Nowhere Man

Season 1 Episode 12

It's Not Such A Wonderful Life

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 27, 1995 on UPN
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It's Not Such A Wonderful Life
At long last (and just in time for time holidays), Veil's torment comes to an end as federal agents locate him, reveal the identity of his enemy and disclose why "The Organization," a well-funded group of political fanatics wreaking havoc with foreign policy, have been trying to destroy him. After Veil gives a sworn deposition to authenticate his "Hidden Agenda" photograph, he's reunited with his wife Alyson and his mother and is on the way to having himself a merry little Christmas, until he gets a form of "coal in his stocking." In the series' turning point, U.S. government official whisk Veil away to a safehouse where, as he awaits the arrest of the perpetrators, some semblance of Christmas holiday cheer can be had. Although it's the season to be jolly, Veil is suspicious about the sudden developments in his life. With some initial disbelief, he hears Alyson's explanation of what happened that fateful night at the Bullpen restaurant when he left the table, her meeting with Dr. Bellamy at Calaway Psychiatric Hospital and since then, her on-going struggle to save both their lives. When Veil receives the verification he needs to corroborate Alyson's explanations, he breathes easy and the holidays are looking bright... but, in the end, it's not all "peace on earth and goodwill to men."moreless

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  • Tom receives a Christmas gift. Warning: some spoilers.

    Tom's nightmare is over. He's suddenly the star witness for a federal investigation into the Organization. He's reunited with Alyson. He's on the way to mending his relationship with his mother. And all just in time for Christmas. All he has to do is turn over the negatives to corroborate his testimony.

    Things begin to seem a little fishy when the agents assigned to protect him leave the safehouse before Tom gets the negatives. Wouldn't it have been a good idea to keep him under guard until the negatives are retrieved? What if the Organization is watching, as they seemed to be when he took the agent's car, leading to a desperate chase, which ends with his pursuer crashing and (maybe) burning.

    In the end, it turns out to be an elaborate game. We're left with the question, how deeply involved are Alyson and Mrs. Veil?

    To me, this is one of the best episodes of the series to this point. Things seem to be great, until the twist at the end.moreless

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