Amazing Stories: Season 2, Episode 2

Miscalculation (29 Sep. 1986)

TV Episode  |  PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
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Nerdy collegiate Phil unsuccessfully tries every trick in the book to meet girls. Then he discovers a potion that makes gorgeous magazine pin-ups spring to life.


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Episode cast overview:
Bert (as Jeffrey Jay Cohen)
Ms. Allure
Galyn Görg ...
Ms. Eyeful
Catherine Gilmour ...
Ms. Awesome
Elisabeth de Turenne ...
Ms. Laura
Rebecca Schaeffer ...
Miss Crowningshield
Wynonna Smith ...
Penelope Sudrow ...
Mousy Girl
Harry Woolf ...
Dr. Blitz
Al Lampkin ...
Cop #1
Alden Millikan ...
Cop #2


Nerdy collegiate Phil unsuccessfully tries every trick in the book to meet girls. Then he discovers a potion that makes gorgeous magazine pin-ups spring to life. Written by Anonymous

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Two of the actresses in this fantasy were coincidentally later murdered in real life Hollywood: Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989 and Lana Clarkson in 2003. Schaeffer played one of the lead character's classmates, while Clarkson played one of the magazine pin-up models who came to life. See more »

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Like a bad episode of "Weird Science" combined with "The Wizard of Oz".
23 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Jon Cryer plays a complete creep. His dorm room is covered in pinup pictures and he's forever making obnoxious remarks to women to try to pick them up--with predictable results. However, this nasty little creep accidentally creates a formula which causes living creatures from photos to come to life. At first, he does this with a dog and later he manages to bring sexy ladies to life--and inexplicably they want him. Unfortunately for him, it never quite works out correctly and they soon melt--much like the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz".

This episode appears to be a bad knockoff of "Weird Science"--which is a bad film. So, ripping off crap is a sure sign of what the quality is of this show. All in all, a rather unappealing episode filled with bad acting, poor direction and a dopey script. It's as if the show was created by a group of 7th grade boys...horny 7th grade boys.

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