Tales from the Dark Side episode 5: “Mookie and Pookie”

Justine Bateman (Family Ties) stars as Susan “Pookie” Anderson, the twin sister of Kevin “Mookie” (Ron Asher). Sadly, Mookie has a terminal disease yet he is able to place his mind into his beloved computer, something their parents Harold (George Sims, who ran camera on Cassavetes’ films Faces and Love Streams) and Ruth (Tippi Hedren!) can’t seem to understand.

This episode was directed by Timna Ranon, who did two other episodes of this show and was on second unit for God’s Gun. It was written by Marc Fields and Dan Kleinman, who wrote the only post-apocalyptic movie starring Mescach Taylor, Ultra Warrior.

It’s a pretty simple concept and perhaps not the darkest of all episodes, but consider this one a palate cleanser.

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