Season 1 Episode 3

The Cuckoo Clock of Doom

Aired Unknown Nov 03, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Michael Webster always seems to be getting into trouble, and he knows why: his bratty, little sister, Tara, who seems to have no problem getting his parents to believe whatever she says. Michael's Dad order's a grandfather clock, and tells the family that he was told by the shopkeeper that there is an error on the clock. He firmly tells Michael and Tara that they are both not to touch the clock, but Tara does, and gets caught, prompting Michael to further get her in trouble, so he goes and changes the direction of the cuckoo bird from forwards to backwards. However, Michael wakes up three days in the past, and goes further back in time the next, and this process shows no signs of stopping until he really is lost in time...moreless

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  • In The Cuckoo Clock of Doom,Michael's father just bought a clock thats magical,you turn the birds head backward,time rewinds.If you turn forward time moves forward.Michael turns time back.If he doesnt fix it, he'll disappear.moreless

    got one word for this episode-LAME!

    It is very boring, the only thing that makes up for anything is that fact that the story was orginally a book by a genius author R. L. Stine. The book was good, the episode is just lame! mediocre at best.

    I have nothing more to say, unfortonely i still have 40 words left to write. so - blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, 19 words left . . .

    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blab blab blab blab babble, watching xena.moreless
  • Love this episode sort of like my life

    I've been rejected, stomped on, and really get blamed for something my sibs did that I didn't do making me look bad in public. Well pretty much Michael's life is like that. Tara is so rotten and so selfish that yes I agree that she was born bad from the beginning and wonder if she'll ever book a job when she grows up a little more. The going back in time was genius and I got to say, if my life was like that, then the aftermath would so be worth it. However, 1988 got slashed off. The book is so much different. I loved this episode.moreless
  • Love this episode!!!!

    This is one of the greatest episodes in the Goosebumps series.It deserves a real plaque.If you want to know what I mean,you would have to see it for yourself.Whoever directed this did a great job.The acting was great,great storyline,and just really worth watching.If you ever have 30 minutes free,watch this.A series classic?Maybe.The real answer?This is a great episode,needs to be appreciated,and one great series classic.Yep.You heard me there and then.Anyways,there was also great comedy involved.This isn't usually the Goosebumps style,but the comedy was in the first season episodes because they didn't have enoungh lines.But,this comedy was suprisingly nessaccary.


    There's my review.moreless
  • This whole series sucks.

    Oh no! If I ever hear Cartoon Network mention Goosebumps... THE SERIES, again I will scream! The acting is awful, just like the plot, and the worst of all is how fake the episodes are. this episode is near the extreme in lame factor. I don't get it, a kid gets chased by a clock and his dreams, wakes up and he's five again. What is wrong with these kids? they scream when nothing scary is happening! "Holy Flubber Nugget! Mom! Dad! The Guy On The Oatmeal Box Looks Like Our Grandma!!!!". I don't know, that would be kinda scary. Anyway, I'm sure glad this series is over, I just wish Cartoon Network would just simply cancel it from their station and move on.moreless
  • God, this is such a sweet episode.

    The episode is so brilliant. It's so memorable on everything. This episode was without a doubt, the best episode of season 1, part 1. This episode won't be forgotten anytime soon. And the two best parts? When Michael was a baby(when he did baby talk, I thought that in real life, he would go "S*************************!" It would've been 10 times funnier. Another memorable part was the beginning, with Tara's invention of the word "krej"(for noobs, it's jerk backwards).And the twist ending can be predictable if you look really deep inside the story. So, basically, this episode was awesome, which is why I give it a nine.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The second time Michael goes through his birthday, his mom asks him to help her with his cake. When he goes to her, you see they're outside, but the first time of Michael's birthday, they were inside.

    • In the scene where Michael is dreaming, he opens the door to the room the Cuckoo clock is in and begins to scream. But we hear the scream a split second before his mouth opens.

    • The first time when Michael's dad tells Tara not to touch the clock, you see she has bangs on her forehead, but when she turns around to stick her tongue out at Michael, her bangs are gone.

    • When it shows the episode name, you see that they put it in white. However, the rest of the episodes' names are in green.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Michael is now six years old but doesn't realize it yet.)
      Mrs. Webster: What is it, sweetie? Are you having bad dreams? Oh, I know what it is, your just excited because it's your birthday tomorrow! (She looks at the clock which says 12:01 AM.) Oh, actually it is tomorrow already! Happy birthday, Mikey! My big boy is six years old!
      Michael at Six: Six?! (He runs to the mirror and sees that he is six.) Ahhh!!!
      Mr. Webster: (walks in with a full head of hair, unlike when Michael was twelve.) What's wrong, little buddy?
      Michael at Six: Hair!

    • Tara: Gotcha! (She throws a fake dinosaur head at Michael.) Ha ha ha, what a krej! (pronounced "credge")
      (Tara turns to her friends.)
      Tara: I told ya he was a krej.
      (Tara turns back to Michael.)
      Tara: That's "jerk" spelled backwards, you krej!
      Michael: What's your problem, Tara? What have I ever done to you?
      Tara: (Squirts ketchup from a bottle at Michael)Ha ha!

    • (As Michael opens his present, which is a CD.)
      Josh: (Sarcastically Gosh, Henry, I wonder if it's a CD.
      Henry: (Sarcastically) No, Josh, it's a football!
      (Both Josh and Henry chuckle, and Michael sees it's a CD.)
      Michael:Awesome. Thanks, Mona. I don't have this one.
      Tara: 'Course not! You said it was lame and you threw it out, but now he'll probably like that he's in love!
      (Everyone laughs except Michael,and Mona blushes.)

  • NOTES (3)


    • When Michael looks in the mirror at age 6, his scream and facial expression is exactly the same as Macauly Culkin's scream in the Home Alone movies.