Remember After School Specials? First coined by ABC (American Broadcasting Company) in 1972, they were a series of made-for-television movies, usually dealing with controversial or socially relevant issues, that were generally broadcast in the late afternoon and meant to be viewed by school age children, particularly teenagers.
In the 1980’s, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) came out with a series of their own called “Trying Times.” This half-hour anthology was about people struggling with the daily routines of life and starred a who’s who of 80’s actors: Rosanna Arquette, Candice Bergen, Stockyard Channing, Corey Feldman and even Talking Heads front man David Byrne.
In this episode Rosanna Arquette is visiting her new in-laws for the first time, and sneaks a piece of pie from a neurotic relative played by David Byrne. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Byrne’s acting chops at 1:30 are perhaps the best of anything ever seen!