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Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up

Two serial killers have a turf war over a desolate stretch of mountain highway. One of them picks up people and kills them, while another hitches rides and kills the unlucky drivers. A young woman, Stacia, is caught between them when they both set out to make her their next victim.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Friday January 20th, 2006

Director: Larry Cohen
Story: David J. Schow
Teleplay: David J. Schow

Guest Stars
Fairuza BalkFairuza Balk
As Stacia
Warren KoleWarren Kole
As Walker
Tom PickettTom Pickett
As Bus Driver (Fergus)
Michael EklundMichael Eklund
As Cashier
Paul AnthonyPaul Anthony
As Stoney
Michael PetroniMichael Petroni
As Ambulance Attendant (Bobby)
Mar AndersonsMar Andersons
As Ambulance Driver (Vinny)

Danielle ReesDanielle Rees
As Pepper


A bus driver is driving along a mountain road and swerves to run over a rattlesnake. After the bus moves on, a man wearing snakeskin boots steps out and kneels to pick it up. The man, Walker, holds it up and tells it that it's not done yet, and then walks down the road, still carrying the snake...

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Episode Quotes
Danny: Hey. You're not going to walk, are you? Nobody walks.
Stacia: Nobody reads, either.

Wheeler: When I'm lonesome, I pick someone up, give 'em a ride, make conversation. Sometimes I even let hem go.
Birdy: Ah, that's reassuring.
Wheeler: So you're not scared of me, right? I'm a normal person? Right?
Birdy: Mister, I ain't met anybody who was normal. Not after I got to know them, anyway.

Wheeler: See this? It's a hollow-point. Makes a teeny little hole going in, but coming out... oh, it's a big slice of cherry pie.

Walker: How many times we seen this? I know you saw Texas Chainsaw. Both fucking versions! Come on, let me take you somewhere else and kill you, cut the fucking shit!

Walker: You're a fun date. You know, you look a lot better without all them trashy clothes on. Without all that trashy skin, too.

Stacia: Stay back from me, I've got a knife. Stay back!
Wheeler: And I've got a gun. So what? Guess I win.

Stacia: Why are you doing this?
Wheeler: Lady, when you're fishing, the bait doesn't ask stupid questions.

Walker: Now, your genuinely dangerous individuals, they almost never look... crazy. They don't have any weird tattoos, they don't have any weird stitches on their face, no funny-shaped heads. They are... not predictable.
Wheeler: Are you within ten seconds of making a point there?
Stacia: Yeah, you drive, he rides, the only question is which one of you assholes is a bigger fucking psycho!
Walker: I told you, be polite, didn't I?

Cultural References
Walker: I know you saw Texas Chainsaw.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a 1974 horror movie about a twisted family of cannibals who wear the skins of their victims.

Wheeler: Bye bye, Birdy.

Bye Bye Birdie is a 1960 Broadway musical about a rock star going into the Army.

Stacia: Can't believe I was going to shower in there. Ugh. Ree ree ree.

In the 1960 movie by Alfred Hitchcock, the killer stabs her victim while she takes a shower.

Wheeler: It gives me the creeps, baby monsters.

Wheeler is played by Michael Moriarty, who worked with director Larry Cohen on several horror movies, including the third of the three It's Alive movies (1987)... which feature monster babies.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMick Garris
Executive ProducerMorris Berger  |  Mick Garris  |  John Hyde  |  Andrew Deane  |  Keith Addis  |  Steve Brown (1)
ProducerLisa Richardson  |  Tom Rowe
Co-ProducerPascal Verschooris  |  Adam Goldworm  |  Ben Browning
Production DesignerDavid Fischer (1)
EditorMarshall Harvey
CastingStuart Aikins  |  Kelly Wagner  |  Nancy Nayor  |  Sean Cossey
Line ProducerPascal Verschooris
First Assistant DirectorMick Mackay
Second Assistant DirectorIan Samoil
MusicJay Chattaway
Music EditorMike Beckett
Music SupervisorHappy Walters  |  Lisa Brown (2)  |  Jennifer Ross
Costume DesignerLyn Kelly
Key GripTom Kaczmarski
Set DecoratorIde Foyle
Location ManagerLouisa Gradnitzer
Transportation CoordinatorFraser Sutherland
Property MasterNick Dibley
Construction CoordinatorJim Geddes
Script SupervisorPaula Bonucchi
Production CoordinatorShalla Edl
Script CoordinatorAlison Stephen
Assistant EditorMarc Pollon
Post Production SupervisorSally Dixon
Re-Recording MixerPaul A. Sharpe  |  Kevin Belen  |  Iain Pattison
GafferMichael Auger
Director of PhotographyBrian Pearson  |  Attila Szalay
Stunt CoordinatorJim Dunn
Art DirectorDon MacAulay
Assistant Production CoordinatorGenessa Davis
Post Production CoordinatorMatt Venables
Production ManagementPascal Verschooris
Sound MixerSebastian Salm
Third Assistant DirectorKarin Behrenz
Boom OperatorColin Smith (3)
Visual Effects CoordinatorLisa Sepp-Wilson
Main Title ThemeEdward Shearmur
Visual Effects SupervisorLee Wilson
Production AccountantKath Drew
Extras CastingSandra-Ken Freeman
Transportation CaptainJohn Swetlikoe
"A" Camera OperatorBrad Creasser
Sound SupervisorAnke Bakker  |  Jacqueline Cristianini
Best BoyDerek Heselton
Visual Effects ProducerLisa Sepp-Wilson
Key HairstylistAdina Shore
Assistant Make-upAmanda McGowan
Assistant To The DirectorSteve Best
Unit PublicistKristi Blicharski
Foley EditorJason Mauza
Assistant Property MasterJake Miller (2)
Assistant Costume DesignerLinda Leduc
Assistant To The ProducerKaty Lew  |  Raj Uppal
Second Unit DirectorJim Dunn  |  Mick Mackay
Special Effects CoordinatorWayne Szybunka
Additional MusicNicholas Pike
Assistant AccountantSheri Buckham  |  Dave Harvey
Foley MixerJean Raymond
Assistant Art DirectorVicky Peters
Sound Effects EditorMatt Wilson
Sound DesignKris Fenske
Best Boy GripDean Schwingboth
Dialogue EditorBrian Campbell
Assistant To ProducerRoss Redhead
"B" Camera OperatorRichard Wilson (2)
Special Effects Make-upHoward Berger  |  Greg Nicotero
Assistant Location ManagerAndrej Dec
Paint CoordinatorJohn E. Wilcox
Assistant Set DecoratorLeesa McNalley
Assistant HairstylistCleo Gagner
Set SupervisorBonnie Sutherland
"A" Camera First AssistantChristina Kaspercyk
"B" Camera First AssistantLane Koch
Digital Effects InternMatt Belbin
Stand-inStephen Tibbetts  |  Desiree Zurowski
Key MakeupMargaret Solomon
Best Boy LightingTrevor Carabin
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