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Episodes 46-47 of Film Reroll. Based on Summerspell, the classic lighthearted 1984 sex comedy.

The premise is simple. Six young friends — Jimmy, Sara, Samantha, Paul, Doug and Ted — are looking forward to spending a nice weekend at a house near an unnamed lake close to a charming little town. They get aquainted with the locals, including a pair of twin horse rider girls, as well as a put-upon single mother and her two children. But our heroes all have secrets they keep from each other. Secrets that — were they ever to be revealed — could either ruin their relationships with one another, or enhance them in whole new ways.

Also, there's a crazy, possibly supernatural Serial Killer on the loose, but that couldn't possibly be something worth worrying about, could it?

One thing's for sure, it will be a weekend to remember for as long as they live.

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Starring Pitr Strait as Jimmy, Jocelyn "Joz" Vammer as Sara, Carolyn Faye Kramer as Samantha, Andy Hoover as Paul, and Paulo Quiros as the Dungeon Master.

Followed by Weekend at Bernie's.


Tropes:

  • Acting in the Dark:
    • Invoked. DM Paulo Quiros set up a campaign based on the obscure indie movie Summerspell, which none of the players had seen. They were told to not watch or read up on any part of it, so that they could actually keep secrets from each other. However, the real twist is that the film Summerspell never existed, and that they are actually playing a Friday the 13th campaign. Paulo did this to recreate the Dramatic Irony found in almost every Slasher Movie, where the characters have no idea that there's a killer in the area until they've already started to die.
    • In the second episode, we learn that Paulo went so far in his deception that he actually uploaded the scene where Crispin Glover dances under the title "Summerspell."
  • Adaptational Sexuality:
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    • During the post-episode talk, Andy says that he played Paul as a closeted gay man trying to find the courage to come out to his crush. (Explaining his rather... awkward love scene with Samantha.)
    • Jocelyn says that Sara genuinly could have fallen in love with Samantha, but that it was unlikely and that it didn't pan out that way, perhaps implying that the character was bisexual, (or else that it would have been a case of If It's You, It's Okay.)
  • Adapted Out:
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Jason is finally killed, courtesy of Trish.
  • The Bus Came Back: A Meta example. Carolyn Faye Kramer makes her first appearance in the show in over two years.
  • Call-Back:
    Carolyn: Sam rolls her eyes.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Tracy's gun, though Tommy tries to use it as soon as he brings it up. It just takes a while for someone to successfully load and fire it.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: Once their original characters die, Joz, Pitr and Carolyn take over Ted, the twins Tina and Terri, and Tommy, respectively.
  • Creepy Twins: Downplayed with Tina and Terri. They Speak in Unison when they first appear, which spooks out the players, but otherwise they just act like regular sisters.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: Much like the film, the majority of the campaign ends up becoming this, as most of the cast are killed off in the climax. Especially Sara and Doug, who seem to be on their way to getting together right before they die.
  • Final Girl: Trish, as in the film. (Subverted in that Tina and Terri also survive here, but they never end up fighting Jason at all.)
  • Foreshadowing: Paulo and Tim actually provide the players with accurate information about the film (such as the cast and the events in individual scenes) while still leaving out anything that would identify it as a Friday the 13th film.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: A side effect of the campaign only focusing on the teens (as long as they're alive, at least) is that Jason never gets a proper introduction. Yes, it's mentioned that two hospital workers were murdered by a maniac, but it's never revealed why there's a Nigh-Invulnerable, deformed, masked Serial Killer running around.
  • Groin Attack: Samantha hits Jason in the crotch with a frying pan. He takes 6 damage but is otherwise uninhibited by her attack.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Samantha tries attacking Jason by jumping towards him dramatically... only for him to catch her mid-air, smashing her head against the ceiling and then throwing her against a wall, killing her.
  • Hope Spot: For a while, it seems like Sara might be able to get away from Jason, but then he catches up with her and finishes the job.
  • Horse Jump: Jimmy tries jumping over a ravine when he and the gang are out riding with Tina and Terry. However, the horse doesn't actually jump, (apparently realizing that it wouldn't have made it across). Instead, Jimmy is flung off the horse and lands on the downwards slope on the other side of the ravine, not quite reaching his intended destination. Fortunately, he's not seriously injured.
  • I Knew It!: The players all consider that they might be in a horror movie, but Andy was the only one who directly named Jason as a potential killer. Joz and Pitr later say that they also had their suspicions, while Carolyn admits that she really had no idea until the murderer showed up.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Jimmy probably didn't mean to hurt Trish's feelings when he gave her a drink, but he clearly pushed a button of hers, as she rushed home immediately. It's implied that she's had some bad prior experience with alcohol.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not "LEGOs" it's "LEGO." note 
