My So-Called Life

Season 1 Episode 9

Halloween

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1994 on ABC
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Angela finds herself in 1963 during a mystical Halloween experience; Graham and Patty create some magic of their own with the help of medieval Halloween costumes.

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  • Excellent. Not many shows can pull off the paranormal plot, but this one does.

    10
    This was a great episode. I usually HATE these types of episodes, where there's some kind of urban legend that the kids try and figure out and stuff. But i totally bought it. I was actually scared when Angela was walking the hallways of her high school in the dead of the night. And the whole flashback thing with that Nickie Drischol guy, usually i would be rolling my eyes thinking that whole thing was lame, but it was great!



    And Angela's usually annoying sister was pretty good in this too. Her Halloween costume was very original, i had a feeling she was going to be going around as Angela. Her parents getting all... kinda put me off though. Rayanne was great, i love that girl. Which is strange because i usually hate those type of neurotic twitchy characters, but she is awesome in this episode. Especially when she catches Brian out for looking at her legs. Brian is so girl crazy though, he longs for Angela but the moment he sees something else remotely feminine, he's a bumbling stuttering mass. But that's Brian. This could possibly be one of my favourite episodes. It was fun. And funny. Two thumbs up.moreless
  • This episode is about the gang discussing the topic of Nicky Driscoll, who died on Halloween. Then they decide to go looking for his ghost at the old school, where he was killed.moreless

    10
    I absolutely looove this episode because it was interesting. It was everything I expected it to be. I mean the fact that Angela realized that, in a way, Jordan was sort of like Nicky. So she tries to get through to him because she doesn't want him to end up like Nicky. It was funny at times. I like the fact that it had a little horror stint to it. But some of the scenes I really didn't get. Overall, I liked it and wouldn't mind seeeing it again. The part when Brian was looking at Rayanne's legs was cute. It was hilarious when he denied it when Rayanne asked him. What was also funny was when Brian decided to go as himself for Halloween. I'm glad Angela was able to save Jordan before he ended up like Nicky.moreless
  • This episode is about Angela, Rayanne and the rest of the gang getting ready for Halloween. But everyone really starts to think of the legend of Nick Driscoll who played a prank but fell from the rafters and died.moreless

    10
    This is one of my favorite shows in this series next to



    "Betrayal" of course. But anyway Angela and the rest of the



    gang decided to go back to school at night. They wanna see



    if the legend is real. Angela sees Nicky everywhere and



    figures out that Nicky is in some sort of way like Jordan.



    So the gang split up and Angela ends up wandering the halls



    of the school by herself. Then she finds a ticket stub to



    the dance of '63. Where she see the students from '63



    including Nicky. Then she tries to talk Nicky out of



    going through with the prank. She tries to tell him that



    he has a chance to get his life straight but she fails



    to get the message to him. But she sets out to get the



    message through to Jordan the next day and she succeeds.



    Then when she opens her book she see the red rose that



    Nicky gave his girlfriend before he died in it.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nicky Driscoll died on the Halloween before the Kennedy assassination, which would be 31 October 1963. Indeed, Angela finds a ticket stub from the dance with that year on it. However, the yearbook she checks to find Nicky Driscoll's picture is the yearbook from the year 1963, which would have been for the year before, for the class of 1963, who would have graduated in May/June of that year. Instead she finds Nicky Driscoll's picture with the phrase "In Memorium",which would normally appear in the class of 1964's yearbook, since that would come at the end of that school year. Also, the ghost dance in the gym announces that the dance is for the class of '63, another reference to the class that would have already have graduated.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Angela: Does anybody know Jordan Catalano. That question, like, got to me. I mean, I'd had seven conversations with him, and one really bad kiss, and one amazing one. But did I, like, know him.

    • Angela: When I was little I, like, worshipped Halloween. And truthfully, part of me still does. Because it's your one chance all year to be someone else.

  • NOTES (4)

    • German episode title: "Die Geister, die man ruft" (The ghosts you called for)
      French episode title: "Halloween"

    • Nicky Driscoll was named after Diane Driscoll, an assistant to the co-exec producers. Another assistant to the co-exec producers was Jennifer Catalano, who Jordan Catalano was named after.

    • Music: "Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley; "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares.

    • Halloween Costumes
      Angela : Girl from 1963
      Rayanne: Vampiress
      Rickie: Brian
      Brian: Himself
      Patty : Rapunzel
      Graham: Pirate
      Danielle: Angela
      Sharon: Cat

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Ms. Lerner: Today, we're going to be visiting Mr. Dickens' world of dark factories, gray skies, lost souls.

      The class was studying Charles Dickens, one of history's greatest novelists, who wrote The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

    • Ruthie: That's the last time I let them use my 45's for a hop. They scratched my Mathis and my Ricky Nelson.

      Johnny Mathis is an American Grammy Award-winning singer most famous in the 1950's.
      Ricky Nelson was an American singer who rose to teen idol status in the late 1950's.

    • Shopkeeper: Please don't say you want Power Rangers.

      Power Rangers, currently in its 15th season, is about five teenagers who can morph into warriors from the spirits of dinosaurs to protect Earth from an evil space witch.

    • In the library while Angela and Rayanne are discussing people who have died young, Rayanne has a picture of Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the rock band Nirvana who committed suicide.

    • Ms. Lerner, Angela's English teacher, is dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, a fictional Jedi master from the Star Wars universe.

    • Danielle: Mom, I can't be Catwoman. Sheri Hickey is going to be Catwoman, and she's, like, developed.
      Graham: I thought she was gonna be Madonna.

      Catwoman is a fictional villainess from the Batman series published by DC Comics.
      Madonna is a a multiple Grammy and Golden Globe-award winning singer and actress. She holds the Guinness World Record for the top earning female singer.

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