Janet is married to a doctor who's married to his work. She wants to live her life with passion, danger, and romance like Fuchsia Monroe, a soap opera character she watches religiously. When her television goes haywire, her friend Louise convinces her to get cable. With her husband unresponsive to her "needs," she begins a steamy affair with the cable guy. Written by
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This story deals with a woman's fascination with soap operas and the cable guy who comes to fix her TV and her loneliness. There is quite a bit of self-reference to cable-TV, as this series appeared on cable - HBO - in the early days of original programming on that medium (1989-1996). When Janet's TV picture goes out, Louise convinces her to get cable. "The picture is so much better. Plus, you get HBO and everything. It would really improve the quality of your life." Janet protests that her husband, Leon, thinks cable is frivolous. Louise persists: "What? CNN frivolous? C-Span frivolous? The Weather Channel frivolous? Hah! I think not!" Later, Leon walks into the bedroom and finds the cable guy and Janet standing by the TV. He asks what's going on, and Abel explains that he had to come back to "check out the equipment". (This script is overflowing with puns.) When he switches on the set, we hear the Crypt Keeper laughing maniacally, and see the opening title for "Tales from the Crypt". Leon barks, "Turn that off." Abel complies. See more
Weren't you watching?
Of course, I was watching upstairs on the television until the damn picture went out.
Janet, when are you going to join the rest of us in the 20th century and get cable? The picture is so much better. Plus, you get HBO and everything. It would really improve the quality of your life.
References Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Crypt Theme
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