Tod and Linc, employed by a sign company in Savannah, deliver a neon sign to tiny Clausen, Ga., and a recently discharged Army vet intentionally damages it. Tod and Linc stay to repair the ...
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Tod and Linc, employed by a sign company in Savannah, deliver a neon sign to tiny Clausen, Ga., and a recently discharged Army vet intentionally damages it. Tod and Linc stay to repair the sign and find out why the man did it. Afterward, Tod offers him this advice - "when you get burned, scream and learn to live with it".Written by
This episode takes a look at the people who inhabit small towns focusing on those who are bored with it and looking to 'escape' while also looking at those who come back to it because the corrupt and fast lifestyles of big city ways isn't for them.The main character of this story is a young man (Horne) who got humiliated by an elaborate practical joke while he was away in the army and how his inability to get over this effects him and all those he comes into contact with. Unfortunately this is where the episode begins to fall apart.
One of the problems is that he decides to invite the woman who was a part of the practical joke (played by his then real life wife Wilcox) back to his hometown so he can prop her up in front of all the townspeople and expose her for what she really is. However it is just not real plausible why this woman, or anyone for that matter, would be so gullible as to agree to take a long ride in on a bus from a completely different area simply to be used as bait for what is a very obvious set-up.
The second problem is actor Horne himself. He seems to be a good actor, but not for this part. He is supposed to be portraying a 'country bumpkin', but his face seems too expressive and he is way too articulate and well spoken.
The direction in this episode is also poor, which makes for the third problem. It was filmed in historic Savannah, Georgia and yet we don't see hardly anything of the city. Most of the action is confined to a very dingy, windowless bar that has no atmosphere or ambiance about it. The camera also stays locked on Horne too much as he tells everybody about the details of the joke, which seems to take almost twenty minutes for him to do. The use of flashbacks could have made this segment much more interesting.
This is one of the series weaker episodes.
Grade: C +
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