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'Town of the Living Dead' recap: Return of Chance and gas station sushi

Season 1 | Episodes 7 & 8 | “Zombie Stunt Double” & “Zombies with a Chance of Fire” | Aired October 29, 2014

The crew gets a little downtime as the fair comes to Jasper! And it’s kind of nice to see them all relax a little—except for Bryan, who reveals his fear of clowns. BUT he does have a legitimate reason for his fear: When he was five, he witnessed a birthday party clown die from a heart attack. Yikes.

Fun times are briefly interrupted when resident mama’s boy Chase gets a call from—yep—his mom. And here we learn that Chase has a fear of heights. Of course this will be revisited later.

The next day, Tina and Laura head to city hall to discuss a few items. They have a brief run-in with Councilwoman Jennifer over the cemetery incident. After their disastrous shoot, the crew didn’t exactly clean up their mess, resulting in what looked like a murder scene … at a graveyard. Tina apologizes and makes amends by donating the gravesite to the city. And now Tina must go before the entire city council to ask permission for a street closing—because they want to throw someone out of a window.

This is safe, right?

This is safe, right?

Elsewhere, director John and his actors, Bryan, Gary, and Chase, practice for this crazy window-jumping scene. How, you ask? By jumping off a roof onto pillows and cardboard boxes. They climb on the roof and John knocks the ladder down—so the only way down is by jumping. Practice is not in vain because back at city hall, Tina’s request gets approved.

At first, no one is making the big jump. Finally, Bryan takes the leap—and then Gary. Chase gets angry, nervous, and gassy. In the end, he demands the ladder and doesn’t jump.

Later, Bryan goes golfing with Terry. An odd outing/pairing, am I right? Well, it turns out that the ever-romantic Bryan wants to play matchmaker to gay Terry. It takes a little convincing, but Terry agrees to a blind date with Bryan’s friend Brandon. Besides, Bryan says he’s pretty sure Brandon is gay.

Some of the crew meets at the window-jumping location to plan it out. Again, Chase is nervous and says he won’t do it. John tries to convince him otherwise: “Think of the chicks!” In a phone conversation with his creepily overprotective mom, Christy, it’s pretty evident that Chase will NOT be jumping from the window.

Bryan gets chased by a clown. At least it's not Twisty.

Bryan gets chased by a clown. At least it’s not Twisty.

Later the gang gathers for Catie’s 20th birthday party, which, to paraphrase Bryan, is more like a three-year-old’s party. There are party hats, water guns, a bounce house … Wait, this kind of sounds like fun. When a blue-bearded clown arrives, Bryan escapes and hides in the bounce house. He’s taunted by adults and kids alike for being a chicken, and Blue Beard eventually finds him. Seriously, who escapes a clown? No one.

At this time, Christy wants to have a few words with Tina about Chase’s supposed stunt. As a talking head, Tina tells us that Chase is a mama’s boy—something she would never say to Christy’s face. But then she does. Chase’s maturity is questioned considerably when a couple scenes are interjected showing Chase blowing bubbles and jumping in the bounce house.

Love is in the air: It’s Terry and Brandon’s date! Oh, and Bryan is there for moral support. Brandon is a pretty decent-looking guy who seems nice, but after a few forced conversation starters (hunting and sports), Terry becomes the odd man out. In the end, it’s just a bro hangout because Brandon is in fact NOT gay. Whoops. He’ll show up later during the window-jumping scene as a zombie extra.

It’s raining (soon to be raining men), but it’s also the day of the big stunt! Because of Chase’s refusal to jump from a window (who can blame him?), Tina hires a stunt double … who looks positively nothing like Chase. For starters, Chase is white and Wadi, the double, is, well … black. Everyone’s a bit perplexed, but Tina forges on.

Assistant Laura does a little quick zombie training—reminding the extras not to smile. Think dead puppies! Chase and Wadi share a brief conversation when Christy shows up. She tells Wadi she’ll be praying for him during the stunt.

Gary makes the jump!

Gary makes the jump!

Remember, this is a low-budget flick. So the landing pad for the fall stunt isn’t exactly professional-grade. Actor Gary is convinced the thing came from Party City. I tend to agree. Time to film! Jasper spectators gather around for the big event. They film the first non-jumping part, and then Chase strips down to his underwear to give Wadi his clothes—continuity, people! Wadi jumps! Gary jumps! Bryan jumps! Truthfully, the jump is so quick, they just might pull it off in the end. Not bad.

This episode’s scene went so well, you can only imagine how the next one goes …

It’s rather foreboding when we get this lovely disclaimer: “The dangerous stunts you will see were supervised by experts—do not attempt. No zombies were harmed in the making of this program.” Good. I am glad they actually do have someone watching over them. This makes me feel better.