  • Killed Offscreen: According to Paulo, Tracy dies the same way as in the film, but her death isn't witnessed by any player character.
  • Kissing Cousins: Defied. Paul's secret goals were to kiss a guy and to get his cousin Ted laid, but his player, Andy, was explicitly told not to combine the two. (The other players point out that Eleanor Roosevelt married her cousin named Ted...note 
  • Lethal Chef: Downplayed. Paul fails his cooking roll by 1, meaning that the chicken ends up slightly overcooked, but still perfectly edible. And hey, it's the thought that counts.
  • Lighter and Softer: The first episode, compared to the film. Mostly because it cuts out all of Jason's scenes and focuses entirely on the teens. As expected, everything gets much darker once Jason does show up.
    • Funnily enough, this trope is actually Inverted during the lake scene. In the film, Samantha only pretends to drown to freak Sara out. Here, Sara actually starts drowning for real and has to be rescued by her friends.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Carolyn references this, pointing out that just because her character hates hitchhiking hippies doesn't mean that she also does.
  • Meta Girl: Samantha/Carolyn Faye Kramer, to the point of coming across like a total Talkative Loon Cloudcuckoolander In-Universe.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Paul feels a bit uncomfortable dancing with Terri, since "Terri" is also the name of his mother. (Though given certain later reveals, this may just have been an excuse.)
    • Also - on a Meta level - while no 1984 Sex Comedy called Summerspell exists, there does exist a 1983 family drama by that name.. Whether Paulo knew about this or not is unclear.
  • Reality Ensues: Ted tries to speed up his escape from Jason by not bothering with his seatbelt and driving straight through the garage door. He ends up knocking himself unconscious on the windscreen, and drowns when the car rolls down into the lake.
  • Reality Subtext: An unintentional example. Jimmy's backstory (which Paulo inferred from the film) is that he suffers from low self-esteem and impostor syndrome, which only got worse when his girlfriend broke up with him after their first night together. Pitr Strait — who plays Jimmy here — coincidentally went through the exact same thing in his youth, and was understandably shocked when he read his character notes.
  • Red Herring Suspect: Freddy, the guy at the vigil who tells the gang about the murders, becomes one by accident (to the extent that Carolyn still suspects him after the real murderer is revealed). The players are also suspicious towards the Hitchhiker and the Pizzeria Owner, both of whom are entirely innocent.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Mortality: Lampshaded by Carolyn, who says that her character should have died before Joz's because she is "the slutty one." Paulo points out that that is exactly what happened in the movie.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Both Tina and Terri survive here by staying hidden in the basement. Paul is also alive - albeit seriously injured - the last time we see him.
  • Skinny Dipping: Paul and Samantha decide to do this, which gets rather embarrassing when Trish and Tommy show up. Sara, however, prefers to bathe with some decency, and Jimmy is too busy trying to write a Haiku to even get near the lake.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spell My Name with an "S": A Meta example. Paulo has consistently spelled "Summerspell" as a single word, but given that this is an audio medium and that the film doesn't actually exist, some fans have instead spelled it as "Summer Spell." This misspelling even made it into the poster shown above.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: The Curse of Paulo Quiros (Y'all get diarrhea.)
  • Take Me to Your Leader: When Sara meets Tommy - wearing his homemade alien mask - she asks to be taken to either his leader or his older sister.
  • Taking You with Me: Trish is willing to risk the lives of both herself and her brother to take Jason down, by pushing him out of a window as he's choking Tommy. None of them actually die, but Jason is injured to the point that Trish can kill him fairly easily. (On a sadder note, Tommy is also mildly crippled by the fall.)
  • Theme Naming: Pitr wonders why all characters living near the lake seem to have names starting with a "T". (Trish, Tommy, Tracy, Tina, Terri; all names taken straight from the movie.)
  • Twice Shy: Samantha and Paul, who proclaim their love for each other in the opening of the second episode. (Though this is Subverted by the implication that Paul only loves her platonically.)
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Implied when the group encounters a pair of beautiful twin girls wearing exactly the same outfits. Andy says that every guy in the car has exactly the same thought.
  • Wham Line: The exact moment when the true nature of this session comes to light? When Doug and Sara are having their quiet moment out on the pier, Paulo tells her to make a perception roll.
    Joz: (cheerfully) Ooh, I get it!
    Paulo: (ominously) There's a man standing behind you.
    Joz: What?!
  • Would Hurt a Child: While he doesn't succeed, Jason is more than willing to kill Tommy, at least after he betrays his trust by pulling a gun on him.
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