The Horse Episode

I like to think we have been in the Golden Age of television for the last twenty years, or so. There are shows about everything, that appeal to everyone. What hasn’t been done yet? Very little.

We now live in a world where we ask our friends for show recommendations. I never did that when I was a kid. I didn’t know what other kids were watching, unless I went to their house.

One time, I went to a friend’s house after school and he had us stop playing road hockey outside, so we could go inside and watch Pokemon. I had never seen Pokemon before, but this half-hour episode confirmed what I already knew – I didn’t like it at all.

Speaking of shows I didn’t care about: I once won a draw during a Scholastic Book Fair at school and my prize was a Spongebob poster. To this day, I have never watched a single episode of Spongebob.

Nowadays, we each have our small group of friends who we trust to recommend shows to us. And then that person automatically becomes a sounding board when we need to discuss elements of the show.

It is sorta like the adult version of sharing your snack at school.

Let me just say, you can learn a lot about someone based on the shows they suggest. A few years ago, I was told to watch Black Mirror and the first episode completely turned me off from it.

This is what you insisted I watch? What is wrong with you?

Recently, I was introduced to the show, Hannibal, by my internet friend, Becky. I wasn’t really interested in it, and then Becky told me about Episode 8 from Season 2 and it was one of those, “Wow, you think you know someone…” moments because the show sounded morbidly disturbing and just so unBecky-like. More on this later.

Here is what Becky has to say about all this:

I was in between shows on Netflix earlier this month and was just browsing around when I stumbled upon Hannibal. I hadn’t watched it when it was on TV but knew about it. The show involved Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer from The Silence of the Lambs (a movie I also haven’t seen). So I decided to give it a shot, and surprisingly it didn’t freak me out too much.

So, naturally, that meant I told Paul about it, because why not? I think he thought I was crazy for even watching it in the first place. Then things got interesting when I sent him a message that said “In case you were wondering how Hannibal is going…” with a screencap from S2E8 that said “…is your social worker in that horse?” That got Paul’s attention, and I may have peer pressured him into watching the episode. And it’s a wild ride for sure.

That’s how this post came about. I have since abandoned Hannibal after the first episode of season 3. There were just less social workers in horses.

You read that correctly. In this episode, there was a human body INSIDE A HORSE.

WHAT?

The same person who recommended The Good Place to me, is now persuading me to watch THIS?

And watch it I did.

I’ll admit, I was a bit too eager to watch it. I did it right away. I don’t know what this says about me, but let’s not dwell on it. This is a “dwell free” zone.

NO DWELLING, JUST YELLING.

I don’t mind horror, but there’s horror, and then there’s, “Somebody check on the writers and make sure they are okay.”

This episode fell in the latter.

So, someone found a dead horse and quickly realized that something was inside it. Ta-da! It’s a dead woman.

You know the joke: “How do you fit an elephant in a refrigerator? Open the door and take the giraffe out.”

The same thing was going through my head, as I tried to figure how a person could end up inside a horse. The only possible way would be to open up the horse, put the body inside, and then sew it shut. That is what they did. Thus, ruining the elephant in a refrigerator joke forever.

Okay, not forever. Maybe momentarily.

Yes, I did try to picture a person trying to go in a horse, via the mouth. Simply not plausible. Myth busted. Wrong show. You get the point. If it were a big bad alligator, then yes, the person could go in the main entrance.

Look at how this show made my mind spiral. JUST LOOK.

The episode goes on and what happens?

WE GET A SECOND BODY INSIDE A HORSE.

This time, the person is alive! It is a man.

The man basically unzips the horse from the inside – I’m shocked the prop department didn’t take a zipper off a 4XL winter jacket and put it on the horse – and crawls out, covered in blood.

They stood up right away and weren’t that disoriented, nor did they seem to be too traumatized. I feel like they would’ve been more bothered, had they been in a Porta Potty that got tipped over by the wind.

Then again, I’ve never crawled out of a horse before, nor been to acting school, so I don’t know what the proper reaction is. Do you seek out the nearest washroom to wash off? Or do you bathe in your own tears and wait for someone to wrap a blanket around you?

In this case, the guy was arrested, so they probably hosed him down outside the police station.

