Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Tom Arnold plays a high energy, wheeler-dealer, workaholic, who has pretty much ignored his family. His wife and children are nothing to brag about. His wife is a budding alcoholic, his son is a video game playing jerk, and his daughter is working her way up in the floozie universe. One night after everyone has gone to bed, he sees an add for a Gideon robot, a free thirty-day trial. This will take care of his long suffering spouse, leaving him to work and leave them at home. Of course, the thing comes in, does all the work, and displaces him as the father. When he decides he wants back in, there are big problems. This has been done before on this series, on the Ray Bradbury Theater (Marionettes, Inc.), and the Twilight Zone. It is really a story about selfishness (in some cases, greed), but the bottom line is that nothing that easy is going to turn out well. It's entertaining, but we pretty much know from the start what is going to happen.
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