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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Tourist Trap
Plot:
A couple in the middle of a much-needed vacation encounters a minor accident on the highway. They make a quick stop to the town of Downville for gas and a quick check-up. When the local mechanic informs them that the car needs major work that will take a few days to accomplish, the man begins to suspect something fishy is taking place.
Episode:
1326
Air Dates:
First Run - May 10, 1982
Repeat - August 16, 1982
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5 Responses to Episode 1326


Is it a dream or not? Hard to tell. A great episode, especially thanks to the characters from "Downsville", who you can definitely visualize.

Harry Meeker, a big city lawyer, and his wife Ruth, have a car accident and end up seeking refuge in the little town of Downsville. When they try to leave the town, they find their every effort thwarted. What is the mystery this town is hiding? This falls into the category of "strange small town" stories (e.g. "Sleepy Village," "The Summer People," and "A Holiday Visit") and is fairly good, though the ending is a little too reminiscent of several Twilight Zone episodes. Genre: Mystery

Fantastic episode. 5 stars. Again, Mystery Theater kind of had me confused between reality or a dream. Great story and acting.

I wonder if Douglas Dempsey got the idea of writing this CBSRMT episode from watching 3 episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE series: "Walking Distance," "Come Wander With Me," and "Back There." "Walking Distance" had the main character leave his car with a mechanic as he walks into town, just like our main characters did in this story. "Come Wander With Me" had the main character's name written on a gravestone, just like our main characters had in this story. And "Back There" had the main character bring back an object from the beyond, just like our main character did in this story. Pretty good combination. Tammy Grimes as the Host was suitable for this role, especially when she quotes William Faulker, compares John Milton's Paradise Lost to this tale, and learn the history about the virtues on the afterlife. However, at one point, she tried to compare Richard III's quote, "My kingdom for a horse" with the main character's serious situation by saying, "My practice for a car." Good try, but not quite epic. The sound effects of the motor running, rainstorm, tires screeching, car crash, gas station ringing, car horn honk, radiator hissing, bell ringing, birds chirping, door knocking, snoring, cop car motor running, sound of the supply bag, wire cutters, gate opening, coat hanger, starting the engine, guard dogs barking, and hospital tunes were terrific throughout this story. There were mystery melodies in ACT-1, a chilling tune at the 20-minute 5-second mark in ACT-2, the feel of the frightening truth at the 33-minute 33-second mark in ACT-3, and the twisted ending feel at the 41-minute 45-second mark, but it felt like it need more fantasy tunes as the mystery moved forward. And finally, I'd like to say congrats to the cast on their brilliant acting: Paul Hecht (as the corporate lawyer Harry Meeker), Teri Keane (as Ruth Meeker), Earl Hammond (as Hollis McAllister the father & auto mechanic and Albert McAllister the son & police officer), and Evie Juster (as Kay McAllister and Doctor Helen Ornish). If you're searching for a CBSRMT episode with a TWILIGHT ZONE feel and enjoy twisted endings.

I loved this episode! Ended a little unexpected but was still good! There are many shows were this was a similar theme. The movie nothing but trouble came to mind with Chevy Chase and Dan Akroid! Funny stuff!

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