Bookie Tom Vale never refuses a bet. Bettor Bill Lacey only bets long shots and beats impossible odds each time. Lacey's latest bet is that Vale will die of natural causes by 8:00 am tomorrow.
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Bookie Tom Vale never refuses a bet. Bettor Bill Lacey only bets long shots and beats impossible odds each time. Lacey's latest bet is that Vale will die of natural causes by 8:00 am tomorrow.

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Effective two-hander
23 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Quite a few of these '80s fantasy-themed TV shows have episodes centred around gambling where the players end up battling for their very souls. THE ODDS is a similar sort of episode, except this one's basically a two-hander between Danny Aiello and the creepy Tom Noonan. Aiello plays a lifetime gambler and Noonan is the guy who shows up and makes a bet that Aiello will die of natural causes during the night. Cue a tense waiting game as the two players wait to see what happens.

This is an effective story that benefits from an exceptional performance from the likable Aiello as the guy who can't resist one final bet and a typically creepy turn from the imposing Tom Noonan. The production values are as cheap as ever for this show but for once the low budget and single location works to make this ever more claustrophobic.


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