Night Gallery | Season One | Episode 6 | January 20, 1971
Segment One | They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar
William Windom | Diane Baker | Bert Convey | Written by Rod Serling | Directed by Don Taylor
Down-at-heel sales director Randy Lane (William Windom) reflects back upon twenty-five lost years at a plastics company, as the world around him crumbles. His sympathetic secretary Lynn Alcott (Diane Baker) tries to save him from his failing work performance, reliance upon the bottle, and up-and-coming rival executive, Harvey Doane (Bert Convey). Lane’s most cherished memories, including those of his late wife, all seem to be inexorably tied to Tim Riley’s Bar, now closed and slated for destruction, yet another erased link to a past that can never be recovered.
Windom’s empathetic portrait of a man disconnected from the modern world drives a surprisingly sentimental episode, lacking the traditional “gotcha” punch at the end. In the face of everything Lane cares about being lost to time, comes the most frightening question of all, “Who will remember?”
Segment Two | The Last Laurel
Jack Cassidy | Martine Beswick | Martin E. Brooks | Written by Rod Serling | Directed by Daryl Duke
Paralyzed in an auto accident, former athlete Marius Davis (Jack Cassidy) suspects his wife, Susan (Martine Beswick), of having an affair with his doctor (Martin E. Brooks). Marius plots to kill his rival, yet remain incontrovertibly beyond suspicion, using a novel method— astral projection.
Marius’ self-satisfied laughter–delivered with Cassidy’s own skeevy charm–at the brilliance of his own plan highlights this short episode with an ironic twist.