Monsters: Season 2, Episode 23

The Bargain (27 May 1990)

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A lonely bookstore owner goes to extreme lengths to transform her appearance in order to woo a handsome customer.



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Sarah / Mandy
Kevin Geer ...
Carmen (as Sharon Schlarth)


A lonely bookstore owner goes to extreme lengths to transform her appearance in order to woo a handsome customer.

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Boring romantic story
17 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another boring "bargain with the Devil" type story from the MONSTERS TV show. In this effort, a shy young woman (Kim Greist, from Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL) works as a book shop owner. One day she falls in love with a male customer, but he blanks her, so she has a visit with a witch who promises to improve her beauty...for a price.

Most of the episode plays out as a twee fantasy story with some sappy romantic scenes, so it's a surprise that actor Tom Noonan (MANHUNTER) made all the effort to write and direct such a forgettable story. Things do kick up a gear for the climax, but this story was played out so many times (in this show, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, etc.) that THE BARGAIN needed to be something really special to stand out. It isn't.

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