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Title

Fear

Plot

A loyal employee of a bank is accused of robbing another branch and is presented with a photo of the suspect who looks exactly like him, only taller! He is forced to accept the fact that he has an evil doppelganger; even as the police go over the evidence for more clues.

Episode

0381

Air Dates

  • First Run - November 19, 1975
  • Repeat - May 1, 1976

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Rating

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6 Responses to Episode 0381

A mousy little man overcome with fear over virtually everything works at a bank in order to hold himself accountable for everything. His professionalism at work is called into question when he seems to appear in a surveillance video holding up another branch during his lunch break. But did I miss the resolution? Was a good episode but the flat ending was very disappointing.

Jeff Glendale

SPOILER ALERT: 5' 1 1/2" Eddie Ellerby (Jack Grimes) robbed the riverside branch of the bank—with 3" lifts in his shoes. The ending just petered out: Mary Lou said Eddie didn't need to be Fred Astaire, and that she was better than Ginger Rogers—she was there. They shared a hearty chuckle. The End. E.G.'s moral of the story? "Stop acting like children. So, with fear in our hearts, let us be courageous."

Karen

Not too bad of a story until the end which wasn't a good resolution. Who really robbed the bank and where is the money? I guess we may never know...

Alec

Really good episode until the last five minutes. What the heck? *SPOILER ALERT* Who was the real culprit? Who was on the video footage? Who (or what) did Hilda see on the film? Way too many unanswered questions. I enjoyed the episode despite the poor ending, but it left a very unsatisfied taste in my mouth all the same.

Pamela

Everyone is right on this one: It falls apart at the end. Too bad, because it's a pretty good premise.

BF

Elspeth Eric's stories tend to involve psychological exploration. This one, about fear, was a drama partially played out inside the protagonist's mind. Notice how both the police and bank president's actions stop short of any consequence or action (no arrest or going to the police station for questioning despite the evidence; Eddie keeps his job despite being filmed robbing another branch). These robbery and hero fantasies are juxtaposed against his real interactions like attention from, and then dinner with, his pretty coworker. Eddie resorts to these daydreams in order to boost his confidence incrementally in response to his fear of inadequacy. As the romantic interest progresses, so do his mental exploits because he thinks he needs to be a "bigger" man than he actually is for fear of the relationship ending. As the story concludes, he realizes that he just needs to have the courage to be himself, a point that is reinforced by his new love interest. A great story if you listen to it in this context.

Gavin


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