Tod is employed as a general factotum for an award winning novelist, in Hernando, Mississippi. He is a minor bystander in the story of the author's daughter who murders her husband. Her ...
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Tod is employed as a general factotum for an award winning novelist, in Hernando, Mississippi. He is a minor bystander in the story of the author's daughter who murders her husband. Her motive for the killing is unknown and a bombshell when revealed. Buz is not seen - he is "healing" in an unnamed location.Written by
The "Pagliaccis" of the title is the Italian word for clowns, made famous by the opera "Pagliacci", by Ruggero Leoncavallo. The title here is meant to be a kind of sarcastic comment on the people and media surrounding the trial in this story. See more »
[spoken to Tod Stiles, paraphrasing the name of a 1960 movie]
"How are all the brave young cannibals?"
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This is a solid story that keeps you engaged despite the fact that it has very little action. It involves Tod going to work in a small town of Hernando, Mississippi for a famous author and then dealing with the sensational trial that ensues when the author's otherwise peaceful and quiet daughter suddenly resorts to murder. Nothing is quite what it seems and everything is bubbling just beneath the surface. When the bombshell finally does hit it changes everything and makes an interesting point about society and how it interprets and dispenses justice.
The only real fall-backs to this episode are the fact that it was filmed in winter instead of summer, which never looks completely right when it is done in the deep south. The steamy, hot weather and look could of helped accentuate the steamy subject matter. This episode also features a couple of side stories. One involves Tod's rocky relationship with an older woman reporter (Blaine) who comes to town to cover the trial. The other centers on the tensions created on a rural couple when the wife starts showing signs of interest with a visiting male reporter. Both these scenarios have potential and could of been interesting in their own right had they been played out more.
In the end the most memorable parts of this episode have nothing to do with the story itself. One is the glimpse of a sign in a barber shop window that advertises haircuts for only seventy-five cents! The other has to do with some surprisingly unchivalrously where a couple's car breaks down late at night on a lonely road and it is the husband who has his wife go walking for help while he stays in the car! This episode also gives one the nice chance to see a rare appearance of James Leo O'Herlihy as one of the reporters covering the trial. He later ended up writing the novel 'Midnight Cowboy' that was later made into the Academy Award winning film of the same title.
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