Monsters: Season 2, Episode 7

Jar (12 Nov. 1989)

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While managing a remote inn near a wilderness swamp, an innkeeper makes ends meet by selling jars of items from the swamp. One particular item helps others to "meet ends". A curious private... See full summary »

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While managing a remote inn near a wilderness swamp, an innkeeper makes ends meet by selling jars of items from the swamp. One particular item helps others to "meet ends". A curious private eye checks into the inn in search of a missing person, and meets Ann, who has brought her husband there to get him "away from it all." Written by Don

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Possibly the goriest episode of the series
31 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A private eye, in search of a missing person, checks into a mysterious inn and finds that the innkeeper sells mysterious jars. One thing's for sure, they don't contain jam...

"Jar" is another episode that ranks amongst the finest this series has to offer and as an added bonus, it has quite possibly the goriest moment of the entire series. It also features a young, sexy Gina Gershon and the always creepy Fritz Weaver which can't hurt.

This episode can definitely keep you on the edge of your seat because of the mystery of what's in the jars and what happens when you open it. Unless you've read a synopsis of the episode before you watch it, you'll probably never guess. Of course, they do eventually let the audience see what's inside and the special effects are really amazing here as it depicts an absolutely gruesome death. It's just a shame that you only get to see it once.

The one thing that kept me from giving this episode a nine or ten is the fact that with the exception of the big jar-opening moment, this whole episode plays out like a spoof of some private-eye noir. The characters are a campy throwback to the old 50's private eye flicks: you've got the cool, collected gumshoe who's seen it all and the femme fatale who instantly has the hots for our hero and is clearly up to no good. Unfortunately, it seems like they're poking fun at the genre. Furthermore, the creepy, mysterious air of Fritz Weaver, the inn, and the jar-opening scene seem at odds with the spoofy feel of the rest of episode. I feel the episode would have been far more effective if they had just been normal people instead of caricatures from a Sam Spade mystery. The episode is too scary to have this much goofiness. I will say I liked the ending where it's implied that they both plan to try to off each other with the jar.

Overall, "Jar" is a great episode, one of the best. What perhaps keeps it from maybe being "the best" is the overall silliness that is conveyed through most of the episode. While some Monsters episodes did very well with comedy, this is one I felt didn't need it whatsoever. Still, it's well worth your time.


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