AIR DATES: March 5,12, 1990
Camera begins in close-up on a computer playing video games, and the sounds of Joe and several of his friends goofing off in the basement.
Pull back – the same basement, empty. The sound continues, the camera roams to find a TV set in another room. On the TV screen we see Joe and his friends making the noises we’ve been hearing.
Zoom in to mundane “reality:” Dan interrupts his friends’ attempts to tell a shaggy-dog story; Paul brushes Jengis’ head with a chalkboard eraser.
The same scene is then re-enacted by actors (ever wondered who’d play you in the movie of your life – or what they’d be doing?)
Pull back from the TV – Finally Joe shuts it off and heads upstairs to the kitchen for a snack.
While he placidly eats Captain Crunch, a sinister melodrama plays out behind him. A woman screams, a bloody corpse is found, and a detective arrives to interrogate several witnesses to find out who killed Joe!
The detective murders each of the other characters, one by one, as Joe chows down, completely oblivious.
Once everyone’s dead, Joe addresses the camera, “Don’t watch too much TV. It’s not good for you – it loosens your grip on reality.”
This was the first episode to air in what would be the series’ regular Monday night
11:30pm time slot. Each show would air two consecutive Mondays.
Some of the cast would contribute mightily to later episodes: Juan Luco, Kate Olsen, and John Harriman, who appear with Mark Audrain and Paul Birchall. Katalina Groh joined the production team, doing camerawork.