Tales from the Darkside: Season 2, Episode 23

Fear of Floating (25 May 1986)

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At an Army recruiting station in Arizona, Arnold Barker asks for protection from the Cooper's, who are trying to hold him hostage as "The Human Balloon" in their circus. But the Cooper's are nearby and have a different story to tell.

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Arnold Barker (as Howard Sherman)
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Cpl. Marcia Smith
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Betty Ann Cooper / Good Time Rita
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At an Army recruiting station in Arizona, Arnold Barker asks for protection from the Cooper's, who are trying to hold him hostage as "The Human Balloon" in their circus. But the Cooper's are nearby and have a different story to tell.

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The uniforms of the two Army recruiters are completely out of regulation. They are wearing no name tags or insignia of any kind other than their rank, one of which isn't even an Army rank. Also the Corporal has her sleeves rolled up. See more »

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Enjoyable idiosyncratic episode
14 February 2014 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Compulsive liar Arnold Barker (nicely played to the slippery hilt by Sherman Howard) seeks refuge at an army recruitment center. It turns out that Arnold suffers from an unusual condition that causes him to float like a balloon whenever he tells a lie. Director John Lewis, working from an offbeat and inspired script by Donald Wollner, relates the funny oddball story at a snappy pace and milks a sizable number of laughs from the amusing sense of quirky humor. The loopy premise keeps one interested throughout before eventually culminating in a hilariously nasty (and gory) surprise ending. Moreover, it's acted with zest by an enthusiastic cast: Anne Lange as the sweet Cpl. Marcia Smith, Leon Russom as the eager Sgt. Buzz Caldwell, Yeardley Smith as the pregnant Betty Ann Cooper, and John Ridge as Betty Ann's angry dad. A real hoot.


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