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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 5

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Fellow Retroist writer Doug McCoy has the latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode podcast up for your listening pleasure! This go around we have friends of the Retroist site Claymation Werewolf and Phishbon3s and I discussing the fifth episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone series. Doug wasn’t able to join us this week due to a prior engagement so I take over the Host role for this episode, but he was with us at least in spirit!

For this podcast we discuss the two segments “If She Dies” and “Ye Gods” that originally aired on October 25th, 1985. This episode is a first for me in which I found a TZ segment that I just absolutely despised as well as learning that Phish doesn’t care much for the 1986 Clive Barker penned Rawhead Rex.
“If She Dies”
If She Dies
In our first segment we are introduced to a nightmarish situation for any parent, Paul Marano (Tony Lo Bianco) is involved in a traffic accident that leave his daughter, Cathy (Andrea Barber!), in a coma…in his distress he encounters a young girl that we learn is named Sarah (Jenny Lewis of The Wizard) who might be able to help him save his daughter if he can help her.

“Ye Gods”
Ye Gods
An aptly titled segment because you’ll need patience gifted from the Divine to possibly enjoy it. In the second segment we find Yuppie businessman Todd Etting (David Dukes) angering the and only Cupid (Robert Morse) after he ignores an encounter with the woman he is meant to fall in love with. Todd then finds himself rubbing elbow with Bacchus (John Myhers) and Magaera (Carolyn Seymour) in an attempt to help Cupid…doing so is the only way that he might possibly get his own life back to normal.

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast site or iTunes and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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