Amazing Stories: Season 2, Episode 15

The 21-Inch Sun (2 Feb. 1987)

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Struggling sitcom writer Billy Burliss is suddenly the toast of television, thanks to the typing tendrils of his script-writing spider plant, Lucy - which is fed only by the rays of a ... See full summary »

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Billy Burliss
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Mr. Marvin
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Dick Castel
Robert Starr
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Woman Actor
Alan Solomon ...
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Richard Chudnow ...
Castel's Assistant
Jeremy Iacone ...
Italian Man
Alec Murdock ...
Man #2
Caroline Parton ...
Woman
Charlene Nelson ...
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Jim Nelson ...
2nd Assistant
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Personal Secretary (as Jean Pflieger)
Lisa London ...
Secretary #1
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Struggling sitcom writer Billy Burliss is suddenly the toast of television, thanks to the typing tendrils of his script-writing spider plant, Lucy - which is fed only by the rays of a black-and-white TV set. Written by Anonymous

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Enlightened by TV
4 June 2007 | by (muenster, germany) – See all my reviews

Billy is a teleplay writer. He is low on money and the rent is due. Luckily, he gets a commission from a producer to write a sitcom episode

  • but it has to be completed by the next morning. Billy tries to do it,
but after a while he realizes he won't make it and goes to bed. However, the next morning he finds a complete script next to his typewriter. The producer likes it and Billy gets more commissions. He finds out that his plant has typed the script with its long leaves. He wonders how the plant could do it. He looks up that kind of plant in an encyclopedia. It tells him that the plant needs much sunlight - and it probably doesn't get enough near the typewriter - but there's a 21-inch sun near the typewriter, too: Billy's TV set. Will the plant make Billy a rich man?

When I read the title of this episode, I thought it would be some mysterious sci-fi story. I was a bit disappointed because it is basically comedy with only a little bit of mystery or sci-fi. However, the basic idea (the enlightened plant) is really funny in my opinion. (And I liked that Billy speaks to his plant even before it writes the script for him. Maybe it wanted to reward him for being so nice to it.) But I think there should have been more good jokes. I liked some of the other episodes better because I think they are funnier, for example 'Go to the Head of the Class' (#2.8), or have more mystery, for example 'Thanksgiving' (#2.9).

However, I liked the acting and the special effects, and (as I've said before) the basic idea, so this is still an o.k. episode in my opinion.


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