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Scare Tactics, October 24 – Zombies and Bloody Walls, Just Another Day

Joey announces whatever it is, he is not touching it, nor does he want anything to do with the dead body that the interviewer uncovers. The interviewer pulls the sheet back, and the body comes to life and begins choking him. Two scary security guards offer to make Joey forget what he saw and offer to use some scare tactics on him. He says no way! The security guards advise that scare tactics would be the best thing for him, because he is on Scare Tactics. These poor folks are put through torment; maybe they could visit Dr. Phil afterwards.

The next group is being scared of their minds. Sofia believes she lives in a haunted house. Her cousin Haben is setting her up because he is psychic. Okay fair enough. It is just like Ghost Hunters, only Tracy and the crew scare the ghosts. A cameraman and makeshift ghost hunter instruct Sofia to write down anything she sees or feels, and Sofia announces that she is really scared as the fellow ghost hunter goes along with her and tells her how scared he is.

Sofia sits and looks paranoid. They all hear something. It sounds like bad plumbing, but who am I? I am not a plumber. Sofia announces that the ghost is communicating now and begins asking questions. The ghost hunter is going for a filter and needs to document what he sees. Sofia is giving the ghost direct commands. They spot something strange, and the lights begin to go crazy. Sofia begins crying. The ghost hunter asks if she is scared bringing laughter as they tell her her cousin set her up! Good job, scaring the crap out of the poor girl. But it’s all in good fun and Tracy Morgan makes it funny! Who could say no to Tracy Morgan? No one!

Amanda is the next victim. She is a fan of scary movies, and her friend Holly is setting her up. The scenario is that someone is trying to create super soldiers. Really, didn’t Dolph Lundgren and Jean Claude Van-Damme do this already in Universal Soldiers, or maybe The Terminator? Amanda is in this abandoned building, and a man comes out asking Amanda if she is a spy. She begins to panic.

The man in the building unveils that the machine he is hooked up to is keeping him alive, and if they shut it off he will die. The man dramatically acts like he is dying and turning into a smaller version of The Terminator. The man begins asking if Amanda is scaring her technology. She tries to explain that there is no way she is here to work. The lab tech tells her she’s right. She’s actually here for Scare Tactics. Amanda announces needs a cigarette and thinks of the movie Saw and what could have happened.

Danny is setting his friend Carlo up, and the man next door has a bit of a temper. Carlo is helping out with some construction. There is always a crazy person somewhere, oh and a hidden body! Carlo is by himself as the manager leaves, and a man comes in acting rather agitated. He asks what they are doing, and Carlo tries to explain what is happening. The man begins to flip and Carlo is laughing nervously and the builder tries to explain that they are here to do their job.

They begin to tear the wall down, and out pops a body. Yeah bodies always pop out of walls. It is common … really! The landlord comes back in and is flipping out, but is more concerned about the hole in the wall. He realizes there is a person with a bloody head coming out of the wall. They explain to Carlo that there is a reason to be scared, because his laughing self is on “Scare Tactics.” He thought he was playing “Halo” for a second. Nope, don’t think so!

I love the thought process these people go into. They wind up in the strangest places and try and rationalize these moments. Danny has no experience in the medical field, so that is why he will be attempting to play a doctor on television. Danny’s friend Mike is setting him up to make him cry “like a little bitch.” Nice friend, isn’t he? An actor playing a doctor is going over the information with Danny who is about to meet the tech Travis, and it causes steroid rage. This is going to be good. The Incredible Hulk meets psycho people.

The tech goes over the information with the fake patient, explaining that the medication causes rage. Danny gets some information from another patient who tells him he was a former cage fighter. The tech is taking money from the patient and cutting Danny in on the money. The patient keeps asking for more and more and begins to flip out. He needs to be restrained as he leaps out of bed and begins chasing Danny. He stabs a fellow patient and kills the doctor. Can anyone say run for your life, Danny? The patient is still screaming and Danny panics.

Danny tries to calm the patient down as he panics more, then the patient asks if he is scared. He is told he should be, because he is on Scare Tactics. Danny’s level of paranoia goes from high to low. He is still shaken, but not one hundred percent stirred. Danny wonders what the hell kind of medical office it is. Mike enters and laughs with his friend.

As always, Tracy advises to watch your back because you never know when the crew of Scare Tactics will be heading your way! For now, you can watch next week’s episode on the Syfy channel, Monday at 9/8c. Happy Hauntings everyone.

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