You know something's up when you can't even watch television without video games taking over the screen.
It all began last year when the cast of Fridays acted out a live Pac-Man game. Then a Pac-Man machine was installed at the Taxi garage, sending the hacks into a tiz. More recently, an episode of Remington Steele involved tracking down a missing games' company executive while another detective, Tom Magnum (Selleck) took time out of a rough case to play Tomytronic's hand-held Pac.
But you know things are deteriorating when Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) is summoned from his papal beat to conduct a game exorcism. In a Square Pegs episode titles "Pac-Man Fever," the good father was called upon Johnny Slash (Merritt Butrick) to release demon video game spirits from his best friend Marshall Belchtman (John Femia). And in "Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade," a Diff'rent Strokes segment, kid-star Gary Coleman bested his brother, the local video game champ, in a game of Space Sucker.
Will Captain Furillo lead the Hill Street cops on a raid of a hoodlum-controlled arcade? Will the Dukes of Hazzard stop burning rubber long enough to try their hands at Turbo? Stay Tuned.
WHAT'S YOUR GAME: Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci (top) appeals to a determined John Femia (as Marshall Belchtman) in Square Pegs. Equally as determined is Gary Coleman (bottom, right) as he takes on "Space Sucker" in Diff'rent Strokes.
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