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Alice Cooper plays "Prince", a shock-rock singer and leader of a cult implicated in a murder. Prince sports Alice's signature makeup. In a club scene, with the astonished Snoop sisters in attendance, he sings "Sick Things", from Alice's "Billion Dollar Babies" album. It was undoubtedly middle-aged Middle America's first exposure to Alice. One can only imagine how it played in Peoria. Perhaps casting Alice was an attempt to get young viewers on board with this geriatric-skewed series. I can't say the guest spot enhanced Alice's image among the younger set, however. Prior dalliances with Salvador Dali aside, one could mark this as the beginning of Alice's descent into mainstream "professional entertainer" territory. Like every episode of the series, this one seemed a bit too goofy for good mystery. High marks, though, for period camp value.
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The last and hardly the best of the original episodes. Earl Hamner wrote a number of excellent folksy TZ episodes, but this one reeks of formula. I was always troubled by this episode. Do these children really want to spend the rest of their lives with that creepy Aunt T? Is cake every day better than life in the real world? Do the children never want to see their parents again, divorced or otherwise? Did the parents report the children to the authorities as missing? Would they be thrown in jail under suspicion of some unspeakable crime? Why do the children have such thick southern drawls when their parents have no accents at all? June Foray's obvious overdubbing of Mary Badham's voice adds to the creepiness. Shudder.
A tired formula film involving a psychotic, sadistic federal prisoner who seizes control of an airliner and the agent who must try and stop him. Weak acting and gaping plot holes destroy whatever tension the director must have been trying for. A real groaner. Give this one a wide berth.
The plot summary that characterizes Hank Hill as a brain-dead ignoramus could not be further from the truth. Hank Hill is probably the only one on the show playing with a full deck. He suffers only from an aversion to new and unfamiliar things and ideas that he sees as a threat to his deeply-rooted sense of family, personal integrity, and social tradition. He is wise in the areas that matter to him.
Brilliant series : well-written and well-performed. Sophisticated plots that didn't strain credulity and rarely ended up neatly resolved. The best spy/international intrigue series ever produced, in my book.