Monsters: Season 3, Episode 24

The Moving Finger (26 Apr. 1991)

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Howard (Tom Noonan), a CPA hears a strange sound one night when his wife goes out for ice cream and follows it to find a finger coming out of his drain... See full synopsis »


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Episode credited cast:
Alice Playten
Sharon Cornell
Richard B. Shull ...
Radio announcer (voice)
Anne Byrne ...
Game contestant (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Weil ...
Neighbor (voice)


Howard (Tom Noonan), a CPA hears a strange sound one night when his wife goes out for ice cream and follows it to find a finger coming out of his drain... See full synopsis »

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Howard: I like game shows, but you know there's one question they never ask, you know all these terrible things, like murder and robbery, ya know and fingers in the drain happen to nicest people.
Howard: that's a bad idea
[to police officer opening toilet]
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I have a finger to show the makers of this episode
8 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man discovers a mysterious finger coming out of his bathroom sink. How can he get rid of it and what about the other four...

"The Moving Finger" is another one I just didn't get. It's based on a short story by Stephen King and some of his stuff can be quite strange so I guess it's only fitting that this one left me scratching my head. This would sadly be Monsters final episode.

The main problem is that the creators couldn't seem to figure out whether this was comedy or horror. While the thought of a living finger coming out your drain sounds quite scary the show contradicts itself by routinely playing silly cartoon noises. The interactions between the couple who live in the apartment are somewhat comical and just the very sight of Tom Noonan's 6'6" gangly frame up against his short, stumpy wife is enough to give you a chuckle. Even when he snaps and tries to sever the finger with a chainsaw it is unintentionally hilarious. At this point I might as well have been watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon. If this wasn't meant to be a comedy, they failed miserably.

The story is just off-the-wall and unbelievable. The finger appears for no reason and the man does not all seem concerned that it's there. Nobody else does either. Only when it tries to "grab" him (in another cartoonish sequence) does he decide that it's really a problem. Then he, of course, gets to thinking about the other four fingers on a hand and all the other places they might come out.

The ending is lousy and just leaves things hanging. The police officer (another inexplicable comedic performance) gets pulled into the toilet by the hand, which is missing one finger and seems to be normal size despite the fact that one of the fingers just made it all the way up his drain.

I couldn't figure out what they were going for here. Where did the finger come from? How did the hand magically change in size? Why didn't they just move out? It's really sad that this had to be Monsters final episode. It truly deserved better.

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