Dream On

Season 4 Episode 1

Oral Sex, Lies, and Video Tape

Aired Unknown Jun 02, 1993 on HBO

Episode Recap

Martin gets a new video camera and inadvertently videotapes children's television celebrity Uncle Bouncy committing a sex act with a prostitute in a public alleyway. Martin opts to caution Bouncy himself about his behavior in person before turning the tape over to him. But, Bouncy's abusive and intransigent attitude ('bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, jump on little bouncy!') convinces him to sell the offending footage to Eddie for broadcast on his show, and its subsequent ubiquity results in Bouncy's apparent suicide. Martin tries to assuage his guilt by visiting Bouncy's daughter Maura, but when he admits feeling guilty over the situation, she attempts to sue him in civil court for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Judith arranges for an inept, eccentric attorney to defend Martin and Maura's attorney, Randall Townsend, does an effective job of assassinating his character and decimating their defense at every turn. The final nail in the coffin ('causative link') comes when Townsend shows a videotape of Martin having sex with Kate in court which sends him into apoplexy and forces him to settle the case for the $250,000 he made from the tape in the first place. As an epilogue, it is revealed that Bouncy was killed by the mob for running up gambling debts. Martin takes a hammer to his camcorder.
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