Amazing Stories: The Pumpkin Competition (1986)
Season 2, Episode 10
The giant pumpkin
12 May 2007
Warning: Spoilers
Elma, a rich old lady, is very eager to win the annual pumpkin competition at the Yarborough County Fair. She has participated about 20 times and has never won yet. When her rival Mildred wins again, Elma is furious and claims that Mildred's win is based on manipulation. Mildred replies that it is those who are willing to give who will get something back, and that that is true for both gardening and other matters. It seems that Elma is just too miserly.

When Professor Carver visits her and tells her about his project to reduce hunger in the world, she isn't interested. She doesn't care about hungry people and won't give the professor the 10,000 $ he needs to complete his project. But when he offers to give her his new growth formula in return, she becomes interested. The formula could help her win the next pumpkin competition. She gives the professor 5,000 $ and gets the growth formula. It works, so there will be no one to stop her this time...

This is an o.k. episode in my opinion. But I liked other episodes better. One of the reasons for this is that the main character isn't likable. I think that the ending is interesting, but other parts of the story aren't very interesting. For example, I'm not interested in pumpkin competitions very much. However, I think it's very good that the story also deals with hunger, and I think the message of the story is that people should care more about hunger in the world. That is a good message.

As far as I can tell, the story is set in the 1950s. But I think that it probably wasn't any famines from the 1950s that inspired the story; I guess it was inspired by the 1984-1985 famine in Ethiopia (remember the original Live Aid?).

I like stories like 'Thanksgiving' (the previous episode) better because I think they are more amazing, but this one still deserves six points in my opinion.
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