Monsters: Season 3, Episode 16

The Waiting Room (13 Jan. 1991)

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Lisa Waltz
(as Christian LeBlanc)
Denise Gentile


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Some things aren't worth waiting for
8 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man takes his son and his new wife to the same secluded inn where he spent his honeymoon but he's not exactly doing it out of the kindness of his heart...

I don't know what it was about "The Waiting Room", but it gave me the willies. It's not a scary episode in the traditional sense. There's no blood, gore, or violence, nobody even dies in it. There was just something about the woman and the room that gave me the chills every time I saw it. Both seemed very harmless on the surface but still very disturbing.

Not to be confused with the vastly superior "The Waiting Game," in "The Waiting Room" we're treated to another bizarre plot (is there really any other kind on this show?) involving a mysterious room that exists in some kind of other dimension and can only be accessed under certain circumstances. It sounds outlandish but they make it work.

With such a strange concept, it's not without its share of problems. We never find out where this woman came from, how she ended up in this room, or why it's in this particular inn. Based on a later explanation, I got the feeling she was a succubus of some sort though it's merely speculation. Once Benjamin sleeps with her, she starts appearing to him outside of the inn and we never find out why she now has the power to appear in other rooms. We're never told why he chose to wait until his son got married before trying to sacrifice him to the mystery woman. The daughter-in-law carries on a conversation with her despite the fact that she can't see her and we're also supposed to believe that no one else can hear them talking despite being in the next room. The worst part of all is that it features a flashback with no age makeup or younger actors. Are we really supposed to believe that John Saxon looked exactly the same twenty years ago?

I really can't rate how well the monster looks in this episode because we only see it in the very last few seconds and it's a profile shot, so most of it is obscured. It's described as being "half-human, half-nightmare" and what little we see looks pretty beastly, thus it lends slight credibility to my whole "succubus" theory,I guess.

When it comes down to it, I wouldn't have rated this episode so high except for the fact that it really stuck with me. Just the idea of being trapped in a room that no one else can see or get to bothered me. The mysterious woman also had a stalker vibe to her that got under my skin. Those things are probably what saved it for me.

Though I can easily distinguish between this episode and the "The Waiting Game," one unusual after-effect is that someone has credited both John Saxon and Lisa Waltz to being in both episodes. I don't think this is correct. Some people have said that they thought Saxon was disguised in heavy vampire makeup in "Game," and I guess I'd have to really look closely to be sure but I know Lisa Waltz was not in that episode.

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