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Rate Episode 20.2: Tell David ...
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Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:05 pm 
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Episode: 20.2 - Tell David ...

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"Jealousy is what we normally paint green, and jealousy provides the springboard of this particular painting. It offers up the bottom line of what can happen to human beings when trust is wiped out by suspicion. At this point it ceases to be just a kind of titillating tale of human comedy. It becomes what it is: a horror story. Our painting is called Tell David ..."


Original Air Date: December 29, 1971
Cast: Sandra Dee, Jared Martin, Jan Shutan, Jenny Sullivan, Chris Patrick, Jeff Corey
Writer: Gerald Sanford {Based on a short story by Penelope Wallace.}
Director: Jeff Corey

Ann Bolt is lost in the rain and takes a wrong turn upon the Blessington residence. She finds David & Jane Blessington a very open and modern couple. With all the new fangled modern convenience. Some may even say too advanced as if from the future. And they come with a warning of jealousy.


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8. 3.5 out of 5. The same actor playing both the husband and the son kind of wrecks the ending a bit. This is probably the earliest version of a GPS device shown on any TV show though, which was kinda cool. :)


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An interesting episode. Of course, throw some time travel into the mix and I'm all over it. Sandra Dee, still gorgeous at 30 something and maintains that innocence and little girl lost quality that made he a star.

The 1971 tech, although dated, was pretty damn accurate as to how we would be in the future. Listening to synth music, GPS, etc. They didn't quite get the cell phone concept but ya can't win them all.

A warning from the future that may have arrived in time but for some reason, Anne was determined to follow a destiny she believed would happen or needed to happen. Ah, jealousy - that green eyed monster transcends even time.

Another note - I like how Jeff Cory both directed and played a minor part in this episode as well.

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This one seems to get a bad rap, but I've always liked it. I've mentioned this elsewhere, but one good thing is how the futuristic things are downplayed (though some people seem to have the opposite opinion - they seem to see a story FULL of futuristic cliches). I'm sure they HAD TO do that to keep from giving things away entirely, but either way it's interesting. The "video phone" is only a video phone as far as having a sort of "menu" on a screen, instead of pictures. And there's the line "Almost no one we know smokes." In a more exaggerated futuristic story, you might see a whole world without cigarettes, or people being incredibly surprised to meet a smoker. Here, they were just a little surprised. So I still think it was really downplayed.


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Yep - for an episode that is 37+ years old - it pretty much nails what and how he future may look and the people behave. Being that david would be the correct age now as he is depicted in the episode - it's pretty much dead on minus cell phones and PCs.


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When I see a futuristic story that doesn't predict cell phones, I don't criticize it, I just think "If only...."
(Some people know how to use them in a way that isn't irritating, but not terribly many.)


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"Tell David…" is marred by the fact it has not one likeable character. Ann and Tony Bolt are a dysfunctional couple to say the least and once Tony's identity is revealed, the rest of the story is practically telegraphed.

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An 8 from me and I like the concept.

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Yep - for an episode that is 37+ years old - it pretty much nails what and how he future may look and the people behave. Being that david would be the correct age now as he is depicted in the episode - it's pretty much dead on minus cell phones and PCs.




What's funny is, it doesn't predict cell phones but it DOES predict phones with menus, so that's something. (Though I guess plenty of futuristic stories had already done that.)
It also has something like MapQuest (!), even though it's in a house not in a car.


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Great concept, great technological predictions. Strange story, the ending was a little off, yet overall a cool story.

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And Jan Shutan is easy on the eyes, especially with her hauntingly lovely eyes, that look depressed.

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I never realized it till I saw "Tell David" again a week ago, but she also played Johnny's mother in the OUTER LIMITS episode "The Inheritors." She was in it for only a few moments, but even THERE she's "easy on the eyes."


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