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


Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Mark Hamill ... Jonathan
David Rappaport ... Troll
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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The troll frequently refers to Jono as "gason." This is an Irish term of affection for a young boy. See more »


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

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23 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an okay episode of "Amazing Stories"--more of interest for who's in it than the subject matter itself.

Mark Hamill stars as Jonathan, a real dreamer. When he is little, a tree troll (David Rappaport) comes to him and encourages him NOT to listen to his parents about going to medical school but to be lazy and collect trinkets. The boy does so and eventually grows into someone his parents cannot stand and his life sucks. Eventually, however, there is a happy ending--though you also wonder if he'd really have been much happier if he hadn't listened to the little twerp.

The episode is unusual but its moral vague and confusing. But seeing Hamill, Royal Dano and a young Forest Whitaker make it of some interest.

By the way, only a few years after this show, Rappaport committed suicide. A sad end for this ubiquitous actor from the 80s.

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2 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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