Fridge / Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Fridge Brilliance
  • An episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents revolved around a woefully incompetent mother who hasn't seen her daughter (forgot her name; I'll call her Alice) since she was a baby. Alice is being raised by another couple, and the mother kidnaps her. I was unimpressed by the daughter's acting, though because the girl was only 6 or 7 years old, I filed it under Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Then at the end, it turns out that the mother really kidnapped the daughter of a private investigator hired by Alice's foster parents, and this other girl was in on the whole thing. The character was acting the whole time, and in an added bit of brilliance, the kidnapper probably didn't even realize how bad her act was. — Mon Solo
    • An early episode of this same series entitled 'Breakdown' had me and my family groaning at the plot holes — or so we thought. A man is paralyzed in an accident, and is presumed dead throughout the episode. No one bothers to check his pulse, or any other signs of life. No one notices that he doesn't even look like a corpse (pale/blued skin). Then, after it had ended, it occurred to me. This is actually proof that people saw in black and white back then, and simply couldn't tell! This is more Fridge Brilliance than Logic, or maybe Fridge Horror, or just plain Epileptic Trees. —JadeMatrix
  • In the episode, "The Hidden Thing", Dana is being helped by a man named Hurley to recover his memory about the hit-and-run of his fiancé. Hurley's reasoning is because he lost his son in a hit-and-run as well and it was never solved. As I watch Hurley work with Dana's memories about the hit-and-run, the reason that Dana blocked out that memory is because he felt guilty. I thought the obvious twist was that Dana was the one who killed Hurley's son & that Hurley is trying recover his memories of his death. I also thought that Hurley was the one who killed Dana's fiancé out of revenge. I'm just waiting for the obvious to happen, and then we get to the ending. Turns out the guilt that Dana has been holding is for not getting his fiancé's compact from the car, which is why he repressed the memory of her death. And the twist is that Hurley never had a son. Heck, he's not even married! Turns out he's just a nut who likes to solve crimes. So the whole build-up about remembering the license plate and Hurley's non-existent son... didn't mean a goddamn thing. You think I'd be annoyed, but instead I just laughed. Especially when they play that comedic music with Hurley looking at Dana as if he was saying, "Do you think I'm a nut?"