Haunted Lives

Season 2 Episode 2

"Unfinished Business/Terror For Rent/Motel Hell"

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1992 on CBS
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Episode Summary

"Unfinished Business/Terror For Rent/Motel Hell"
The ghost of a hot-tempered and obstinate father returns begging for forgiveness in Texas. A loving couple are driven to killing each other in their new house in Sounthern California. A family is being haunted by the ghost of a young girl in a former Madison, Indiana motel.moreless

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    Joe Colligan

    Joe Colligan

    Rick Clanton

    Guest Star

    David Kaufman

    David Kaufman

    Tim Clanton

    Guest Star

    Carl Ciarfalio

    Carl Ciarfalio

    Union Official

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Christopher Chacone appears as himself in this episode. Chacone is a member of the real life Organization of Scientific Investigation and Research agency (aka OSIR) for whom the TV series "Psi Factor" was based on. Chacone has often appeared in ghost examinations for the TV series "Sightings."

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Priest: "I can feel the evil here; it's like a chill in the air."
        Steven Johnson: (sarcasticly) "There is a chill in the air - the thermostat is busted."

      • Ron Johnson: (about his son's loud stereo) "We could give him a cottage in Utah, we'd still hear his stereo."

      • Kyle Matheson: (over breakfast on the patio) "What did I do to deserve all this?"
        Rita Matheson: "You bought the patio furniture."
        Kyle Matheson: "What do I get for buying the four-poster bed?"

      • Bob Clanton (as ghost): "I know why I died." (His only line as a ghost. He repeats it over and over and even says it as a question at one point)

      • Tim Clanton: (upon first seeing his father's ghost) "You ain't supposed to be here!"

      • Narrator: "Bob Clanton was buried, but he was hardly ready to rest in peace."

    • NOTES (2)

      • The haunted hotel in the "Motel Hell" storyline has also been documented in the TV Series "Sightings" and "A Haunting" on the Discovery Channel. The Johnson family's experiences were also developed into the 1996 movie "The Univited" with Beau Bridges and Sharon Lawrence.

      • The Hotel Del Coronado featured in this episode has also been featured in the Haunted Hotels series on Travel Channel as well as the special, Ghosts: Caught On Tape.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Steven: "Yeah, that's what they said in The Birds!"

        Steve screams this after birds are found dead in the living room after crashing into the house. He's refering to the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds."

      • Doll: "Mommy... mommy..."
        Doll without batteries reacts just like Talkie Tina in the "Twilight Zone" Episode, "Living Doll."