Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery 

Newt and Marcie are driving through the desert and stop off at a gas station. They are told by Harry, the proprietor, that their car is in need of extensive repairs and suggest that, while ... See full summary »

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Newt and Marcie are driving through the desert and stop off at a gas station. They are told by Harry, the proprietor, that their car is in need of extensive repairs and suggest that, while he fixes it, they have a meal at his wife's cafe. When the couple are presented with the bill for the repairs and the meal they are shocked at the expense, declaring it "nothin' short of highway robbery". The tables are about to be turned because Newt and his wife were on a journey to do something highly illegal and they have come prepared. Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 July 1985 (UK)  »

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Warren Oates' final role. See more »

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You watch this one with a lump in your throat.
22 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Newt and Marcie are out driving through the baron roads of the desert, they manage to reach a remote garage, where Harry fills up the car with his overpriced petrol and tells them that the engine is in real trouble and close to breaking. They agree to his repairs, and dine in the local café, run by Harry's wife. The couple are being taken for a ride, but are more then ready.

Having Roald Dahl's introduction was a definite attempt to regain the thread with the earlier series, the US made episodes in Series 7 were atrocious on the whole, but the last episode 'in the cards,' showed with good writing, and a serious take on the story it can work out particularly well.

This episode was another well made US episode, a truly interesting storyline with some cracking twists, fantastic performances, Warren Oates is just wonderful as Harry, a truly serious and charismatic performance. It looks great too, it's really well filmed, the location work looks fantastic. Easily the best US Tales episode.

8/10


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