Okay so first of all, this story is not unique, people do crazy things out of love all the time. But if you ever needed a story about jealousy - this one's a real pip! There is no "fun" to this tale, it's very likely the grimmest and bleakest one of them all. There's a nice slow build of tension. I love the grand and chilling music that accompanies the events. You know that it's far too obvious for the wife to be cheating, and you perhaps can guess how it's going to end, but you definitely don't expect the little extra surprise at the finale. That was one of the very best things of this show, the tales where you were genuinely surprised. It's a bad one, too. Certainly there were other episodes that were deadly serious and and nasty fates befalling complete innocents: Man who was Death, Fitting Punishment, Mute witness to Murder etc. But even those tales had a saving grace of sorts to them in the form of the dark ironic sense of humour, or of course the villain getting their just desserts, something or other would buffer the horror, make you aware that you're basically watching a horror comic come to life that is not meant to be taken too seriously. Three's a Crowd has no such distancing elements and thus is a bit of an anomaly to the series. You could say it's the tale that goes too far... I thought Gavin 'O Herlihy did a terrifyingly terrific job in his portrayal of an insecure and jealous alcoholic who grows increasingly insane over the course of the story. He's so scary in the later scenes when his face is all horrible and twisted up as his mind collapses completely. I know where the episode goes a little off for me. It's just a little too unpleasantly ugly when Richard is throttling his perfectly innocent and helpless wife. And then, to add unspeakable insult to hideous injury, it turns out he also murders the little baby to be he thought he could never give her. So mercilessly nasty and brutal. You never get that in anything and with good reason, it is admittedly pretty sick. It's just too horrifying a twist to be enjoyable. You kind of feel bad for everyone. Usually at least one person gets what they deserved but this is so wrong all round. So sad, it was all just a misunderstanding... I thought Ruth De Sosa was good in her role as the unfortunate Della. She was okay for the first half, but I thought she was excellent in the scenes where she's all terrified and panicking, fleeing for her life. The gal could really scream and the energy of her performance really grabs you and pulls you in the moment. She sure didn't do to well under pressure. Also, she didn't seem too bright regarding the jealousy of her husband. That's a little annoying. As if she wouldn't have told him the truth, seeing how unglued he was clearly becoming. That part of the story was a bit far-fetched. Horror logic.. It's a cautionary tale - always look before you leap! This one leaves a bad taste, but it is effective in its horendousness, and it works. Unpleasant, but also memorable for it. Take care now.
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