minute or so (from what I can tell); the story is by no means unintelligible, though. Tacked-on ending left me feeling cheated - especially after the several definitions of morality they had taken such pains to set up - but still worth a listen. The really fun part of this recording, though, is that after the CBSRMT programme ends, we get ten minutes of news on the Watergate scandal. Definitely worth a listen for history and radio buffs!

A woman with principles is engaged in a political campaign when events from her past threaten her congressional future. Her husband, ironically, is the detective who is charged with solving a crime she committed.

A former hippie radical -- now a respected politician -- sufferes guilt for a murder she committed 5 years prior. Her husband -- a detective -- has been assigned the cold case. Grimes is superb in this intriguing story with tremendously strong characters. Highly recommended.

A vibrant woman is sought out to run for Congress by her community. During her campaign, her detective husband is assigned a 5 year old murder case that has never been solved. It coincides with the year her election handlers cannot find any information on her. Another morality play where an individual is confronted with the right thing to do, but doing so will come with dire consequences.

A politician's past suddenly catches up with her when her husband is assigned to investigate a five-year old murder. With E.G. Marshall, Tammy Grimes, Paul Hecht, Robert Dryden, and Earl Hammond.

I did think that the incumbant who knew he was going to lose his office, was way too jolly. I don't think American history has any such example of a US Senator laughing like Santa, because of the realization that he's doomed to lose an election. Compromise is integral to the democratic process . . . elsewise we'd have 435 Representatives and 100 senators never agreeing to pass any legislation . . . ever! Still there is that "drop of poison"; that gray line between necessary compromise and selling out completely. HL Mencken said he enjoyed democracy so much because it was the most entertaining form of government; the greatest show on earth, I think he said.

This episode was one of the biggest let downs in the history of Mystery Theater. I mean, it was just plain weak. The first 2/3 of this episode was stellar--completely original. Mystery Theater had never done a political themed episode to this point in 1974. Also, the murderer was identified at the beginning of the episode--another original concept to Mystery Theater. The story swelled and then in the 3rd act basically went no where More specifically, it just ended weakly. I would give it 5 stars for the first 2 acts and 1 star for the final act averaging out to 3 stars overall. On another note, you must listen to the news at the very end of this episode detailing the Watergate investigation. Great stuff from 1974.

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