|Paralysed and confined to bed|
|Evil nurse, Grandpa Walton (aka the Doc) and a worried Rollin|
|Off-vertical camera angles and the devious nurse|
|As Rollin tends to Jim, the camera is still off-kilter|
|Jim realises he can communicate by blinking|
|Cinnamon - always chic.|
- Rollin phones Cinnamon on a tapped phone. Her only clue that something is wrong is that Rollin asks for ‘Mrs Phelps’, and she catches on to the urgency of the situation, understanding that Rollin’s suggestion that she bring a driver means Barney (automatic assumption in the sixties that the driver would be black?) and that a reference to baby Willy seeing his Uncle Rollin soon is a request for Willy to come along. Cinnamon’s shock and concern about Jim is obvious, and her white-faced reaction works very well visually against the backdrop of her classic, chic apartment.
|The nurse prepares the curare|
- As Jim’s medication wears off, in the middle of the episode. You really get the sense, as movement comes back to him and the doctor unceremoniously rolls him over and bares his back for the first injection, that Jim is in a great deal of discomfort. He has been immobile and sweating for at least a day, and he really has the look of someone who had been confined to bed and unable to move. The degradation of his situation is heightened as the gas station man comes in mid-treatment without so much as knocking, and carries out a conversation with the Doc. Despite this, Jim takes the opportunity while he can speak to get necessary information from the Doc, discovering what he is being injected with and who is to be assassinated. Well done, Jim!
- Cinnamon and Rollin’s slick work in the doctor’s surgery to create Rollin’s mask and outfit so that he can impersonate the doctor. There’s no pity in them as they chloroform the doctor and cover his face in plaster of paris. It’s less than he deserves. Rollin, of course, ends up with a flawless disguise, as we would expect, and gets to practice the voice during an unexpected phone call from the male assassin.
- Willy and Barney’s exemplary performances. Willy plays a truck driver and cunningly simulates a horrendous cut to the arm in order to get into the surgery. Barney plays the driver of Cinnamon’s car and mostly hangs around outside to warn the others of unwanted visitors. Willy’s concern for Jim is mostly non-verbal, but quite evident.
- The man at the gas station, Williams (played by Eddie Ryder), is a great character in himself. While Doc is obviously the leader of the community, Williams is out-front, the man at the gas station that gets to greet all comers, and through the whole episode we can see him itching to have more control, and never quite getting it. You get the feeling that if he could, he’d quite happily cosh the doctor around the back of the head and take the reins himself.
- The assembled townspeople in the underground briefing room are wonderful – a great mix of young and old, venerable looking women in odd hats who are still part of this (presumably) communist plot. They demonstrate kill techniques on a dummy that looks as if it’s died quite a few times already, and all in all are a very creepy lot. If you ever wanted to know about unheimlich, it’s all here.
He looks like he's had a hard few days... There's no reason for this picture apart from to say 'awww'