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Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Peter Perkins is a loser. He is sidelined at work and pestered at home. He seeks refuge in daydreams where he isn't criticized by any, but such is his capacity for losing that even they turn against him and he starts to lose control over reality and illusion. However, it is the change in his real life that makes this story intriguing.
Air Dates:
First Run - January 2, 1978
Repeat - June 4, 1978
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7 Responses to Episode 0762

"The name is PERKINS." "That is what I said!" LOL! Cracks me up everytime! Fred Gwynn is brilliant. Definitely of my favorite humorous episodes. Thanks!

Fred Gwynne plays what might be his first comedic role since portraying Herman Munster...and he acted in more Mystery Theater episodes on the radio (82 to be exact) than any of his TV series. His role is Peter Perkins in Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, a comedy about a man who lives a Walter Mitty-style life to escape his problems. Peter becomes increasingly unable to distinguish between reality and his fantasies, which gets him into trouble with a gangster in real life.

This is the first episode that I've listened to from 1978--and it was classic. Very funny thanks to Fred Gwynne pulling off a complicated character. 4 stars.

One of my favorite episodes. Fred Gwynne portrays a believable dreamer who spends most of the time in his own imagination. One of the more inspirational episodes because we get to see the character's growth at the end. 5 stars.


This was a funny one, and as has been mentioned, kind of empowering as well. Fred Gwynne was terrific as Peter "Pumpkin."

This was a great one. And to think it was before video games. The psychiatrist was very funny. Good lesson. Fake it till you make it.

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