Monsters: Season 1, Episode 17

Taps (4 Mar. 1989)

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A woman kills her boyfriend then dismembers him, but his leg gets revenge.


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Episode cast overview:
Mary Jo Keenen ...
Suzy St. Claire
Gary Gregory
Dan Frazer ...


A woman kills her boyfriend then dismembers him, but his leg gets revenge.

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[Mary begins to cut Greg's body up with an electric knife]
Suzy St. Claire: [holds dismembered hand] Let's have a hand for Gary Gregory.
[holds up an arm and a leg]
Suzy St. Claire: Just letting me out of that contract cost you an arm and a leg, huh?
[continues struggling with the electric knife]
Suzy St. Claire: I always said I'd be a hack actress, but all I really need are some good parts.
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Gotta dance
29 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A woman wants to give up dancing to pursue acting but her boyfriend is unwilling to let her go so she kills him and chops his body into little pieces, but after all is said and done, it would seem that he still has a leg up on her...

If you're watching "Taps" because you're expecting an episode centered around military funerals, you're going to be disappointed. If not, prepare to laugh your butt of at this one. It is silly, over the top, and makes no apologies for it. After all, the incomparable Larry Charles, who would go on to have a hand in producing the holy grail of sitcoms, Seinfeld, co-wrote this one (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

The other writer is David Misch, who penned another comedic Monsters episode "My Zombie Lover." Unlike "Zombie Lover," "Taps" is played strictly for laughs and lacks the touching moments that it's predecessor had. Once again, that's not necessarily a strike against it. Some people don't seem to like this one though. I guess they must be purists who believe that comedy has no place in horror anthology. Oh well.

This episode throws more one-liners at you than a performance by Henny Youngman. The acting is intentionally overdone with heavy emphasis on punchlines. All this actually works to its advantage. The tongue is firmly planted in cheek here. I always found Mary Jo Keenen to be annoying as Julie on "Nurses," but here, she's hilarious. Even as goofy as this episode tried to be, I still couldn't buy into her getting beaten up and subdued by one leg. Then again, I supposed the episode probably wouldn't have worked without this happening.

"Taps" is another in the long line of Monsters that is highly misunderstood. It's not scary and it's not supposed to be. The overall silliness might be too much for some, but if you enjoy a good laugh I recommended not passing this one up.

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