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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Episode cast overview:
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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If only they had botox back then
3 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bookstore owner who desperately wants to get the attention of a male customer decides to sell all her books to a mysterious stranger for a new face. Sometimes, though, you don't really know what you've got until it's gone...

"The Bargain" is a boring, boring episode. It moves along at a snail's pace and watching it feels like an eternity. Saying it has a monster is a bit of a stretch as well because it's really just a regular woman with scars all over her face. The name of the episode is really appropriate as the sets look cheap and must have been the real "bargain."

The characters are really poor here. The bookstore owner is portrayed to be unattractive. While she's not covergirl material, I certainly didn't think she was ugly. They try to make her up to look homely but it doesn't quite work. Fine, whatever. If they can build up the rather plain woman in "The Farmer's Daughter" to be this gorgeous beauty, then I guess they can do the opposite too.

The object of her affection isn't much too look at. Moreover, he doesn't seem like he has a lot going for him. I spent the entire episode wondering what she could possibly see in this man. Watching him was about as interesting as watching paint dry.

The last character of the episode is the enigmatic woman who sells her the face. When the bookstore owner confronts her about using the face for herself, she says she's not interested, but yet she's perfectly fine stealing her old face and using that.

Then there's the face itself. The whole idea of wanting a new face simply doesn't jive. What good is a new face gonna do if it's on the same body? What's more, she doesn't look any different with it on so they put a laughably fake blonde wig on her and dress her up provocatively. As a final touch, the dumb TV repairman she pines for doesn't even recognize her.

The ending is OK considering everything else. The only problem I had was stated before: the mystery woman steals the bookstore owner's old face and uses it to steal her man because he really liked her all along. Why was that face OK to steal and not the one she sold? How could she have known that the guy liked the old face too?

"The Bargain" is a confusing, contradictory jumbled mess that tries to say something meaningful about accepting our inner beauty but falls short. Just stay away from it altogether.

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