The Name of the Game

Season 3 Episode 22

Beware of the Watchdog

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Mar 05, 1971 on NBC
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Beware of the Watchdog
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A consumer advocate, currently masterminding an expose of the fish-canning industry, is the victim of murder attempts.

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  • It isn't easy to do good.

    8.0
    The brilliant and brave work of consumer-rights activist Ralph Nader won many plaudits in the early 1970s, so this episode about a Nader-like activist, played by Richard Kiley, was a timely one. The plot, however, advances with some subtlety, for the Kiley character is motivated only partially by righteous rage against the rip-off artists - his hatred of industrial and business failings is driven by a dread of finding similar weaknesses inside himself. The ambiguity of his reasons for doing good are examined, fortunately, without the usual reactionary hint that his actions are somehow invalidated by his fears. The plotting touches on some contentious issues (there's an abortion sub-plot) and it's a pity that the multi-faceted moral issues are resolved in the last couple of minutes into an over- neat Hollywood ending, where old enmities are forgotten, a stern man of principle learns a little warmth (and even smiles briefly) and former lovers are reunited.moreless
Richard Kiley

Richard Kiley

Arlen McKittrick

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Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

Ernie Subich

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Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson

Ann McKittrick

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