Fear Itself: Season 1, Episode 3

Family Man (19 Jun. 2008)

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Dennis Mahoney is an All-American dad: successful, loving, and all-around good guy. All that changes after a car accident leaves him hanging between life and death. He finds his way back to... See full summary »

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Richard 'Family Man' Brautigan
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Dennis Mahoney is an All-American dad: successful, loving, and all-around good guy. All that changes after a car accident leaves him hanging between life and death. He finds his way back to life... only to wake up in the body of a serial killer named Richard Brautigan, a.k.a. "The Family Man Killer." Even worse is that Brautigan is now in Mahoney's body. With time running out, Dennis must find a way to save his family from Brautigan's murderous intent before he is executed in Brautigan's place. Written by bioguyver43

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When Dennis Mahoney is leaving the house and his daughter says "I'm going to color a picture for you daddy" she is coloring with pink marker. The next second the pink disappears from the coloring book, the marker is nowhere to be seen and she is coloring with green. See more »

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Solid as I didn't expect it to be.
19 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Finally, the first great episode of Fear Itself. After a mediocre first episode, and an average second one, The Family Man is really the one I was waiting for. Who would've thought that Ronny Yu (Freddy Vs Jason), would make such a great episode? I know I f*king didn't.

The Family Man is your usual body swap plot idea, but with a Horrifying twist. Dennis is your typical good guy, living the American dream, with a good job, and a cute wife and kids. While going to work on a Sunday, an unexpected car crash occurs, leaving him a bloody mess. Turns out the accident was caused by a serial killer nicknamed The Family Man. When Dennis meets this Family Man in the hospital, he learns that both of them actually died minutes ago. Several moments later, Dennis is awakened, only to find out that he is in the body of the killer. And the killer, well, you probably know by now. The script is actually well done; I don't have any complaints. The dialog, especially the exchanges between The Family Man and Dennis are actually good. The way the Family Man handles things while being in Dennis's body is bold, very intense interactions with the wife and kids. I'm really surprised at some of the things that NBC showed in this one, very good. And the ending...fantastic. Predictable to some degree, yes. But I loved it; the way a Horror movie should end with this type of context, and not with some hollywoodized happy ending.

The acting in this episode is very surprising, but not from Clifton Collin's standpoint, he is as great as always (the guy is heavily underrated), but from Colin Ferguson. The change between being a loving Christian devoted parent and husband, to a p*ssed off psychotic is very impressive. The kids are also good.

In the end, this is a great episode, directed by Ronny Yu out of all people (he was made great Kung Fu movies, but mediocre American movies). For some reason, seeing James Roday in next weeks episode as a killer is really, really ridiculous. But, we'll just have to see. The Family Man is the best episode yet, a solid 8.


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