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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Season 3 Episode 10

The Tale of the Dream Girl

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 1994 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

A teenager thinks he's just met the girl of his dreams when he puts on a mysterious ring that won't come off. Trouble begins when he learns that years ago she was killed in a car accident, and he realizes she wants to lure him to an early grave.moreless

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  • Ring of Promise

    This episode is one of the best ever. What made it great was it's use of build up suspense, character, and emotion. All of the charcters feel real, we can't help but feel Johnny's fear, confusion yet hungerious longing over Donna. Just like him we find Donna a good person but can't really make her out. Then there is Erica his sister who thoughout the episode is helpful to Johnny yet from her somber tone and sad look you can help but feel she is holding something back. We see themes of sibling bondage, lonelyness, and our desire for love and connection. It adds up to a shocking, sad, but romantic conclusion.moreless
  • i was waiting for erika to say "Jonny, Damit!!! I see dead people,ok" lol but she didn't it was still good though. lol

    The inspiration for the sixth sense definatly this episode was very satisfying. If you are a new commer to this series tis episode will definatly get your juices flowing.Whats most endicing is that they found a way to make you figure out the plot without it being revealed you would have never known jonny was dead already i hadent figured it out lol goood storrrry. Do check out this episode it's eye catching.moreless
  • *Spoilers!* Okay so I had a crush on Johnny. Really cute guy meets mystery girl and wants to know more about her.

    Oh, I remember it all so well. I'm sure I've seen this episode over 15 times. I cried every time, even my mom cried. I must say this was one i didn't see coming and I was the chick screaming 'No Way' at the screen. I've always been odsessed with Johnny Depp and then here comes this Jonny that reminds you of 'Cry Baby' and his cute little sister. They work in a bowling alley where Johnny is a 'hot' mechanic. After finding a ring in his locker it gets stuck on his finger. Johnny meets mystery girl Donna and is quickly smitten. The closer he and his sister come to finding out who she really is the wierder it gets. Why doth the truth hurt so much sometimes?moreless
  • The Dream girl had us guessing until the end... really!

    The dream girl is hands down one of my favourite episodes. I don't know if it was becasue I was young and naive, but I trully did not know the twist until it happened. Most people will know the storyline from the blockbuster The Sixth Sense... sans Haley Joel Osment. This epsiode was very suspensful and orgiinal and kept you wondering the entire time. For a half hour enstallment it ws done very effectively. Also, great job by Fab Filipo (best known as Busy's bro in ready or not) who was absolutely scrumptious in the role.moreless
Fab Filippo

Fab Filippo

Johnny Angelli

Guest Star

Andrea Nemeth

Andrea Nemeth

Erica Angelli

Guest Star

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

Mrs. Angelli

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Spoiler:According to the movie's director, M. Night Shyamalan, "The Sixth Sense" (which is known primarily for its shocking 'twist' ending) was partly inspired by this episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" In this episode of AYAOTD, the leading male character is ignored by others throughout the episode, yet is unaware that he is dead until the episode's final moments. The moment of realization comes when he sees his sister looking at a newspaper which features a story about his death.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sam: (Story Opening) Johnny and Erica were brother and sister, and they were really close. They even worked at the same place, The Bowl-O-Rama Lanes. Erica was a waitress. Johnny was the repair guy...

    • (Story Intro)
      Sam: I've got a story about something incredibly horrifying. But it's not about monsters or demons or the usual scary stuff. It's about soemthing that can strike any one of us at any time, and it's always when we least expect it.
      Gary: What is it?
      Sam: True Love.
      Kiki: Come on. You Gotta be kidding.
      Sam: Hey, who says love isn't scary? It can really hurt sometimes. Love is what people live for. And in my story... It's what they die for. Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story... The Tale Of The Dream Girl.

    • Johnny: Who are you?
      Donna: You should know by're wearing my ring!

  • NOTES (3)


    • n/a: Visual
      If you look closely in the graveyard where Johnny finds Donna's grave, you see it looks similar to the graveyard in "Old Man Corcoran". There's even a brief shot of the RON OIL tombstone, Ron was an AYAOTD director. Also, a quick shot of the BILL CUTTER grave that appears in the "Dream Machine" episode where Billy gets buried by Blind Paul. Bill Cutter may be related to Capt. Cutter in CUTTER'S TREASURE in Season Four. Nick saved money by using the same gravestones.