Season 2 Episode 18

How to Kill a Monster

Aired Unknown Feb 01, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Gretchen and her brother, Clark, hate staying at their weird grandparents' house. they live right in the middle of a dark, muddy swamp. And things just keep getting spookier as there's something really weird about Grandma and Grandpa's house. Something about that room upstairs. The one that's locked and has those strange noises coming from it.moreless

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  • A classic episode!!!The perfect example of how a simple premise can be pulled off beautifully ***episode spoilers***

    A short while before I saw this episode, I read the book and I loved it! And I thought that the episode would have been hard to adapt and the episode would suck, but the episode was a series classic! First of all, the siblings Gretchen and Clark were very believable, they deal with divorce and re-marriage, a very real concept. Gretchen's dad married Clark's mom. So this is Clark's first time visiting his new grandparents. Second of all, the storyline was simple yet beautiful, A swamp monster attacked Grandpa Eddie while he was hunting and he trapped it in a room in his house. Gretchen and Clark are playing and they accidently unleash the monster from it's room. Now they come up with different ways to kill it. Like by making it run of a dead end, poisoning it, etc. They ultimately kill when they are trying to climb out of a abanded coal chute in their grandparents basement and the swamp monster bites Clark's arm, but the monster is allergic to humans and it explodes! Third, the special effects were amazing! Ron Stefaniuk and Pam Mingo did an outstanding job at effects. The swamp monster was *very* realistic and totally awesome. All in all, I couldn't find ANYTHING bad about this episode. 10 out of 10!moreless
Peter Boretski

Peter Boretski

Grandfather Edward

Guest Star

Courtney Hawkrigg

Courtney Hawkrigg


Guest Star

Helen Hughes

Helen Hughes

Grandmother Rose

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Clark: Our grandparents locked us in. I bet they did it on purpose. I bet they wanted that monster upstairs to eat us.
      Gretchen: Get a grip, Clark. Why would my grandparents want to feed us to a monster?
      Clark: I don't know. Maybe they've been out in the swamp too long.

    • Gretchen: This gumbo is delicious, Grandma. I've never tasted chicken made like this before.
      Grandpa: That's because it ain't chicken. It's gator.

    • Gretchen: There it is, Grandma's house.
      Clark: Nice place. Does anyone actually live in it?

    • (Gretchen and Clark get dropped off and the car drives away.)
      Gretchen: I guess this is it.
      Clark: You guess? (he sneezes) Oh, great. My allergies. (He gets a tissue out of his pocket and wipes his nose.) Weren't your grandparents supposed to pick us up at the airport?
      Gretchen: Well, they're getting kind of old, ya know? My dad said sometimes they forget things.
      Clark: Yeah, like us.

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