Night Gallery episode 2: Room with a View/The Little Black Bag/The Nature of the Enemy

Originally airing on December 23, 1970, Night Gallery expanded to three stories for this episode.

“Room with a View” was directed by Jerrold Freedman (A Cold Night’s Death) and written by Hal Dresner (The Eiger Sanction) and it’s all about a bedridden man named Jacob Bauman (Joseph Wiseman, Dr. No) who learns that his wife Lila (Angel Tompkins, Murphy’s Law) is sleeping with someone else. His revenge scheme involves the young nurse (an unbelievably young Diane Keaton) who is there day and night with him.

“The Little Black Bag” is directed by Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2, making that two Jaws directors who worked on Night Gallery) and written by Rod Serling from a story by C.M. Kornbluth. It tells the tale of William Fall (Burgess Meredith) finding the medical bag of Gillings (George Furth), a doctor from the future. This same story was also adapted on the show Tales of Tomorrow with Charles S. Dubin directing.

“The Nature of the Enemy” is directed by Allen Reisner and written by Serling from a story by Cyril M. Kornbluth, a science fiction writer who died way too young. The director of NASA (Joseph Campanella) tries to keep control after life is found on the surface of the moon.

The second episode of this series — much like the first — doesn’t live up to the promise of the pilot. Soon, though, this would get much better.

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