Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 7 Episode 3

A Slight Case of Murder

Aired Unknown May 03, 1996 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A game of cat and mouse ensues between a female mystery novelist and her jealous ex, when he accuses her of cheating on him with her nosey neighbor's son.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Music: Composed by Chris Boardman.

      • When Larry's looking in Sharon's car for her keys, the steering wheel of the car is on the right. This is another visual cue of the seventh season's move to England.

      • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is doing an astrology reading and is dressed as an astrologer/astrologist (A Merlin type wizard costume).

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Larry: For Christ's sake, Sharon, I know you're screwing him.
        Sharon: I wouldn't sleep with that moron if he had the last erection in the universe.

      • Mrs. Trask: Anything going on at the house?
        Joey:[passing with gun] Murder.
        Mrs. Trask: Oh, that's wonderful. Perhaps I inspired her.

      • Mrs. Trask: You'll be pleased to know I've become much more organized. I even know how my next story is going to end.
        Sharon: Mrs. Trask, I live by one hard-and-fast rule. In matters of murder, never know the ending till you get there.

      • [Opening wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as an astrologer.]
        The Crypt Keeper: It looks like Neptomb has just moved from Virghoul to late Capricorn, which would mean you should avoid any serious romantic enstranglements for a while, at least until the end of the month when Mercury turns retrograde. Hmm. Something about your horrorscope isn't making sense. Let me see your hand. [hand enters screen] Yes, interesting. I'm not much at bleeding palms, but your future seems rather cloudy. Kind of like the woman in tonight's tale. She's been contemplating her scar sign, too, in a nasty nugget I call "A Slight Case of Murder".

        [Closing wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as an astrologer.]
        The Crypt Keeper: [looking into a crystal ball] Looks like Sharon's due for a little career change from writing novels to screamplays. But with a talent like hers, I'm sure she'll just grim and bear it. [laughs] Now I know what's bothering me. You know, the zodi-hack never lies. You told me you were Sagittarius but the truth is, you're Pieces! [picks up customer's severed hand, laughs]

      • Mrs. Trask: Don't think I'm being pushy, Sharon dear. But, uh, have you had a chance to read my story yet?
        Sharon: [pourng sugar in cup, her back to Trask] As much as I could bear.

      • Mrs. Trask: [holding a cup] Hello, Sharon dear. I saw you writing away. I didn't want to disturb. um...cup of sugar?
        Sharon: [annoyed] Mrs. Trask. [removes pencil from hair]
        Mrs. Trask: [removes pencil from hair] I wish I could borrow a cup of adjectives instead.
        Sharon: [walking away from Trask] How about a cup of brain cells instead.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Astrology

        Astrology is the system of beliefs related to the idea that the position of various planets, stars and constellations in the universe as they relate to Earth can dictate and predict what might happen in one's life. The twelve main constellations of astrology are known as the Zodiac. These constellations (Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn) or "star signs" form the basis of popular horoscope predictions.

        In this episode, the Cryptkeeper's opening and closing wraparound segments feature him as an astrologer making comments on the star signs (Sagittarius, Capricorn, "Virghoul"[Virgo], and "Pieces"[Pisces]), the "zodi-hack", and "horrorscopes".

      • Agatha Christie

        One of England's most famous and prolific mystery writers. While she also wrote some plays and romance novels, she is most known for her 80 mysteries and the introduction of the classic detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Some of her best known works include Murder on the Orient Express and Ten Little Indians, aka And Then There Were None. She died in 1976.

        In this episode, Sharon Bannister says to Mrs. Trask regarding how bad Trask's latest book idea is, "Agatha Christie can rest in peace as far as you're concerned".