Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Bigalow's Last Smoke 

Chain smoker Frank Bigalow is imprisoned in a simulacrum of his apartment, then forced to quit smoking and punished each time he lights up.

Director:

Timna Ranon

Writers:

Michael McDowell (teleplay), Kenneth Wayne Hanis (story) (co-writer) (as Ken Hanis) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Romanus ... Frank Bigalow
Sam Anderson ... Dr. Synapsis
Howard Dayton Howard Dayton ... Matthews
Catherine Battistone Catherine Battistone ... Talk Show Hostess
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)

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Storyline

In the spirit of the anti-smoking propaganda popular in the 1980's, Bigalow's Last Smoke introduces Frank Bigalow. Frank is a pretty nice guy but a chronic chain-smoker, hoping to quit but finding himself a prisoner of his indulgences. When he wakes up one morning he finds himself trapped in a surreal copy of his own hope, but this new copy-home is secretly an anti-tobacco trap, and Frank discovers that he'll be tortured into quitting his cigarette addictions. Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

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Bigalow is trapped inside a simulacrum (duplicate) of his apartment, unable to leave until he determines to quit smoking. There is a small hole in the wall through which he hears (but cannot see) Mr Matthews, who seems to be in a situation similar to his. Bigalow has one cigarette, but no matches. Matthews says he has matches, but needs a cigarette, and offers to trade a match for a cigarette. Bigalow says, "It's a terrible trade. What do I need a cigarette for if I don't have a match?" Logically, as the one who would be giving up the cigarette and getting the match, he should have rejected the trade by saying, "What do I need a match for if I don't have a cigarette?" See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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An interesting idea that kind of leads to nothing.
2 August 2006 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

I actually think that this is one of the most clever ideas for a Darkside episode, but it really doesn't have an ending. It just leads to nothing. This episode deals with the tortures of smoking. Mr. Bigalow has signed himself into rehab, unbeknown-st to him. He is trapped in his house, and a voice guides him on what to do. Every time he smokes he is scolded and the buzzers go off really loud. Bigalow finds a man living next door to him and decides to make deals with him through a mouse hole. The ending is kind of the beginning of his drinking problem.

My rating: Great episode. 21 mins. TV PG L


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1985 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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