The Knables are having marriage problems: Roy is a lousy plumbing supplies salesman by day and couch potato by night, and his wife, Helen, is a successful senior product manager for a vitamin company. Roy watches too much TV every night and Helen just cannot stand it. Then one night, Helen offers Roy a night to save their relationship: a romantic getaway without phones, their children, and especially no TV. Unfortunately, when Roy's hooked on the big screen, there's no going back. This frustrates and angers her and Helen decides to smash the family console with one of Roy's trophies as a wake-up call to reality. A heartbroken-to-disoriented Roy then hears the doorbell and finds out that it's a mysterious salesman named Spike who offers him the "ultimate getaway" from all the hate, frustration, and failures: a new remote controller and a new state-of-the-art satellite TV. Roy accepts the new TV by signing a free trial contract not knowing that he just sold his soul to the devil himself...Written by
On the "nameboard" in the control room in Hell, there is an office message saying to remember that Tuesday is Saddam Hussein appreciation day. See more »
When Daryl goes to steal power from the neighbor's house, he removes the electric meter and uses booster cable type clamps on the lugs. Removing the meter would cut power to the neighbor's house. However in subsequent shots, there are lights on both inside the house and in the yard. See more »
[reading the death sentence]
By order of the court...
Looks like Spike's gonna make his quota after all. I'm sorry, Mrs. Knable.
...I deliver the soul of the Marquis de Knable to it's RIGHTFUL OWNER!
Finally, he's mine!
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Chuck Jones' credit is in a different typeface to the rest of the credits. It is in a handwritten style. See more »
The funniest bit is probably Roy Knable being plopped into a certain Santa Monica three story house, tripping over a sofa, and being questioned by a certain blonde and brunette, "Where have you been?!" Is "Three's Company" John Ritter's personal Hell? Who knows, but it's a broad wink to the couch potatoes in the audience.
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