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Accounts Receivable


Burdened with the responsibility of his sick father who has been recently released from jail, a son must also struggle to find $15,000 and buy out his business associate in order to keep his business afloat



Air Dates

  • First Run - January 16, 1974
  • Repeat - March 9, 1974





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12 Responses to Episode 0011

Not a satisfying ending, in that some critical threads are unresolved...however, it's not supposed to be that kind of story. Morality play, no supernatural elements.


Phil is needing money for his gas station business takes in his sick father who was recently released from prison. Phil soon develops a sharp temper and a penchant for punching people in the face. He is convinced he can squeeze the money out of his pop whom he calls Frank. Pretty good episode with a sad ending, poor Phil, poor Frank.


I disagree with Andy that the ending here is unsatisfying. While it's true that some plot elements remain unresolved, they aren't critical to the resolution. This episode is a fine morality play, with a good lesson about money's corrupting power and an unexpected ending. No supernatural elements.


An emotionally harsh drama. A lesson is learned in the bitter end.

E.A. Abergos

A son brings his ailing, paroled father home from the hospital. Meanwhile, he must find $15000 to buy out his business partner or lose his business.

Dianne F.

Kind of sappy, but well acted.

Florence Grace

No supernatural, no unexplained phenomenon, no psychological terror... just a story of the relationship between a father and son. This is a beautiful episode. A man is called to take his elderly ailing father home from prison on a compassionate parole from his robbery sentence. His son is an honest and hard-working down-to-earth individual who despises his father for his crimes and his absence in his own youth. Reluctantly he takes him in. The son's business partner is pressuring him to buy him out and the bank is hesitant to lend him the entire sum. The son, desperate for cash, demands from his father the money he is said to have received from the robbery, but denies he ever had. Well developed characters. It sounded like the little grandson was actually played by a child actor, which was wonderful. I recall other episodes (The Hands of Mrs. Mallory) where the role of children are quite obviously played by adults, and quite unconvincingly.


This is really more a family drama than a mystery, but it's effective nonetheless. Really well written and acted.


This is a sweet story that was personal to me. I had a friend who wanted nothing to do with her mother while she was dying in a nursing home. She explained that she cound not have cared less; and she meant it. Therefore, the responsibility fell to me. I was so pleased to send the septuagenarian candy, chocolate Easter bunnies, post cards, dollar bills for the vending machine, etc. It is a pleasant story, with a brilliant performance by Ralph Carter. He did a fantastic job.


I agree that the end was bittersweet and that it was a good episode. The father was able to finally give his son something after all the years of not being there for him.


Timeline doesn't seem quite right to me. Rick was in jail for 10 years. Phil has a son that seems to be around 10 years old so how could Phil have been 'denied' his childhood and not have had his father around because dad was in jail or have I misunderstood something here? Not a favorite episode and nothing mystery-related about it.


Ralph Carter played the kid. He was a youngster at the time, so that's why his acting was genuine. I like the story. Mysterious, no. But, who really knew what the end would be? Perhaps, THAT WAS THE MYSTERY!!! You wonder if Phil will go bad, you wonder if the Grandfather really has money stashed somewhere, and IF Phil would take it, Who the Old Buddy was and what He wanted. It's suspenseful. Throw in the Insurance Agent who is offering reward for the stolen money...You don't know who or what to watch forπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” It doesn't have to be macabre. But, it does make us wonder. As for Phil missing his dad, his father probably was a lifetime criminal. Gone all the time for one crime or another. Now, the son SEEMS to be leaning toward the family tree of crime.

Trina Bailey

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