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The Sensible Thing


After deciding to marry his assistant, a widower discovers that his wife is incapable of love and that she has a strange and unhealthy attachment to her dog.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 2, 1982
  • (No Repeat) - January 1, 1970





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10 Responses to Episode 1389

Absolutely zero fear you can hear. This episode can best be described as a sappy love story. Elspeth Eric wrote it--she is either hit or miss in keeping my interest. This episode was easy to listen to; it just lacked the mystery elements that are requisite to Mystery Theater stories. 3 stars.


I wouldn't say that all episodes have to be mystery stories. There is no type of story that was 'requisite' to Mystery Theater, although mysteries were the norm. They did all kinds of stories though. There were mysteries, dramas, comedies, adventures, and even historical, classic books, etc.


I agree with Davy. No mystery story here. But I find the later years are less and less “spooky” or mysterious as the earlier years of CBS Mystery Radio. This was just ok. Nice enough story but no Mystery.


Excellent story. Lee Richardson’s acting stellar. Suspense coupled with a sweet story.


This is an opportunity to help my fellow man. If you are suffering from clinical depression, or just down in the dumps and suffering doldrums .. do not listen to this episode! It will drive you like lemmings to jump off a cliff. This episode is soo dreary and depressing, the actors deliver the lines in a dull monotone of listlessness that would make a zombie want to tear the hairs out of their heads! Even the music is so bleak that you probably couldn't find any bleaker music. Even if you are incredibly happy and on top of the world, do not listen to this episode! I was happy when I began listening to this episode and it ended with me looking up my psychiatrist's number! Not surprised this was written by Elspeth Eric.


Awwww. Come on D.C. You just have it out for Elspeth. Maybe you relate too much to the husband in this episode with his 'ewwww feelings!' attitude. Your review, however, made me laugh out loud until I cried. Thanks for that!


Please listen and judge for yourself. This is one of my favorite episodes and I do suffer from depression. We all have different tastes, obviously. Just saying, listen for yourself and don’t take mine or anyone else’s opinion without listening for yourself.


Wow. This was suspenseful, in a psychological way. I didn't see the ending coming. Good acting and sound quality.

Kathy D

Not a bad story, but only because the acting was super. This could have been a terrible episode, but it was saved by the performances of then two main actors. Also, I thought the music was nice. Like many Elspeth Eric episode, it was kind of sappy, and too focused on psychological problems, but the way it was executed made it tolerable, imo.


I loved this episode. It's about love and stepping into someone else's shoes. Lee Richardson is particularly good.


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