It's Christmas time, and when better for "Pusher" to give the gift of classic tales of tube. (Hope she kept the receipt.)
At this very special time of year I feel the need for a very special Geek Files
entitled "The First Time TV Made Pusher Cry*."
Anyone ever see that made-for-TV movie, "There Must Be a Pony"? Good stuff. But anything with Robert Wagner has to be, right? Especially when it also stars Elizabeth Taylor, James Coco and Chad Lowe. James Coco, people! I don't remember too much of the plot - Liz was a washed up actress or something, building a new life and reconnecting with her son after getting out of the loony bin. It doesn't matter.
The important thing (besides R.J. starring) is the letter that Chad's character finds in a secret hiding place in the spiral staircase railing. It was written by RJ's character just before he died. He was making sure Chad would look positively on his future with his mom. Obviously, it quoted the old joke about a father who presents his two sons with a room full of horse shit. The angry, pessimistic son scoffs at the room while the level-headed, optimistic boy starts shoveling away. The father asks, "What are you doing?" to which the boy replies, "I figure, underneath all this crap, there must be a pony!" Cue the tears.
It was the Robert Wagner voice-over that did it. They may have even thrown in a half dissolve of RJ's face, just like they did at the end of "The Outsiders" when Johnny wrote his letter to Pony Boy. It was so sappy- but I just couldn't fight off the tears. And with that, Happy Holidays!
*Not counting the final episode of M*A*S*H because, really, who didn't cry at that?
Pusher's "The Geek Files: Memoirs of a TV Addict" appears every Monday.