American Gothic (1995–1996)
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Damned If You Don't 

Carter got away with molesting a girl, via Sheriff Buck's influence, but 17 years later, stalls about providing his own 15 year-old daughter as the Sheriff's go-fer. When junkyard owner ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck
Paige Turco ... Gail Emory
Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower
Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs
Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple
Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple
Muse Watson ... Wash Sutpen
Brigid Brannagh ... Poppy Bowen (as Brigid Walsh)
Steve Rankin ... Carter Bowen
Judy Simpson Judy Simpson ... Etta Bowen
Barnaby Carpenter Barnaby Carpenter ... T.J.
Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)
Troy Simmons Troy Simmons ... Josh Davenport
John Henry Scott ... Janitor
Donald S. Bland Donald S. Bland ... Cooper


Carter got away with molesting a girl, via Sheriff Buck's influence, but 17 years later, stalls about providing his own 15 year-old daughter as the Sheriff's go-fer. When junkyard owner Carter doesn't meet Buck's midnight deadline, immediately Carter's wife is maimed in a household accident. Buck offers to buy the orphaned Caleb an elaborate science project, while Caleb's dead sister & Dr. Crower counsel him to focus on learning, not cheating to win. Written by David Stevens

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Drama | Horror | Thriller






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10 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The character name "Wash Sutpen" comes from William Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom!" The story originates with a short story titled "Wash," the main characters of which are Thomas Sutpen, an immoral landowner, and Wash Jones, a tenant farmer, whose daughter Sutpen has impregnated (a frequently anthologized story). This was incorporated into the novel as the end of Chapter VII. See more »


Sheriff Lucas Buck: Mmm, damn! *This* is a fish stick.
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Retribution and Tornado
31 August 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Trinity, Carter Bowen is the owner of the local junkyard and repair service and lives in a house with his beloved wife Etta and his fifteen year-old daughter Poppy. Out of the blue, Sheriff Lucas Buck visits him and requests poppy to work in his office. Seventeen years ago, Carter had a problem with a teenager and Sheriff Buck helped him; now he wants Poppy in retribution and gives a parental authorization to Carter to be signed until midnight of the next day. Carter does not sign the document and Lucas asks him to lodge a newcomer to town in his house. When Carter sees who the stranger is, he threatens for Poppy's honor. Meanwhile Caleb needs to prepare a science project for the school fair and Buck and Dr. Matt Crower offer to help him.

"Damned If You Don't" is one of the darkest episodes of the "American Gothic". The fight between evil and good is presented in both subplots: Carter loses to the evil Sheriff Buck but Caleb is not corrupted by the sheriff and prefers to study the Bernoulli's principle as suggested by Matt instead of cheating as offered by Lucas. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Damned If You Don't"

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