I later realized this episode aired in 2014 on network TV, in all its gory goodness. That surprised me.

What if a kid was flipping channels and tuned in just as a human-being was getting out of the dead horse? They’d think the show was “Extreme Hide-N-Seek” or “How It’s Made“.

“Why was that man in the horsey?” the kid would ask their parents. And then the parents would be paranoid that their child is going to be forever traumatized by such a thing.

The next day, they’d plan a family outing to the carnival, so the kid can ride the merry-go-round, because if they don’t immediately face their fear and “get back in the saddle”, it’ll become a psychological block that stays with them forever.

Oh yes, I have thought this through.

What an episode.

Again, if you’re interested: Hannibal – Season 2, Episode 8.

I have no plans to watch any other episodes in the series. Once you start off with “body inside a horse”, there’s no going back.

Now, I have to think of a title for this post and talk myself out of going with “Two Horse Meal” because that’s too clever terrible.

“Won’t You Be My Neigh-bour” is also bad, right?

Thanks for putting me in this situation, Becky.

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14 Responses to The Horse Episode

  1. darthtimon says:

    I now know the subject matter of my dreams tonight. All this horsing around is just… Well, it’s just not monkey business is it? It’s horseplay of the worst sort.

    If that guy who was still alive in the horse had been able to position himself, he could have maybe walked around? Instead of humans propelled by horsepower, horses propelled by humanpower? Ok, I’ve been an ass, time to end the puns.

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  2. “Thanks for putting me in this situation, Becky” 😂 I laughed hard for no reason😳. I cannot bring myself to watch Hannibal, and I love horror movies/tv shows. It’s just too weird for me.
    Thanks for the entertainment this morning 🙂

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  3. Ooooh man! I started off reading this thinking it was going to be a rant about how annoying all the comments about the recommended show are and was filled with panic, because if Paul suggests a movie/tv show and T doesn’t spam his instagram chat with her thoughts and comments while watching it, does it even matter that she watched it?!?!

    This does not sound like a T show at all. And while I’m sure Becky has good taste (I’m pretty sure I’ve sought out some of her suggestions from her blog!) I won’t be watching it. It sounds horrible! 😬😬😬

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    • Paul says:

      Haha need not fret!

      Yeah, I would not recommend this show to you. You wouldn’t take my suggestions ever again lol

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      • LOL you’re allowed a few bad suggestions! My bff suggest OITNB when it was in season 2 or something and it was so out of character for her to watch/like something like that and I had made it into a non-T show. But then I ended up really loving it! Haha so outliers do happen!

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  4. Becky says:

    Upon further reflection, this makes me sound like a horrible person. But it sorta falls under the whole “Well, if I had to watch it then everyone else should be forced to watch it, too.” I hate to admit that the line “…is your social worker in that horse?” made me laugh out loud, and you wouldn’t expect that from a show about serial killers.

    Aside from this episode, there are a few that make you really question the mental stability of the writers of the show. Like what made you think, “Hmm, you know what would be interesting? What if someone is putting people inside horses?!?! That’d be different.”

    Okay, and in my defense, I’ve also recommend other really great shows like “Arrested Development” which you refuse to watch for some reason.

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    • Paul says:

      It was a funny line and I feel like they try and make us laugh on purpose because then we’re questioning why we find such a gloomy show so funny.

      I’d love to be in that writer’s room while they’re brainstorming ideas. Like is anyone nervous to speak up, or are they all comfortable with sounding like serial killers in front of each other??

      I said I would give Arrested Development another shot!…..it just hasn’t happened yet…

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  5. James says:

    It may just be a UK thing but we have pantomime horses, and people are meant to be in those. Not dead though. They don’t work if the people inside are dead. So this might be something different. But I thought I’d check.

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    • Paul says:

      Haha this definitely wasn’t pantomime, it was the real deal. I now have a dark image in my head of a dead body in a pantomime horse. Perhaps that will be in a future episode of this show.

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  6. Ashley says:

    I like this show. I like the psychological aspect of it. And I like how the characters give pause between character responses to give them time to think about it. Other shows the characters always seem have snappy comebacks.

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  7. I avoid television at all costs for this very reason. I do listen to some old time radio for the comedy. No one can give me a good episode.

    Stay well and Laugh when you can

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