Espionage

Season 1 Episode 15

Final Decision

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 1964 on NBC
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A scientist in hiding is due to be murdered, but the CIA plans to save him by replacing him with a man who is already dying.

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  • A lonely, unhappy man learns that he is dying and agrees to sacrifice his life a little ahead of time by posing as someone else - who is due to be murdered.moreless

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    Martin Balsam was apparently on his honeymoon when he filmed this downbeat episode - it must have cast a pall over things! Balsam is excellent as a dying man who feels his life has been worthless and a waste, and who is approached by the CIA with a bizarre request - they know that a refugee trying to get to the West is due to be murdered soon, and if Balsam substitutes for him and dies in his place, he can continue his important research work without anyone looking for him. Balsam agrees - but soon begins to wonder if his life isn't worth hanging onto, even for the short time he has left. A pretty gruesome story, ingenious in its depressing way.moreless

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