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"The Hitchhiker" Man's Best Friend (1985)

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The Hitchhiker--Man's Best Friend

Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
18 April 2013

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Richard is basically a basket case the moment we see him and this episode of The Hitchhiker details his maddening descent as an off-screen body count (established in news reports, such as the newspaper and radio) results from his befriending a white dog that shows up one night while he is flatting at a pal's apartment. The pal is off to NYC and Richard has plenty of blame to go around in regards to his failed marriage to Eleanor (Jennifer Cooke) with those he considers (through a delusion created by his worsening mental state) at fault victimized by the seemingly blood-thirsty dog. We never see Richard in a psychologically healthy state and as the episode continues he takes on a "canine personality". His buddy, Carl, returns to find his apartment ransacked and in a state of disarray, as if a dog had camped out and had its way. Seeing Jennifer Cooke's tits stunned me as I was expecting her to be afraid to bare them. People will know her from "V" & "Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives", but Cooke's role here is minimal at best. Michael O'Keefe (many will recognize him from "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") is in every scene just about and he's just nuts from the get-go. I never could relate to his plight as I completely understood why Cooke's Eleanor would want to divorce his ass. He's not mentally sound. The whole conclusion is so obvious. Nah, this episode of The Hitchhiker did nothing for me, personally, although Jennifer Cooke is a babe who deserved more time in the episode. When the dog is worked up, and bloody, it is ferocious. O'Keefe's performance is all over the place.

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Okay and entertaining, but I didn't like the ending.

Author: Danny Blankenship from Petersburg, Virginia
1 August 2007

This episode of "The Hitchhiker" titled "Man's Best Friend" is okay and entertaining, yet it's supernatural and mysterious plus I didn't really like it's ending. You have Michael O' Keefe as a man named Richard who's overworked and stressed out on his job only to one day return to his apartment to have his wife decide it's enough and she throws him out! So the only hope and friend that he finds is after upon moving into a friend's place he meets a mystery dog. Yet the dog takes over his evil feelings and attitude and one by one haunts and brings revenge on Richard's enemies! Only I didn't like how this episode ends, I guess friendships aren't forever this was entertaining, but not one of the series stronger episodes.

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entertaining despite a conclusion you see coming from a mile away

Author: movieman_kev from United States
1 July 2007

Richard Shepard (Micheal O'Keefe) crashes at his friend's place after his wife kicks him out. His friend has to leave for New York, but Rich is not alone as he finds a mysterious dog that does his murderous bidding. He also goes bat-spit insane for no apparent reason. I enjoyed this episode even if the 'suprise' reveal was a foregone conclusion and could be figured out rather early on. Still the acting is good and it's fun enough to be one of the better episodes of the series. This is one of the episodes that can be found on Volume 1 of the US release of the Hitchhiker. It also has optional commentary by Director Phillip Noyce & Lewis Chesler (who produced 2 episodes of the series, but neither one of them is this, so I don't really get his inclusion)

My Grade: B-

Eye Candy: Jennifer Cooke gets topless

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Compelling episode

Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
31 March 2011

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Down on his luck yuppie Richard Shepard (a fine and credible performance by Michael O'Keefe) crashes at his buddy Carl's swanky seaside abode after he gets thrown out of his house by his fed-up wife Eleanor (nicely played by fetching blonde Jennifer Cooke). Richard develops a strong bond with a mysterious large white dog who not only becomes his new best friend, but also kills anyone who angers Richard. Director Phillip Noyce, working from an absorbing script by Nevin Schreiner, relates the involving story at a steady pace, builds a considerable amount of tension, and makes the most out of the remote beachside setting. O'Keefe's potent acting really holds this episode together; his character's grim descent into madness and despair is both painful and harrowing to watch. Thomas Burstyn's polished cinematography provides an attractive bright look and boasts lots of fluid mobile prowling camera-work. Michel Rubini's moody score further adds to the edgy suspense. The surprise twist ending is pretty predictable, but still chilling and effective just the same. Worth a watch for fans of this show.

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