A man's girlfriend invites her unstable cousin to join their weekend camping trip.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host (archive footage)
Ray Lee
Highway Patrolman
Jonathon Hugger ...
Gas Station Attendant


Artist Zoe asks her caring boyfriend Scott to take her down-on-his-luck cousin Ray Lee with them on their camping trip. He begrudgingly agrees. At first, Scott tries to chat with moody Ray about his bad luck in life and Bruce Springsteen but that doesn't go anywhere. Zoe asks that they change their route and travel to a place in the desert called China Lake, instead. Scott protests but then gives in. They stop at a convenience store in the middle of nowhere to freshen up and buy more drinks. Angry religious sermon plays on the radio. Ray asks the store clerk to show him a gun from her gun cabinet. Scott hears gun shots and finds Ray with the gun standing over the dead clerk. Ray gives a nonsensical explanation and forces Scott to get in the jeep and continue their trip. Zoe agrees. Scott starts to puzzle things together and realizes that the whole trip was a ruse. Ray promises Scott that after they arrive at China Lake and get what they're going there for, they'll let Scott go. ...

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9 March 1986 (USA)  »

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One of the better re-makes
5 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor naive Scott. He's just been accepted to law school, and has big plans with his artsy, spaced out friend Zoe to go camping in the woods. Zoe, in the midst over her fawning over Scott, has some interesting news: her cousin from "back East", Ray, is coming over to the West Coast where they live to start over. Zoe knows that Ray's life has been a "Springsteen song" (a nice euphemism for "jailbait"), and maybe going on this trip would be good for him. Eventually, the smarmy Ray shows up, and they all begin their camping trip, and it's anything BUT normal. You see, Ray has left a stash of a whole lotta stolen money in an abandoned well smack dab in the sweltering desert, and Zoe (who's in on his scam) and Scott, poor naive Scott, is pretty much stuck in the midst of this. Let's just say that Ray does get his hands on the loot, but it's not his for long--Zoe's got it. And Ray's got the keys to the car. And Scott, poor naive Scott, is baking in the hot desert sun.

Hitch would've loved this installment, but for the fact that it's loaded with cheesy 80's excess. Be on the lookout for the famous Alfred Hitchcock profile on one of Zoe's paintings in her hallway next to her apartment door.

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