"The Justice Tree"
January 5 1960.

** Spoiler Alert **

SYNOPSIS: In the arid southwest in 1948 a dangerous criminal commits murder, escapes a deadly car
accident, and ends up at the homestead of a widowed woman and her young son, Joey. An oak tree that
has been dead for 70 years mysteriously comes to life, as if to warn the family of the new danger in its midst.

COMMENTARY: The series officially entered the 1960s with this episode, an early example of the common
television story (now a cliche) that might be termed "The Single Woman in Jeopardy" dilemma. In this
sub-genre, a single woman and her son are menaced by some kind of villain, only to be saved by the series'
star. In the case of One Step Beyond, the real "star" of the series is the inexplicable or parnanormal . . .

For full episode commentary . . . plus cast credits, series production details,
cultural and television history, and much more . . . see John Kenneth Muir's
                  "An Analytical Guide to Television's One Step Beyond":