Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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Gather Ye Acorns 

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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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Jono's car is a 1932 Auburn Speedster. 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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A sentimental tale of value and memories proving that collections and items bring happy moments!
25 March 2017 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "Amazing Stories" episode from season one called "Gather Ye Acorns" is one entertaining and sentimental one that proves it's okay to get attached to material things and be a collector. The episode kind of reminds a little bit of me as I'm a collector of comic books, toys, movies, and other items as I like the value and memories they bring! Starring Mark Hamill("Luke Skywalker" from "Star Wars")as a young boy who's a dreamer growing up in the 1930's who's life is listening to his favorite series on the radio and reading comic books, yet his tough loving mom and dad want him to study medicine and become a doctor which will take a lot of work.

Now enter the appearance of a troll one day and he tells the Hamill character to take the route he's on by being a collector and never throw anything away as material possessions are most important! This doesn't sit well with mom and dad and soon the Mark character is a pack rat and he's off to live with it like a moving junkyard, and doubt starts to set in is this life of worth and value? Then enter some people who notice his items of value as now his collection of comic books, toys, and antiques sell for big money, proving that these treasures bring more than sentimental and memory value as they are worth a fortune! It proves that junk is someone else's treasure! Overall good sentimental tale that proves being a collector pays off in the end not only memory and sentimental wise, but value wise as the old items are worth a fortune!

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