Way Out (1961)

Season 1 Episode 12

Side Show

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Jun 30, 1961 on CBS
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Side Show
Meek Harold Potter is a bookkeeper with a nagging wife Edna, and no life. One night, he goes to a sideshow at a carnival. They show a guillotine, and appear to cut off a woman's head. The main attraction is Cassandra, a headless lady strapped into an electric chair; only the chair is not a method of execution, but the opposite-- 10,000 volts "keep her alive." Somehow, telepathically, the headless Cassandra pleads with Harold to stay. Later, the carnival closes for the night. But Harold comes back to see Cassandra night after night. Harold falls in love with Cassandra; he even promises to help her escape the carny life. He is convinced that she is a normal girl, and the "headless" routine is just a carny trick; he thinks the only reality is that she is strapped into the electric chair, being held a virtual prisoner. Late one night, Harold sneaks into the sideshow, and using some pliers he starts to cut the metal straps that hold Cassandra. Later, Edna comes looking for her missing, errant hubby. A carny woman has fresh stitches on her neck, her head looks like that of the guillotined lady. And now there is a new sideshow attraction: a headless man strapped into an electric chair. The body looks like Harold's. [something misogynistic about this episode: it seems Harold prefers the love of a headless lady (who has a nice personality) to that of his wife.]moreless

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