AIR DATES: November 26, December 3, 1990
The whole crew needed a week off, so running one of Joe’s student films, “Fear of Failure,” filled an episode.
The movie is a stream-of-consciousness hallucinatory rant by a disaffected student at an Ivy League University. He imagines his fellow students as mute, identically clad, occasionally homicidal automatons, carrying out the will of a sadistic, sword-wielding professor.
The film did not fit the show’s aesthetic and was not popular with viewers.