Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Season 5 Episode 1

The Tale of the Dead Man's Float

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 1995 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Zeke is good at chemistry, but not at girls. When he befriends one, she teaches him how to swim at the school pool. However, the pool is haunted by the ghost of a body that was previously buried underneath the school.

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  • One of the scariest episodes

    Growing up as a kid in the 90's, Are You Afraid of the Dark was one of my favourite shows, and I remember this as being possibly the scariest episode.

    A chemistry genius with a fear of swimming and a swimmer who has been pushing for a school swim team discover an abandoned pool behind a wall of the school, hidden after a student mysteriously drowned in the pool many years before. As soon they soon learn, the pool is haunted by the restless ghost of one body that was left behind when a cemetery was moved to build it.

    When Zeke dumps a container of Methyl Orange into the water to turn the ghost visible (only part of the chemistry lesson we get out of this episode!), he must then overcome his crippling fear of the water to save Clorice from the terrifying being it becomes (a nightmarish-looking red skeletal zombie).moreless
  • Seriously... scared you!!!??

    SUCKS. I mean, seriously, its predictable. Its the normal story. A nerd boy in love with a popular girl. A ghost of a body buried underneath the school. The boy and the girl fight with it, almost got trapped, but finally destroyed it. O NO! I WASTED ALL OF MY TIME ON THIS! sucks.

    body wasnt that ... scary....

    worst actors Ive ever seen.

  • The best episode of this show.

    In my opinion this is the best episode of all the "Are you afraid of the Dark" episodes. When i first saw this episode it scared the crap out of me. It's one of those kind of episodes where i wanted to watch what was gonna happen but i was too scared to. lol. In my opinion "are you afraid of the dark" was kinda getting dull, but then i saw this episode and i was like "wow, they are doing it right again" if it wasnt for this episode i dont know if i would have continued watching this show till the end like i did.moreless
  • In my opinion, the scariest of them all!

    It took me almost 2 years to get into a pool ever again for fear of being drowned by ghosts! I thought this was a great episode and really played on my fears of the water which I never knew I had. Although it did not contain as much action as some of its more notable episodes it certainly gave me a more believable feel of fear with drowning.
  • Deep Rising

    This episode is probably one of the last great episodes the show ever had. Basically it's sort of a shark in the water like scinario, I never thought that a pool could actually become something scary, it was great how the episode turn something that seems convinent and harmless into something deadly a common thing horror does with convinent enviorments, people, senses, and items it turns them against us. The ghost/zombie look scary, reminded me of those zombies I see in those Italian Horror films like "The Beyond".

    However what really drove the show were two of the main protagonists themselves I really like the duo dynamic between them. In a way the theme of it is on self empowerment. Zeke is basically your typical underdog, who doesn't look like much, he has little mussle, misunderstood or overlooked by people but he has brains and a certain charming persona. Like all underdogs he desires the unattainable girl, I'll admit his taste is sort of the same as mine. Clarise, we see is a spicy girl who is just a bit stuck up, thinks Zeke is a geek.

    I admire Zeke in this episode because he's got guts as well as the smarts to go with it, sure he probably thought there was no way in the world a girl like her would go out with him due to his limitations which have made him nervous and inexperenced. But he gave it a try and he came through. In a way the more time he spends with her and going through the sittuation their in he becomes more of a guy. Clarise we see begins to warm up to him the more she gets to know him and actually really likes him, because she's seeing that wonderful person deep down inside him.

    And it really comes though in my favorate moment when she's in trouble the ghost is coming after her, Zeke doesn't know how to swim but despite that limitation he cares enough about Clarise's life that he actually risks his own by doing the most unexpected thing, jumping in the water to save her, yeah an act like that takes real guts and he's got them.

    As the saying goes the only way you can really learn how to swim is to jump in the water. That's what Zeke did when it came to Clarise and he won.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: How was Greta able to sneak up on Zeke and Clorice? They would have heard her splash into the water, unless she was already in when they got there in which case she would have had to have held her breath for over 5 minutes.

    • Nitpick: How could an entire school not know about the pool? The room was huge and would have been visible from the outside.

    • The outside shot of the high school is the same school featured in another Are You Afraid Of The Dark? episode, "The Midnight Ride".

    • Jay Baruchel has appeared in numerous other Are You Afraid of the Dark episodes, including "The Tale of the Zombie Dice," "The Tale of the Walking Shadow," and "The Tale of the Time Trap".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Clorice: (talking about Zeke) What a geek.
      Greta: I think he's cute. Like a puppy you want to take care of.
      Clorice: More like a puppy you need to clean up after.

    • Clorice: Yo, Red! Catch! (She throws the powder on him)

    • Stig: (Story Intro) I figure I have to impress you guys, so... I'm giving it my best shot. A lot of people don't like the way I am. They're always telling me I gotta clean up my act. But sometimes, things are the way they are for a reason, and if you go making changes, that shouldn't be made... You could end up with a whole mess of trouble. Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story... The Tale Of The Dead Man's Float.

    • Betty Ann: Tucker's nominating someone?!?
      Tucker: Why not? He's a friend of mine.
      Kiki: You say that like it's a good thing.

    • Charlie: It's back.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This story was told by Stig as his first initiation story. But the vote for his entrance into the Midnight Society wasn't unanimous, so he had to try telling another story later.