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The Head of a Pin


A silicon chip engineer discovers the design flaw that caused a commuter plane to explode. He takes his findings to the government despite the possible repercussions to their business. He turns up dead a few days later and his wife suspects that he was murdered by his business partner- who also happens to be her brother!



Air Dates

  • First Run - December 23, 1981
  • Repeat - February 25, 1982





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4 Responses to Episode 1270

Interesting story about the time when the silicon computer chip came into popular usage. What happens to the conscience of a maker of faulty chips that may have caused the crash of a plane full of innocent people. However the ending is not very realistic. I'll try to make it vague so as not to be a spoiler, but I ask you what "head of the 'syndicate' with more than a grade 3 education would frame a guy by handing him a loaded gun to frame him for murder without unloading the bullets out of the gun first? And he also was alone with the guy, he didn't have any goons in the office to protect him either! It would only happen on Mystery Theater to end with a feel good semi-happy ending for the innocent sister.

D.C. Klinkensmit

Spring is here! Amazon is up!! And I am checking out this modernist cbs mystery theater about how the chips may fall down.

Scooter D & the last of the Greens

Yikes! Listening to this after the two Boeing jetliners crashed in 2019 due to computer errors and greed. Prescient.


And it is pronounced “silicon” not “silicone”. Silicone is a clear, rubbery material.


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