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Friday the 13th: The Series

Season 1 Episode 18

Brain Drain

Aired Unknown Apr 30, 1988 on
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Episode Summary

A dimwitted man discovers a cursed trefinator in a museum warehouse: a guillotine-like device that transfers spinal fluid from one individual to another. The cursed item actually transfers intelligence as well, and the man uses it to make himself intelligent by preying upon doctors at the museum. Jack and the others become involved when Jack's old girlfriend and fiancee goes to work at the museum, and is the next target for the trefinator.moreless

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  • A great episode....one to watch if you're a fan of the series!

    This was an episode that, in addition to the finding of a cursed item, focuses on the character of Jack Marshak. The viewer is introduced to a woman, , who was romantically involved with Jack in the past. To this viewer, the scenes between the two are quite touching as there seemed to be a real chemistry between the two. Unfortunately, as is the case more than a few times in this series, the cursed item, a trefinator, manages to destroy the romance fatally.

    Aside from the background tale, the rest of the episode plays out fairly routinely with the trefinator being used by a mentally challenged lab assistant to increase his own intelligence at the expense of others around him. Although the evil assistant is dealt with at the end of the episode, there is an overall sadness to the end of the episode.

    Overall, this is one of the better episodes of the series. It has a great mix of horror and romance with good chemistry between all characters involved. Recommended!moreless
Denis Forest

Denis Forest

Harry / Stewart Pangborn

Guest Star

Carrie Snodgress

Carrie Snodgress

Dr. Viola Rhodes

Guest Star

David Walden

David Walden

Dr. Maxwell

Guest Star

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