Spoiled (1991)

Posted by Mrs Giggles on November 4, 2017 in 2 Oogies, Idiot Box Reviews, Series: Tales from the Crypt

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Spoiled (1991)
Spoiled (1991)

Main cast: Faye Grant (Janet), Alan Rachins (Leon), Anita Morris (Fuschia Monroe), Tristan Rogers (Evian Monroe), Annabelle Gurwitch (Louise), Parker Kane (Quebec), Anthony LaPaglia (Abel), and John Kassir (The Crypt Keeper)
Director: Andy Wolk

Janet’s husband Leon is a mad scientist type who is so into his brain transplant research that she begins to feel neglected. She watches her favorite soap opera all day, which revolves around how Fuschia Monroe, a hard-balled no-nonsense type, embarks on an affair with Quebec, one of her husband’s employee, when her husband is too busy making all that money that allows her to live in luxurious comfort. Eventually, Janet decides to follow the footsteps of her idol and embarks on an affair with Abel, the cable guy. All seems well… until her husband accidentally finds out about the affair, heh.

Spoiled is one of the most cringe-inducing episodes in this season because of all the awful puns that fly, involving “tool”, “screw”, “cable”, and more.

“I’ve tried the knobs, but I don’t get anything.”

“The TV doesn’t need to be hooked up… but I do.”

“You’ve already gotten the box. I just have to plug it in.”

Everything is just so corny, and it’s also quite amusing to see how dorky a younger Anthony LaPaglia can be. He’s supposed to be sexy here, but the moment he says, “Hi, I’m Abel… with the cable!” I lose it and the episode starts to seem like one low-effort animated meme. Everyone and everything is just too much like a cartoon – too much. Not to mention, the twist can be seen coming from a mile away.

Also, it’s hard to see Janet as a villain deserving of punishment, as the husband too much of an asshole to the point that it feels right when the wife seeks attention elsewhere. If this episode were in any way better put together, I may be moved to feel indignant on the poor dear’s behalf. As it is, though, this episode is so corny that it’s nearly unpalatable.

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