In "Crisis," Martha Scott stars as a mother who, while in a sleep-deprived haze, envisions her child's future and sees only the worst.
As the episode opens, a doctor arrives at the home of Mrs. Norquist. Her infant son, Kurt, has pneumonia, and she is caring for him by herself. No nurses are available to help because of a flu epidemic. The doctor tells Mrs. Norquist that she must stay awake all night and continue the baby's steam treatments.
Mrs. Norquist is exhausted, but she must stay awake. As she watches her baby inside of his steam tent, she begins to imagine what his future will be like, and what she imagines frightens her.
"Crisis" was written for Suspense by John Bagni and Gwen Bagni, but it is quite different from the kinds of episodes they wrote for Escape in later years. Anton M. Leader produced and directed. Martha Scott starred as Mrs. Norquist. Also appearing were Frank Lovejoy and Wally Maher. This episode aired on August 19, 1948.
(Image of Martha Scott)