Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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Gather Ye Acorns 

Jonathan Quick, the bane of his practical parents' existence, takes an ancient tree troll's advice to pack up his treasured comic-book collection and follow his heart. And so, fifty years later..


Norman Reynolds


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mark Hamill ... Jonathan
David Rappaport ... Troll
Lois De Banzie Lois De Banzie ... Alma Quick (as Lois de Banzie)
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Francine Gazetta
Royal Dano ... Elmer Quick
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jonathan Quick, Age 12
Joanna Merlin ... Marie / Wealthy Lady
Frank Schuller Frank Schuller ... Paul Treadwell
William Dear ... David
Forest Whitaker ... Jerry
John Carlyle John Carlyle ... Auctioneer
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Gas Station Attendant
Kelly Henson Kelly Henson ... Elizabeth Treadwell
Brian Smith Brian Smith ... Treadwell Boy (as Brian Parker Smith)


In 1930s, a young boy named Jonathan Quick decides not to fulfill his practical parents' dream of becoming a doctor. Instead, he takes the advice of a strange mystical little troll, "Mother Nature's Only Son," who claims that if he buys a nice new car and keeps his treasured childhood possessions with him, he will be free of work, rat race and family. Decades pass and by 1955 Jonathan's life has only gotten worse. He chooses to stay a dreamer no matter what and by the 1980s, he's become a broken shell of an old man contemplating suicide. However, that's when he finally gets a break. Is it too little, too late, or a dream come true? Written by Poisoned_Dragon1964

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2 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Timothy Hutton was the original choice for the role of Jonathan Quick. See more »


The gas station attendant doesn't put out his cigarette when he goes near the gas pump. See more »


References Steamboat Willie (1928) See more »

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Trolling for Trouble
23 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Marc Hamill (Luke Skywalker) disappoints his parent. They have high expectations for him and for a while he does a good job. Then he takes his savings and buys a fancy car. From there on, it is downhill. He loses his family, He loses any ambition he did have. He becomes a sort of hermit with long white hair. All this comes about because one day while lying in his front yard, he is approached by what I guess is a troll and talked into being a dreamer rather than a doer. That's about it. Life passes him by. The one word of advice that he gets is not to let his mother throw away anything that he loves from his room. This is a slipshod, formula with a deus ex machina ending. I guess for some it is entertaining. For me, it is silly and to pat to really grab one's emotions. The message is that most of the world and its rules are worthless. Don't work. Don't contribute. And everything will work out.

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