American Gothic – tape 2274

The tape opens with the end of a David Jessel documentary programme, Trial and Error.

Then, an episode of American GothicDamned if you Don’t sees creepy sherriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) calling in a favour from a man, to get his young daughter to work at his office. I hope he’s been on the safeguarding course. But from the reaction of the father, I doubt it.

American Gothic was created by Shaun Cassidy – David Cassidy’s half brother, and a former actor himself – he was in The Hardy Boys.

This episode is very creepy and borderline rapey, and it doesn’t end well for the father. There’s a subplot where the young boy who is apparently Gary Cole’s son has to make a tornado machine for the school science fair. Basically grim and depressing.

Oh, and at the end, the little boy talks to the ghost of his dead sister, who tells him how proud she is of him.

The boy’s name in the show is Caleb, but the actor’s name is Lucas Black, which is just a tad confusing, given the name of the sheriff.

The next episode is Dead to the World.

After this episode, recording continues with an episode of the Tea Leoni sitcom The Naked Truth.

Then, recording switches, and we get the end of an episode of Dressing for Breakfast.

Then, more American Gothic. In the teaser, a dishevelled radio talk show host asks Sheriff Lucas to help him get on TV, but Lucas tells him he’s worthless, and has nothing to offer him. The Host vows revenge. This must be the least threatening scenario you could imagine. This episode is called Resurrector.

This series basically seems to be filled with people who are scum doing deals with Sheriff Buck, who is probably the Devil. There’s almost nobody in it who’s actually decent, so there’s no-one to root for. I guess we’re supposed to root for the young boy, who in this episode tries to either exorcise or bring back his sister’s ghost – I couldn’t work out which. But he’s so perpetually grim looking it’s hard to care.

After this, another episode of The Naked Truth.

After this, there’s the start of an episode of Cheers but the tape ends during this.

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One comment

  1. Channel 4 didn’t help make this show come off any better by repeating “Eerie, Indiana” around that time, which was infinitely superior. (Though in its defence, at least it didn’t put me off from the get-go like Shaun’s later “Invasion.’)

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