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"Trying Times" A Family Tree (1987)

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Beth Henley (writer)
Budge Threlkeld (writer)
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Original Air Date:
18 October 1987 (Season 1, Episode 1)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Rosanna Arquette ... Kara Dimley

John Stockwell ... Maxwell Fletcher

Hope Lange ... Frances Fletcher

David Byrne ... Byron
Robert Ridgely ... Marlin Fletcher
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Allison
John Steadman ... Grandpa Buckshot

Brandon Call ... Reggie

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Beth Henley  writer
Budge Threlkeld  writer

Cinematography by
Tony C. Jannelli 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nancy King .... second assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
David M. Dunlap .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Gary Shaw .... colorist

Series Crew
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Produced by
Steve Faigenbaum .... coordinating producer
Original Music by
Eric Allaman 
Cinematography by
Henner Hofmann 
Film Editing by
Ruth Foster 
Craig McKay 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis M. White .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Hartig .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Taggart Lee .... assistant camera
Other crew
Emilia Arau .... production coordinator
Steve Housewright .... dga intern (as Steven E. Housewright)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Funny - This Is What I Have Been Trying To Find To Review, 15 December 2006
Author: richard.fuller1

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

When I watched "Boogie Nights" and saw Robert Ridgely, I thought, well, he was the father in that program with Rosanna Arquette (about the best I have ever seen her, normally I don't like her), David Byrne (too hilarious as the brother-in-law), Hope Lange, Tracey Brooks Swope and Brandon Call, but all attempts to review it couldn't bring up anything with these performers.

Finally tracked it down.

Arquette was the new girlfriend, fiancée of the son, John Stockwell (as dull as they come). Right off the bat, she was doing bad.

She dropped Hope Lange's wedding ring down the garbage disposal.

As Ridgely sought to get it out, sticking his hand down the drain, Arquette turns on the lights to see better! Yep, it was the switch activating the disposal.

So here we go.

Dinner was interesting as Byrne, as the brother-in-law, made lewd gestures toward Arquette with the cigar in his mouth.

Byrne saved himself a piece of pie. Arquette, lying in bed, coudln't stand it, so she went to get that tantalizing piece of pie and eat it herself.

Then she went back to bed, only to hear loud screaming later on.

She runs to the kitchen to find Byrne, in his underwear, yelling about the missing piece of pie. Obviously his son, Brandon Call, ate it.

"That kid hates me!" he screamed.

As Arquette sought to quiet him down and tell him she ate the pie, he lunges at her.

In walks his wife, Tracey Brooks Swope.

Apparently he does stuff like this all the time.

Byrne and Swope leave, so Arquette decides she will go out and buy another pie, making Byrne happy.

Upon her return, the house was on fire.

Don't recall what she did to cause the fire, I think she threw the empty pie plate and Byrne's cigar in the garbage can and this is what caused the fire.

They all ended happily.

The insurance compensated the parents, Swope left Byrne, grandpa went to a nice home (he seemed content) and Arquette married Stockwell.

Wonderful little program, rare to see some of these on TV at this time.

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