Chain smoker Frank Bigalow is imprisoned in a simulacrum of his apartment, then forced to quit smoking and punished each time he lights up.



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Frank Bigalow
Dr. Synapsis
Howard Dayton ...
Catherine Battistone ...
Paul Sparer ...
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In the spirit of the anti-smoking propaganda popular in the 1980's, Bigalow's Last Smoke introduces Frank Bigalow. Frank is a pretty nice guy but a chronic chain-smoker, hoping to quit but finding himself a prisoner of his indulgences. When he wakes up one morning he finds himself trapped in a surreal copy of his own hope, but this new copy-home is secretly an anti-tobacco trap, and Frank discovers that he'll be tortured into quitting his cigarette addictions. Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

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9 June 1985 (USA)  »

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Bigalow is trapped inside a simulacrum (duplicate) of his apartment, unable to leave until he determines to quit smoking. There is a small hole in the wall through which he hears (but cannot see) Mr Matthews, who seems to be in a situation similar to his. Bigalow has one cigarette, but no matches. Matthews says he has matches, but needs a cigarette, and offers to trade a match for a cigarette. Bigalow says, "It's a terrible trade. What do I need a cigarette for if I don't have a match?" Logically, as the one who would be giving up the cigarette and getting the match, he should have rejected the trade by saying, "What do I need a match for if I don't have a cigarette?" See more »


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Neat and clever. It proves a talking TV and prison type walls bring out guilt and it drives a man insane!
27 August 2008 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This "TFTD" episode titled "Bigalow's Last Smoke" has a neat idea and the concept is clever, though it doesn't really have a big ending or anything it just proves the old moral right that when a person does bad vices like smoking the guilt he feels from hearing criticism can drive them insane! Richard Romanus is Bigalow a man who's single and lives by himself in an apartment, and he's a heavy smoker then one day when he awakes and on the TV a talking man appears telling him about the dangers of his vice and it drives Bigalow to the edge as he's getting close to quitting yet fighting the temptation is hard. It's neat as the episode shows how his character feels trapped inside a prison as the apartment walls have bars behind them! It ends as an ongoing saga as soon as the smoking problem is kicked the talking voice has plans to start on the next problem! Overall good clever and neat episode not much drama or suspense to it though still it's worth a watch.

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