Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 5 Episode 30


Aired Sunday 9:30 PM May 08, 1960 on CBS

Episode Recap

Charles Cavender is having a terrible case of insomnia. He visits a psychiatrist for help. As the doctor digs into Charles' recent history, the doc learns that Charles' wife died in a fire. Charles woke up to flames, but his wife was lying there still while Charles fled out the nearest window and took off running. Charles explains that his wife'sbrother, Jack Fletcher, blames Charles for her death. Charles didn't have trouble sleeping following the fire; rather, he had trouble sleeping once Fletcher was discharged from the VA hospital. Charles' sleeping disorder is so bad that he continues to lose jobs. Charles tracks down Fletcher's current address,and he finds Fletcher in a wheelchair from the war. The two get into a heatedargument, in which Fletcher calls out Charles as a coward. There is a fight over a handgun, and Fletcher is killed. Cavender then returns home and is finally able to relax. He glances at his deceased wife's photo, eats some dinner, and lies down on his bed after lighting an old heater. He drifts off and a fire breaks out. His sleep is so deep after all the months of insomniathat the fire does not wake him up and he dies.