Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: The Twilight Zone (1985), "Dealer's Choice"

This week's Tuesday's Overlooked TV is an episode of the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone titled "Dealer's Choice."

Four male buddies are having their usual weekly poker game with one unusual circumstance--their normal fifth player is absent, replaced by a supposed friend of his. But, this being The Twilight Zone, it turns out that the mysterious "friend" is in fact Satan, who has come to play for one of the men's souls (I have when that happens). The other four do their best to outplay Lucifer, but the fate of the unlucky one rests in the hands of the most unlikely of the gentlemen.

Although the poker game is being played for very high stakes, the tone of the episode is much lighter than the description I'm giving it would imply. It's a fun installment, especially due to the actors involved--Dan Hedaya (as Satan), Garrett Morris, M. Emmet Walsh, Barney Martin (Jerry's dad on Seinfeld), and some guy named Morgan Freeman. Oh, and the episode was directed by Wes Craven.

Here for your enjoyment is the episode. Thanks! For more Tuesday's Overlooked goodness (Halloween related or not), check out Sweet Freedom by Todd Mason!

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