Monsters: Season 1, Episode 16

Their Divided Self (25 Feb. 1989)

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Dr. Blackman tries to counsel two heads on the same body that constantly fight with each other.

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James Self
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Robert Self
Karen Haber ...
Elegy Kaiser
Eyde Byrde ...
Velma (as Edye Byrde)
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Dr. Blackman tries to counsel two heads on the same body that constantly fight with each other.

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The gods of political correctness are not amused
29 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A psychiatrist tries to reconcile two Siamese twins that can't get along, but his intentions aren't exactly pure...

"Their Divided Self" would probably win the award for being the most offensive Monsters episode. Why you ask? The "monster" of this episode is a pair of Siamese (or conjoined, if you prefer) twins. I know people probably didn't think much about this back in the late 80's when it aired, but this is just so wrong to classify these people as monsters. As if that weren't enough, the episode stars the guy who played Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley. If I close my eyes, I can still hear his whiny nasal "Hello" echoing in my brain.

Once you get past the politically incorrect nature of this episode, you'll realize it just isn't very good. It doesn't have any of the elements that have made most of the other episodes of this series at least partly watchable: it doesn't have the gore of a "Jar" or "Match Game," it doesn't have the creepiness of a "Space Eaters" or "Waiting Game." It doesn't even have the comedy of a "Demons" or "Zombie Lover," or the raw emotion of a "Glim-Glim" or "Outpost." It just has two twins in the same body bickering. Oh, and I almost forgot, they kill the shrink at the end in a meager attempt to establish them as some kind of monster.

The ending of this episode really seemed rushed and out of left field. In the last two minutes, the good doctor suddenly reveals that he wants to get famous off the brothers which is fine, but he just brings it up out of nowhere. Then you're barely given time to take this news in before the brothers decide to throw him out the window. Yeah, this is a normal reaction. It seemed like the writers were trying too hard to inject some irony to validate this as a horror anthology episode. There's also a love interest that's explored briefly earlier in the episode but it's not given enough time for you to care about it.

Stay away from this one, if for no other reason than to discourage the perception that conjoined twins are monsters. But if that doesn't bother you, here's another reason: it stinks.


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