Fantasy Island: Season 3, Episode 19

The Swinger/Terrors of the Mind (9 Feb. 1980)

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A middle-aged divorced man wants to be the swinging single he didn't get to be in his younger days; and a young woman requests the power to see into her future.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Ward
Stan Burns
Maxine Dodge
Sharon Sanders
Stephen McNally ...
Emmett Slate
Herman Dodge
Eric Mason ...
Pit Boss
Tony Giorgio ...
Ed Ruffalo ...
Hot Dog
Suzanne Copeland ...
Heather Hewitt ...


A middle-aged divorced man wants to be the swinging single he didn't get to be in his younger days; and a young woman requests the power to see into her future.

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Philly idol shines!
25 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't exactly call Frankie Avalon's performance legendary by any means, but he does stand out as a man who falls for Lisa Hartman's character, and she has a dangerous fantasy to look into the future. It's fairly obvious that he looks much older than, as he is actually 17 years older than her in real life! If you can overlook that, "Terrors of the Mind" is the better of the 2 stories, and has that "darker" factor which I prefer for this show. Without giving too much away, one of the final scenes at the darkened church and cemetery, where she thinks she'll get murdered, was my favorite moment of this episode. Avalon showed some decent acting chops, rather than a goofy beach bum, and he made the most out of his scenes. The other story was the typical plot of an aging divorced man, played by Howard Morris, looking to get lucky with the ladies; look for familiar faces in Anne Francis, Jack Carter, and Judy Landers. This segment was a bit better than I thought, but not that much better, although it was enjoyable to an extant. The disco music was simply awful, and that must be mentioned too.

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