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A vigilante lawyer takes the matters into his own hands and locks up murder suspects in his mansion. But he goes too far when he imprisons an innocent man.



Air Dates

  • First Run - February 27, 1975
  • Repeat - May 18, 1975





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12 Responses to Episode 0230

Noticed the similar scene to "Silence of the Lambs"? I read the book "Silence of the Lambs" on a train from Oslo to Nuremberg, Germany and I thought it was ok. The Movie did not do it for me and I must be one of the few. The only thing I really liked about the movie which they got right was the amazon daughter of the senator / congresswoman. She was perfect. When she was listening to American Girl by Tom Petty that was a great scene. The book really got inside of her mind. To me her mind was far more interesting than Lecter's.


That must have been quite the estate to house a prison section in addition to the regular living section. Makes you wonder what their grandfather was like.


Dopey, weak episode with even dopier commentary for Marshall. No five minutes of it hold up particularly well.


One of my favorite episodes. Can make a person think about what can happen if someone doesn't agree with the justice system.


This episode started out seriously as the unmistakable voice of Alan Hewitt as a court spectator who disagrees with the verdict of not guilty and takes the law into his own hands by kidnapping the accursed and privately locking them up for life. But then the episode turns unintentionally into hilarious dialog and unbelievable plot lines that would make the cast of Saturday Night Live look like Shakespearean actors. The investigating cop was against a brick wall because there were no witnesses to the father's disappearance. Somebody had to have seen something he ponders. What about the 12-year-old son? No he was at school. Why don't we ask him? Turns out the boy came home early and did see his father kidnapped in a black limo. Can only describe the driver's uniform. (I guess I most have dosed off for a few minutes), because the next thing I know the boy ( who sounds like a girl) has disguised himself as the antagonist's wife, borrowed a dog named Chin Chin, and sneaked in to the prison in the guise of walking the dog, found his father and then finds the keys and rescues everybody, all the while hamming it up with hilarious dialog about how wonderful the dog Chin Chin is. Totally cornballish.


Is every little dog named Chin Chin? Teri Keane’s dog in another episode was Chin Chin.


Soon after Charles Schiller is acquitted by a jury on a manslaughter charge, he is invited to visit the mansion of Matthew Caine, a deranged ex-judge and lawyer. Caine believes he is better qualified to judge a person guilty or innocent, and has judged Schiller guilty and locks him up in a cell in his mansion for life. The police are very interested -- Schiller is the fourth man recently acquitted of manslaughter or murder to disappear.


Oh!!! I really liked this one. I remember liking Augusta Dabney's performance, in particular.


It was just a so-so episode for me. No real suspense with nothing particular standing out to me. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give it a 2.


Ridiculous, overdone melodrama. And wtitten so oddly. The wife celebrates his aquittal with a delicious breakfast of toast and boiled eggs, the son/daughter is a total cliche, and it is always stormy over the jail. A real B movie of an episode.

Commodore's watch

Not the best story, and all the children in Mystery Theater grate on my nerves. But I enjoyed Alan Hewitt, as always. What a voice! And I liked the heavy-handed nod to our trial-by-jury system. Worth remembering every now and then, despite it’s imperfections.


Creepy, abusive, old, fat, rich guy takes justice into his own hands. His browbeaten sister takes a don't ask don't tell approach. What's an innocent man to do? Listen and find out. Good sound quality.


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