Wednesday, October 31, 2007


The Halloween Episode

One of the easiest and often most rewarded episode to write/watch is the Halloween episode. Buffy did three episodes. The Simpsons do one every year. Desperate Housewives dishes up their first one on Sunday. But freshmen shows do them best. HIMYM did a first season Halloween sex romp. Marc dressed as Betty was the first fall down laughing scene of UB. This season Big Bang Theory had a Halloween party to play some jokes on. "Why would you want to be a Hobbit?" I haven't watched last night's Halloween Reaper yet. Tonight Pushing Daisies has a Halloween episode. But I'm going to pull something deep out of my memory for a fond Halloween episode memory.

The year was 1982, the show: Square Pegs. It was a single camera sitcom back when they still added the awkward laugh track. Sarah Jessica Parker stared as an unpopular girl trying to break into the cliques. But the Halloween episode had the cast running scared from a would be serial killer similar to the guy from Friday the 13th or the guy from Halloween. As the characters encountered the masked killer in the street, we saw from the point of view of the bad guys, with eye hole cut-outs over the camera and heavy breathing. Finally at the end, the killer showed up at the Halloween party door step. Everyone screamed. He took of the mask and it was the school Principal. Ahhh!

I don't remember much else of this show, but I remember that episode. Happy Halloween Everyone!


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