The Invaders/The Trial
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The Trial is the sixth episode of the second season of The Invaders, and the twenty-third episode overall.
with Bill Zuckert (Wisnofski), James McCallion (Brennan), Selette Cole (Miss Cole), John Rayner (Fred Wilk), Jason Wingreen (Court Clerk), Richard Hale (Fred Wilk, Sr.), Amy Douglass (Mrs. Wilk), Sid McCoy (John Lovell)
Vincent takes a personal interest in the murder trial of Charlie Gilman, and not just because he's a friend of David's from the Korean War, but also because he suspects that the man Gilman is accused of killing was an alien. Complicating matters for David and Gilman's attorney: the murder occurred near an open blast furnace (effectively shooting down his claims that the man evaporated upon death), and also that Gilman and the dead man's widow were romantically involved before her marriage. As avenues to aid Charlie close up, Vincent discovers that he has only one out: to expose a possible Invader in the courtroom.
This being a Quinn Martin production, it was inevitable that they would do an episode in the usual crime drama milieu of QM shows, and it was a very effective melding of sci-fi and crime elements.
Behind the Scenes
Selette Cole, who plays one of the witnesses at the trial, is the wife of this episode's co-writer, George Eckstein.
Sid McCoy, the Black man who testifies about the furnace at the trial, later became the smooth-voiced announcer for the long-running music show, Soul Train ('Soul Train...the hippest trip in America!').
Allusions and References
Roy Thinnes claims that the scene where he encounters Fred Wilk's parents after their testimony in the courtroom is one of his favorite scenes of the series. The elderly aliens look him in the eye and commit suicide and evaporate in front of Vincent.