What would you do if you had an evil twin? One that caused nothing but trouble and let you take all the blame? Yeah, we've all been there at one time or another, and a particular incident that befell the Jetsons and their friends, was no exception. It all began with Judy unsuccessfully trying to make a clay Astro, while the poor dog was forced to pose. Maybe the source of her difficulty is because a machine is molding it FOR her...does she have a machine that goes to the bathroom for her too? Anyway, wouldn't you know, she's taking an art class to be near the latest class hunk, Vinny Van GoGough (that's not a type-o, that really is his name. Ooba Dooba.) A package soon arrives. It appears to be the new clay Judy ordered, but it was in fact a specimen that should have been delivered to the science lab outside of town...the post office auto-sorter was out of sorts, and a bunch of other bad mail and robot puns... so the scientists get Judy's clay and Judy received the specimen, but what nobody outside the lab knew was that this was the mold of a Mirrormorph- a shape shifting being that takes the exact form of whomever touches it. Judy had been touching it, so it morphs into her. While the genuine article puts on her make up, the clone goes on the date with Van GoGough...and it doesn't go-go well. "Judy" eats her flowers and breaks a priceless painting over her head, thus turning Vinny off. The reverse effect comes into play when the Mirrormorph transforms into Vinny and ends up turning Judy off.
Jane wants a car, so rather than get a job and buy one herself, she has to try and convince George that it would be an essential purchase. So she tries to butter him up via synthetic brownies and solar wave music, via her mother's advice. But despite these efforts, George refuses the car. He happens to step in mirrormorph goo which transforms into George and inadvertently lets Jane buy a car. The mold gets into George's brief case and accompanies him to work where Spacely was unveiling a new prototype sprocket, and wouldn't you know, the goo is touched by Spacely, becomes him, breaks the new sprocket, and George is fired. Worse yet, Jane and the kids drive up in a shiny, roomy, expensive new Spacion wagon. They learn of his termination and, though this must make the 20th time he's been fired, react as if it were the first. They suggest he inquire about a position at Cogswell Cogs, since Cogswell was unveiling a new prototype cog that same day. FINALLY! George should have gone to work for Cogswell in the first place, as the man seems much more laid back and calmer than Spacely; Meanwhile, the scientists scower the city, looking for the Mirrormorph, praying nobody touches it for more than 10 seconds, for the consequences could be...disastrous! Gadzooks! Well, the goo is touched by Cogswell and transforms into him. It lets George take the job and, through a series of odd mishaps, the goo transforming into George and swallowing the prototype cog, the security guard holding the goo longer than 10 seconds, and the scientists arriving on the scene a moment too late... the clone security guard multiplies into five clones and maybe more. Thankfully, George manages to contain them in the Spacion Wagon, which the 'morphs take off in. But in the end it all works out. Spacely re-hires George after hearing what he did to Cogswell, George promises Jane a NEW new car, and Jane shows her sick sense of humor.
One of my favorite episodes. It's fun, exciting, and done surprisingly well. Such a story could work as both a comedy and a horror. Maybe they felt the horror angle had already been done to death, pun intended. Funny, the only one not getting a mirrormorph clone was Elroy. Even Orbitty got one! Now, again, why doesn't George go work for Cogswell every time Spacely fires him? Like I said, Mr. Cogswell seems like a more easy-going boss than that little twerp. Sure the atmosphere at Cogswell's isn't as exciting, but hey, beats getting fired everyday, right? Good episode! One of the best.
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