Michael Landon,had a stand-out cast with this episode of Highway To Heaven,"The Monster". It was,frankly,the best episode of the series ever filmed. The whole "Beauty and the Beast" theme entertwined with the marriage problems of re-occurring character Scotty,the quadrapalegic attorney,,mark this as the watershed of the entire series.
Ann Doran,as Mrs.Bradley,was simply wonderful as the pathetically horrid mother. Everything she did to"help" her son Julian was the absolute wrong thing to do. Her constant reminders to her son of his affliction,nearly drove him to the brink of madness and dispair. Jeff Kober,as the young artist Julian Bradley,was superb. This was one of Kober's earliest attempts at acting and he pulled off a rather complex character(for Highway to Heaven)with grace and style. This was also a different role for Kober,in that it was a positive character and not a ruffian of some type that he has come to play so often in his later career. James Trosch,as Scotty,was envariably a scene stealer-the wit and charm of this man has been lost and it is a shame that he didn't do more work on television. He still appears on Youtube once in a while and it is always a treat to see him there. Michael Landon and Victor French were their usual selves as Jonathan and Mark-saving the day or the relationship. The strength of this series and particularly this episode,was the guest star cast-just grand.