Desperate to lose weight in order to please an old boyfriend from high school, compulsive eater Betsy Cowland uses mysterious, and possibly unsafe, products that she receives in the mail.



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Episode cast overview:
Sharon Madden ...
Betsy Cowland
Elmo Shroud
Diana Hale ...
John Romo ...
Catherine Battistone ...
Voice-Over (voice)
Neil Kinsella ...
Voice-Over (voice)
Paul Sparer ...
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Betsy is a kind woman who happens to be a binge-eater; her life revolves around food although she hates the way she's become and dreams of a skinny life. When her high school sweetheart comes back to town she feels young all over again, but her weight keeps her from being the outgoing person she once was - until services from a mysteriously sinister weight loss company give her more than she bargained for, including advice from her own vice, the food itself. Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

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21 February 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the series best episodes. A morality tale that brings attention to the vices of eating!
11 May 2008 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I remember this episode as a kid and it's clearly one of the better ones that "TFTD" put out. Clearly it's a morality tale of guilt and it showcases that the love of eating and being overweight is bad. It's a tale of Betsy Cowland(Sharon Madden)a lonely California lady who works out of her apartment as a telemarketer and all she has to live for is her plant collection and her main joy is the love of eating food especially junk food. Then one day a strange phone call comes from a company called "Your Weight is Over" and they promise the best that is Betsy will see the results and defeat her love of food. The first gift from them thru mail is a hearing aid that once Betsy puts in her ear she hears the screams and cries from food! As it's evident when people eat the food suffers it's pain by being eaten up. Betsy soon develops a guilt complex feeling sorry as she sees all food products as unlucky prey. Yet her motivation is more than guilt as she plans to trim down to please an old high school friend Elmo(Larry Gelman)who's arrived in town to start up a romance. Then when the next gift arrives it proves to much as a pair of eye glasses show Betsy the real world as food is just like real humans! The scenes of the talking pear, banana, and apple was just so neat and clever! As from this talk with her fruits has convinced Betsy to reach a cruel and wicked end in which she will never be hungry or feel guilty about eating to much food again! Really a clever and well done episode it's such a morality tale to make one feel guilty about gluttony and it proves eating to much is a vice, clearly it's one of the better episodes of this old classic legendary series.

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