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A Laurel & Hardy fan meets his soulmate... but discovers she plays a horrifying game named "Gotcha!"

Episode Info


Episode number: 3x4
Airdate: Saturday February 20th, 1988

Director: Brad Turner
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


Guest Stars
Saul RubinekSaul Rubinek
As John Griffiths
Kate LynchKate Lynch
As Alicia Hart

Co-Guest Stars
James KidnieJames Kidnie
As Hotel Clerk
Olwyn ChipmanOlwyn Chipman
As Party Person #1
Sharolyn SparrowSharolyn Sparrow
As Party Person #2
Michael HealyMichael Healy
As Stockbroker (Bear)
Adrian PaulAdrian Paul
As Stockbroker (Bozo)
Main Cast

Recap

Artist John Griffiths tells the tale of how he met Alicia Hart at a boring costume party. each of them were trying to slip out when they ran into each other and realized they had come dressed as Laurel and Hardy. Alicia asks if he trusts her and she invites him outside. John is willing to place his life in her hands and Alicia takes him to a flight of stairs where she filmed a commercial based on Laurel & Hardy's The Music Box. There's a piano crate at the top and she invites him up. As they walk up, they pause and kiss...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "Gotcha!" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Redbook (August, 1978).



Episode Quotes
John Griffiths: Ours was a love affair. Print it out in capitals. Underline it. Find some italics. Add exclamation points! Put up the fireworks! Tear down the clouds! Anyway, it was the 4th of July every night. New Year's every dawn. it was a bobsled downhill and everything cold racing by in beauty and two warm people holding tight and yelling with joy. Laurel and Hardy we would be forever. Or almost forever, until everything went to hell.

John Griffiths: Do you have an elevator in this place?
Hotel Clerk: If there is, I ain't seen it.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* John and Alicia's first meeting, and the initial stages of their relationship, is adapted from Bradbury's "The Laurel & Hardy Love Affair."
* John saying "Gotcha!" at the end after announcing that he's leaving Alicia adds a somewhat different spin to the story's conclusion.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Co-Executive ProducerStephane Sperry  |  Pierre Bertrand-Jaume
ProducerSeaton McLean
EditorGeorge Appleby
Line ProducerJonathan Goodwill
First Assistant DirectorNeil Huhta
Second Assistant DirectorWalter Gasparovic
MusicBruce Ley
HairstylistDivyo Putney
Make-upJudy Murdock (2)
GripRob Cochrane  |  Bob O'Connor (2)
Key GripStretch Pamplin
Set DecoratorAne Christensen
Location ManagerEd Moody
Transportation CoordinatorG. Kris Hawthorne
Property MasterRobert Bartman
Script SupervisorNancy Eagles
Production CoordinatorTherese Paquette
Assistant EditorJay Houpt
Re-Recording MixerJack Herren
GafferIra Cohen
Director of PhotographyBrian R. R. Hebb
Production SecretaryHeather Ross
Art DirectorTony Hall (4)
Post Production CoordinatorSusan Gerofsky  |  John Harcourt
Production ManagerLen D'agostino
Sound EditorBarry Gilmore
Sound MixerStuart French
Third Assistant DirectorStephen Janisch
Boom OperatorMoshe Saadon
Production AccountantJim Sternberg
Extras CastingRose Lewis
Best BoyEd Mikolic
Assistant Sound EditorTony Gronick
Assistant Art DirectorJames Oswald  |  Terry Wareham
Wardrobe MistressNada Healey
Still PhotographerPatrick Harbron
Second Camera AssistantTerry Gallie
1st Camera AssistantJohn Hobson
Assistant Set DecoratorBill Lee (6)  |  Susan Worts
Wardrobe DesignerMaya Mani
 
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