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‘Town of the Living Dead’ finale recap: That’s a wrap, part 2

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “That’s a Wrap!” | Aired Nov 11, 2014

Here we go. It’s the last episode of the season. The final one before the film! And you know it’s going to be a good one when you see the following warning:


The boys meet with Chance (note the funny helmet).

The boys meet with Chance (note the funny helmet).

The boys (John, Bryan, Terry, Chase and Gary) meet Chance in a scrap yard. Someone let Chance in a large machine, which he’s using to demolish things. It’s all about who you know. Basically, Chance’s friend owns the place and says he’ll let them use it for the movie. John kindly takes Chance aside and tells him there is a script and this isn’t in the script. Chance tries to convince him otherwise, but he’s not budging. The boys do “play” a little—smashing, breaking, letting off steam—and Terry gets an idea.

Later, the team meets at a Laundromat to discuss the final scenes. Fourteen scenes. That’s it! And there’s no time to waste. Biggest hurdle? Acquiring a horde (at least 40) of zombie extras. Tina decides to take the lead on zombie recruitment.  Next biggest hurdle? A stunt where someone needs to “fly” into the lake. This is where Terry’s idea comes in—they’re going to build a giant slingshot. Who are they? Terry and Chance.

Tina calls a bingo game while out recruiting zombies!

Tina calls a bingo game while out recruiting zombies!

Tina’s off to find her horde. So, she goes to a church picnic—in full zombie makeup. In a surprising twist, the group is fairly receptive. Next up: the bingo hall. Again, she’s in full makeup and AGAIN she gets her recruits! It must be that Tina Teeter charm …

Elsewhere, Terry and Chance attempt to make their giant slingshot. They basically tape a plastic chair to several bungee cords and attach those to two trees. Unfortunately, the trees are kind of far away from the lake, so their attempts fail. They shoot several watermelons; but they don’t go very far. In the end, they shoot Chance, too—who goes about two feet before falling on his face. Back to the drawing board.

The crew filmed everything out of order and now there are a bunch of filler scenes that need to be shot, including a news reporter talking about the apocalypse, a boat scene with Bryan and Catie, and Gary’s death. From this little montage, you can see that the crew is starting to feel rushed and aggravated—with one another.

The group prays.... for zombies.

The group prays … for zombies.

Finally, it’s the last day of filming: the day where they need their zombie horde AND the slingshot stunt. They wait and no zombies are showing up. After Bryan gives a nice prayer, cars start pulling up to the lake: their undead have arrived! And it’s a horde. Who else shows up? Master Ferrell! He’s there to help. Everyone’s happy about this except John, who does not “gee haw” very well with Master Ferrell. (Note: “gee haw” is a Southern term we learn in this episode. It means “get along” or “see eye-to-eye.”)

Master Ferrell in action! He's the one on the ground, wearing jeans.

Master Ferrell in action! He’s the one on the ground, wearing jeans.

Even though John is irritated by Master Ferrell’s presence, they decide to put him in the movie as an old man who gets attacked and eaten by the zombies. Clearly, this would never happen because Master Ferrell is a real-life ninja!

Chance arrives with his friend, Napoleon. The two of them were working all night and build a brand-new slingshot! It just might work.

Laura is excited to teach the massive group of extras to be zombies. Everything is great. The zombies do well, the shot is done. Just as the final scene is about to begin, Ben Farley shows up. John tries to kick him out, but Tina suggests that Ben Farley be the one who gets hit by the truck—catapulting him into the lake. John is okay with this idea. Clearly.

After a bit of overacting, Ben Farley sadly wises up and says he is not going to be put into the giant slingshot. So, who’s going to do it? CHANCE! (As if it could ever be anyone else.) He puts on Ben Farley’s black shirt—while Ben Farley puts on Chance’s weird helmet from the scrap yard—and is strapped into the slingshot. In a rather sweet and sentimental moment, Bryan turns to the rest of the group and says, “This is our last shot.”

Chance is pulled back—and off he goes, flying into the water! Everything’s great until they see his lifeless body float to the lake surface. Tina and others rush into the water to pull him out. After several scary quiet moments, Chance comes to and everyone can breathe again. And with that, it’s all done. The film is finished.

Poor Chance. See the blurred crotch?

Poor Chance. See the blurred crotch?

Later, Chance is wheeled out of the hospital, scantily clad in his hospital gown and wearing a neck brace. Poor guy has six broken ribs. He meets the rest of the cast and crew in the front of the building. At first John jokes and says they didn’t get the shot, but Tina quickly intervenes.

It’s a wrap! The cast and crew give several emotional sendoffs, recapping the highs and lows (and lows) of the process. But it’s done.

Just before we fade away, John lets everyone know that the sequel is written!

Up next: a look at the final film, Thr33 Days Dead! Did you watch?

Memorable Quotes

John: My name’s not Michael Bay and this isn’t Transformers.

Chance: You think Michael Bay thinks about script? He just put transformer dinosaurs in there because they’re awesome.

Tina: I am the Michael Jordan of zombie recruiting.

Bryan: We pray, Lord, that you will bring us zombies. I know that sounds weird, God, but it would be truly appreciative.

Bryan: Having Master Ferrell here, I feel like Linus. And my safety blanket is here on set.

Chance: I’m pretty banged up but if they took this neck brace off, I’d be ready to get up and go ahead and start this movie again.

Town of the Living Dead on Syfy

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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