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The Name of the Game

Season 3 Episode 3

Cynthia Is Alive and Living in Avalon

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 02, 1970 on NBC
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Cynthia Is Alive and Living in Avalon

Cynthia Hampton is an ecology activist - and the daughter of a chemical company tycoon. After slugging a cop at a demonstration, she goes into hiding, and it's Paul Tyler's job to find her.

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  • A rather patronising episode.

    The superficiality of this episode prevents it from being more than passably entertaining, and it's not too surprising that the Friends Of The Earth got steamed about it. The hippy activist is well-meaning but dangerously naive, she's easily dominated by her sinister ex-con boyfriend and has no real strength of her own (until, of course, the all-knowing reporter from "People" magazine gives her some), and the issues which she sounds off about are safe, uncontroversial ones -she'd like to save the otters, if you please. We even get a scene where her tycoon father indicates that he really is going to put a stop to all that pollution his factory is causing - yeah, right. On the plus side, it's slickly managed by director Gene Levitt, with some European-style editing to move the story right along at quite a pace, and Barbara Feldon is a charming heroine (if rather too old for such an innocent). There's some pretty photography of Catalina Island and Tom Skerritt is somehow effective in a banal villain role. The prominently-billed Mickey Rooney has an extremely small part which anyone could have played, but he does it with skill. The episode is, all in all, quite diverting. But it lacks teeth.moreless
Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney


Guest Star

Barbara Feldon

Barbara Feldon

Cynthia Hampton

Guest Star

Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt


Guest Star

Robert Culp

Robert Culp

Paul Tyler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This was the first of two appearances by Robert Culp in the role of "Paul Tyler" - a character written in as a replacement for the Jeff Dillon character after the producers had fired Tony Franciosa. (Episodes Franciosa had already filmed were delayed until later in the run of this season).

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Paul Tyler: [rebuking Cynthia]: You'll have to figure out the difference between really hearing and just listening!

    • Paul Tyler: [showing Cynthia pictures of himself, taken in a photo-booth]: They're nice, don't you think?
      Cynthia Hampton: They are nice. May I keep one?
      Paul Tyler: Keep several. They're small.

    • Cynthia Hampton: I've still got a lot to say.
      Paul Tyler: Well, keep talking - but no hitting!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode led to a lawsuit being launched against scriptwriter Benjamin Masselink by the Friends Of The Earth ecological group. It was eventually dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court in 1976.