Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 4 Episode 25

The Kind Waitress

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 29, 1959 on CBS

Episode Recap

Thelma Tompkins is a 38 year-old waitress who discovers that she is named as a beneficiary in the will of a Mrs. Mannerheim who lives upstairs the posh place where Thelma works. When Mrs. Mannerheim shows no sign of dying as quickly as she thinks, Thelma's boyfriend suggests that the two of them kill her. At first, Thelma is horrified, but when Arthur threatens to leave her, a desperate Thelma concedes. They discover a lethal, tasteless poison called Anatine which is found in a certain plant extract. Arthur boils it and gives it to Thelma, who reluctantly slips the drug into Mrs. Mannerheim's tea. She does not grow ill, but rather more lively as the months go by. Finally, Thelma can not take it any more and tells Arthur. He tells her that they won't get married unless she kills Mrs. Mannerheim once and for all. Thelma brings the tea up to the old woman's room, laced than a heavier dose than usual. When Mrs. Mannerheim points out that Thelma forgot to bring the milk, an argument ensues and Thelma strangles her when Mrs. Mannerheim threatens to write Thelma out of her will.

At the inquest, Thelma breaks down and confesses. Being led out of the courtroom, Thelma ends up overhearing that Mrs. Mannerheim had a heart condition and that her doctor had prescribed Anatine in order to keep her alive.