Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 3 Episode 14

The Percentage

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jan 05, 1958 on CBS

Episode Recap

Eddie Slovak reconnects with an old Army buddy named Pete who once saved his hide - and who carries the secret with him that Eddie was a coward. Eddie wants to pay his friend in order to "even the percentage." He offers him money for a business, but Pete flatly refuses. After much pestering him, Pete finally agrees to let Eddie take him and his wife out on the town, wining and dining. While they're out, Eddie tries to talk Pete's wife Louise into getting Eddie to accept the money. Louise falls for Eddie and asks him to come over to her place while Pete's gone, claiming she has a new idea on how to get her husband to accept Eddie's money. When Louise admits that she lied to get him to come over, the unstable Eddie strangles her. Neighbors hear the ruckus and Pete barges in. Eddie explains that he did him a favor since she was cheating on him. The police arrive and Eddie is arrested. Pete goes to see Eddie's girlfriend and explains that Louise is dead and Eddie is out of the way. Now, the two of them can be together.