Eerie, Indiana

Season 1 Episode 19

The Broken Record

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Dec 09, 1993 on NBC
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The Broken Record
Marshall tries to get a gloomy friend to lighten up by showing him an album from the heavy metal band Pitbull Surfers, but soon the Eerie weirdness kicks in and the quiet overachiever is turned into rebellious headbanger.

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  • After watching the entire series on the DVD release, I have to admit that this episode actually freaked me out.

    What do you get when you have a paranormal kids show/comedy and give it a "very special" episode?

    The outline of this episode is basic enough: dorky kid has abusive father, so he drowns away his worries with rock music. You can only go downhill with this!

    Although the episode had its oncredibly big "dud, that's impossible" moment with the milk truck crash, that doesn't really bring it down much, especially when you find out the twist. What, you thought that subliminal messages in rock music was the twist?

    All in all, you're gonna love this episode, though it may creep you out long after watching it.moreless
Tom Everett

Tom Everett

Tod's Dad

Guest Star

Grant Gelt

Grant Gelt

Tod McNulty

Guest Star

Gwynyth Walsh

Gwynyth Walsh

Tod's Mother

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Marshall: Back in Jersey, the Pit Bull Surfers were real popular with all the metalheads. I liked them because they're so dumb. Well, one day they finally hit Eerie. Unfortunatelly, they hit my friend Todd McNulty the hardest. His family lost their farm about a year ago and his dad was still out of work. I thought a little mindless headbanging music would cheer him up, maybe change his outlook. I was only too right.

    • (In reference to Syndi finally coming home)
      : She's alive! (pause) She's dead...

    • Marilyn: Please tell us something that won't terrify us...
      Marshall: Well, you wouldn't believe me if I told ya.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Wilson twins (from "Forever Ware") reappear as EMTs attending Todd after the milk truck accident.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on October 13, 1991, but because of the cancellation it originally first aired in the US on December 9, 1993, when Disney aired it. This is also not the final episode filmed, but was a leftover from earlier in the season.

    • The song that Simon repeatedly sings is "We've Only Just Begun" by The Carpenters


    • Simon: Boy, does your dad know my dad? They could start a club.

      Simon refers to how both his and Todd's dad are somewhat abusive and negligent-- Todd's dad is verbally abusive to his son, while Simon's dad was understood to be having an affair (mentioned in "The ATM with a Heart of Gold").

    • Syndi: Do you think that Jane Pauley got where she is today by playing it safe?

      Jane Pauley is a journalist and television broadcaster. At the time this episode aired she was hosting Dateline NBC, but at the time the episode was filmed in 1991 she was between jobs, having left Today a few years before Dateline NBC debuted.