Actor Bryan goes to an audition—for a man-cave consignment-store commercial. Once again, anxiety gets the best of him and he’s sure he blows it. Surprise cameo—Nguyen, the zombie penis guy, is at the audition too!

Later, the group has a meeting at Tina’s house. Everyone is feeling good because of the success of the jumping stunt, and now it’s time to up the stakes. Tina wants to set someone on fire. She’s got a location—a friend’s barn—and now needs the special effects. Here’s where FX guy Terry draws the line. He’s too nervous and doesn’t want to—gulp—kill anyone. Fair enough. Voice of reason Bryan suggests they talk to the fire department for tips. They still need someone else who knows how to manage the fire. Let’s see. Do we know any experts on the subject matter? Ah! CHANCE—our resident explosives expert!

In a new effort to calm his nerves, Bryan heads to a tai chi class. As expected, he’s awkward throughout the whole thing. What do you expect? The guy thought it’d be more like a scene from Karate Kid.

Tina and Laura head to the fire department—which is a total bust. The firefighters are extremely against the whole idea. They flat out say there is no safe way to set anyone on fire. I beg to differ, as it’s been done many a time before in many movies. For complete insight on the subject matter, just read actor/stuntman/all-around badass Kane Hodder’s book.



So they move on to Chance, who’s eating at the local sushi place/gas station. Tina and Laura arrive to discuss the scene. Once Chance hears the scenario—setting a person on fire—his face beams with utter delight. Seriously. He’s like a little kid with a shiny toy. But really, he’s a grown man with pyro tendencies. He’ll need a little help, and suggests his friend Trap (yes, that’s his name). So what if Trap has served a little jail time for (accidentally) burning down a Burger King? To quote Chance, it was “one of the best-smelling fires ever.” Chance suggests a practice round with some test fires. Tina decides to send director John to this little rehearsal—mainly because he’s too paranoid to let anyone get hurt.

Guess what? Bryan got the man-cave store-commercial gig! Off he goes. It’s a professional shoot (something he’s not entirely familiar with) and he immediately begins flubbing his lines out of nervousness. He takes a moment and does a little tai chi outside. This helps and he gets his scenes filmed, but not without a little mayhem. He shoots his car with an antique speargun—something you can purchase at this man-cave store.

Chance greets the guys—John, Gary, Terry, and Chase—with a happy “Aloha, broha!” It’s fire practice time. The more Chance talks, the less comfortable the guys are with the whole scenario. First up: Blowing up a toolbox with fireworks. In the end, boys will be boys, and they all get into it. Yes, they can agree that Chance is a psycho, but he’s fun—and so are explosions!

The other explosives expert - Trap.

The other explosives expert—Trap.

It’s time for the real deal—which also means we get to meet Trap. He’s dressed for success in a black tank top and Mohawk. The scene: The actors escape a zombie by throwing a Molotov cocktail, setting said zombie on fire. Now, Trap is not really an explosives expert, BUT due to a few court-mandated classes, he does know a thing or two about fire safety. Phew. So who wants to be the fire zombie? Chase volunteers. Don’t tell his mom.

Here we go. Catie is scared—as everyone should be. After a little Tina-John argument on the setup of the scene, we’re ready to shoot. Chase starts to get nervous. His mom calls—but he does the whole “it’s a bad connection” routine and quickly ends the call. Trap sets the first fire with the Molotov cocktail (or, as Tina calls it, a mazel tov cocktail), then greases Chase up in a protective coating. And … boom! Chase is on fire—and it looks good! Chase freaks out a little and the shot is cut short, but they got it. The group gathers to watch their movie magic when, all of a sudden, the barn is on fire. Trap is quick to say, “I swear this is not my fault.” But where’s Chance??


Do I really need to tell you how much I love Chance? He’s fantastic. Pure gold. I can’t wait for next week’s episodes.

Memorable Quotes

Bryan: The only thing scarier than a clown is a dead clown.

Bryan: I’m not really sure what gay guys do on dates, but I thought … what about minigolf? Minigolf is adorable.

John: Chance is always playing with fire. I’m sure he’s set himself on fire from time to time.

Firefighter (in response to Tina’s smoke bomb suggestion): Please stay away from anything that has the word “bomb” in it.

Chance: Watching things burn is in my soul. It’s just something you have to be born to do.

Trap: Really, really looking forward to setting a person on fire today.

Town of the Living Dead airs Tuesdays at midnight/11C on Syfy. (This is a new time!)

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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