Ben Casey

Season 2 Episode 11

I Hear America Singing

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 10, 1962 on ABC
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I Hear America Singing
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A drunk salesman tries to talk a disabled woman out of filing a law suit against him after he runs over her with his car.

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  • Casey humanizes a shallow, corrupt man.

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    This is a truly great episode. The desperate, lonely young woman who's spent a lifetime running from a poverty-stricken childhood which left her permanently scarred inside and out, and the out-sized, loud route salesman who drinks too much to keep the patter going have a fateful rendezvous. As Casey learns the nature of the salesman's concern and the extent of the girl's childhood trauma, he lectures the salesman about his responsibility to her. At some point, it really seems the salesman has a change of heart - the emptiness of his life on the road is now clear to him and he acts out of kindness and his own emotional need instead of out of fear of a law-suit. He promises to take the girl on a cross-country trip and we see a travelogue unfold as he describes it. Tragically, she doesn't survive the operation because of bacterial damage in her tenderest years. The salesman emerges a sadder,better man.moreless

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    • I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
      Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
      The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
      The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
      The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
      The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
      The wood-cutter's song—the ploughboy's, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
      The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
      The day what belongs to the day—at night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
      Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.
      Come! some of you! still be flooding The States with hundreds and thousands of mouth-songs fit for The States only.

      Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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