Strange, crude, creepy, tingling, and sadistic episode that's one of the most memorable of the series.
"Joker" a 1987 episode from "The Hitchhiker" series is in my opinion one of the most memorable and well crafted episodes for the way it was written and for one the strange and twisted story it tells. Timothy Bottoms stars as Peter a man who's lost his mind and soul and gone on the crazy side after he tells his doctors at the institution that's his ex wife Melissa has destroyed him when he was thrown out. The episode then takes off and is told thru the point of view of Peter as it tells the past thru flashbacks of his pranks and attempted mental torture of his ex love. Only the woman he knew as Melissa has changed her name and identity to a red headed lady now named Theresa. Theresa(Kelly Lynch) is an independent successful fashion designer who lives in a spacious apartment seeking new life and love especially from a co worker named Alan(Jeff McCracken) yet the disturbances start from fake birthday parties to strange presents appearing at home to the very cruel and sadistic prank of Theresa and Alan being duct taped at gun point by Peter in the dark of her work place one evening and it ends as a big joke by Peter spraying water from a toy gun! Yet Peter finally meets his competence as Melissa knows how to play to her old tricks and escape and drive Peter over the edge. Really a great episode proving that many jokes backfire and it raised awareness to the stalker problems that women were facing. Very memorable and creepy well worth a watch many times.
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