Escape's "Carnival in Vienna" is a story about forgery, deception, murder, and a mechanical laughing clown.
John Ashcroft Allison works as the front gate superintendant for a carnival in Austria. As the episode opens, he is admiring himself in a mirror, and his girlfriend, Lilly, tells him that he is vain... and that she knows he was once a thief. She also knows that he came to Europe to hide from forgery charges in the United States. John doesn't deny his background, but he is sorry that she heard about it from someone else.
The other carnival folk mock John's vanity, but Lilly loves and believes him. She has faith that he won't go back to his old ways, but as it turns out, John returns to his old ways that same afternoon.
With a little forgery, luck, and a broken ferris wheel, John steals a fortune, but will Lilly still want him?
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