Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Food for Thought

Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 10/6/93
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  • Episode Description
  • A heartless freakshow clown, being taught how to read minds by his beautiful mind-reading wife, goes off the deep end when he finds out she is in love with the show's fire-eater.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Kassir

    voice of The Crypt Keeper

  • Rodman Flender

  • Larry Wilson

  • Stephen Lovejoy

  • Sylvester Levay

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • An odd tale of circus folk.

    By patty_h, Mar 06, 2009

  • The only "Crypt" that disturbs me.

    By sniktawt, Nov 18, 2006

  • Zambini and his act connie are in the carnival. Zambini is mean to her, and after the pain of Zambini killing her 'love' she does leave.

    By marieia, Nov 16, 2006

  • An episode you will go ape over!

    By GameraTrekkie, Nov 02, 2006

  • Circus Sideshow...? (Yawn)

    By kenya85, Sep 06, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • [Spoiler Warning] Zambini: (calling out to Connie with his thoughts) Come to me now! Connie: (heard in thought) I hear you, i'm coming. Zambini: (heard in thought) I knew you wouldn't go far. You can't stay away from Zambini! Connie: (heard in thought) You're right, I can't stay away from you. (Zambini looks up to the skywindow after hearing a thud. He see's something near the window and here's a chain dragging) Connie: (heard in thought) I'm here (Nabonga the Ape smashes thru the window and lands in front of Zambini. Who's horrified to discover Connie's thought's are coming from the Ape) Connie: (heard in thought) I want my dessert! Zambini: (heard in thought) YOU! Connie: (heard in thought): This is for Johnny! (Connie controls Nabonga to pick up a cleaver from the table and lunge at Zambini) Connie: (heard in thought): I want to taste your mind. Zambini: No! No! No! (The Cleaver comes down on his head) AHHH!

    • Zambini: You play with fire, you get burned.

    • Emmet: [After seeing the twins naked]] I just won me a bet!

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a dentist and examining an x-ray.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Hmm...frankly, your hax-rays look terrible. You've got to pay close attention to your oral die-gene, or you'll end up looking like me. I want you to brush after every meal; floss, and gar-goy-le twice a day. Hmm...yes...looks like I have to drill. [pulls out a power drill] This won't hurt ME a bit! [laughs] In the meantime, to take your mind off of the pain, I've got a little dose of fright-rous oxide for you. [places breathing mask over patient.] It's about a sideshow mind reader who's lost his head over a pretty girl. I call it, "Food for Thought". [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a dentist.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Mmm...yummy. I sure hope Nobonga ate it all. You know what they say, kiddies: a mind's a terrible thing to waste. Maybe she saved some for breakfast, and had it in a brain muffin. [Laughs; turns to patient] I'm afraid it's going to have to come out. Oh, yes it does. Now butcher head back. Open wider...WIDER...[pulls out the patient's tongue] Got it! They don't call me the Tooth Scary for nothing. [Laughs]

    Notes (5)

    • Kathryn Howell and Margaret Howell are real-life identical twin sisters but they are not actually conjoined. This was achieved with prosthetics.

    • Cast Connection: Reginald Hunter is also in the episode "Split Personality".

    • Director Connection: Rodman Flender also directed the episode, "99 & 44/100% Pure Horror".

    • Cast connection: Phil Fondacaro was also in the feature film, "Tales From The Crypt Presents: Bordello Of Blood".

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Tales From The Crypt #40, Feb-Mar. 1954. Script by Al Feldstein with art by Jack Davis.

    Trivia (3)

    • Music: Composed by Sylvester Levay.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a dentist.

    • Goof: Zamibini throws a bucket of gasoline into Johnny's face and he doesn't react - gasoline in the eyes would be extremely painful.

    Allusions (1)

    • Nabonga A 1944 adventure film in which a young woman lives in the jungle with an ape protector. It was directed by Sam Newfield and starred Buster Crabbe. In this episode, the gorilla in the sideshow is named Nabonga.

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