Judy, You’re Not Yourself Today (1990)

Posted by Mrs Giggles on August 24, 2017 in 2 Oogies, Idiot Box Reviews, Series: Tales from the Crypt

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Judy, You're Not Yourself Today (1990)
Judy, You’re Not Yourself Today (1990)

Main cast: Frances Bay (The Witch), Carol Kane (Judy), Brian Kerwin (Donald), David Dunard (Joe), Todd Field (Eugene), and John Kassir (The Crypt Keeper)
Director: Randa Haines

Donald and Judy are a married couple who are drifting apart. Judy is like a Stepford wife, who only wishes everything to be properly in its place, and Donald annoys her more and more each day with his obnoxious showboating ways, his careless waving of his guns, his patronizing ways, and the way he just messes everything up. She still loves him, and she has to admit that his obnoxious ways were what attracted her to him in the first place, but still…

Then one fine day, an old woman knocks on the door while Judy is alone at home, and convinces Judy to wear a necklace that allows the old woman – who is a witch – to then shift bodies with her. Now, the old witch is in Judy’s body, while Judy is stuck in the witch’s. And Donald doesn’t understand why an old woman is in house, talking like they are married, while Judy is out there acting like… well, a trashy, man-hungry woman who just wants to have fun – one who doesn’t seem to recognize him to boot.

This episode is really something when Judy ends up the most sympathetic one on the lot. And it becomes clear by the last scene that the entire of Judy, You’re Not Yourself Today is a thinly-veiled anti-gun ownership episode, as much of the drama and later tragedy could have been averted if Donald hadn’t been a trigger-happy lunatic who fires first without ever thinking. Up to that point, the entire episode is about head-scratching kind of awful over the top behavior and nonsensical developments. In fact, the episode doesn’t even follow its own rules: one moment the witch can switch body with Judy to avoid dying, but this doesn’t work later with no explanations given.

Carol Kane puts up a valiant performance that veers from prim and proper to total sauciness with ease, while Brian Kerwin puts on an unexpectedly heartbreaking performance at the penultimate of the episode, so the whole thing is not a total loss. Nonetheless, there are certainly more entertaining and memorable episodes in the second season!

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