Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 7 Episode 1

Fatal Caper

Aired Unknown Apr 19, 1996 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A rich dying man makes changes to his will making his undeserving sons to seek out their long lost brother or their Inheritance goes to charity.

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    Bob Hoskins

    Bob Hoskins


    Guest Star

    Natasha Richardson

    Natasha Richardson

    Fiona Havisham

    Guest Star

    Greg Wise

    Greg Wise

    Justin Amberson

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Lawyer: He's right you know. You do have a beautiful body. If I wasn't so set in my ways, I'd think about having a go at you myself.
        Fiona: You're never too old to change.

      • Justin: You know, you and I, we make a pretty good team. How about once this little nastiness is over we do a spot of horizontal teamwork?
        Fiona: Justin, I wouldn't have sex with you if the survival of the species depended on it. Not even if you had a title.

      • Evelyn: Miss Havisham, please, please! You can't let him do this to me!
        Fiona: I'm afraid I can. He offered me a lot more money.

      • Fiona: Your brother may be a sex maniac and a cad but I hardly think he's malicious.

      • Evelyn: Righty-ho, then. Everyone gets what they deserve. You get titled, you get dead, and I get nothing!
        Justin: Well, maybe that's what you deserve.
        Evelyn: SHUT UP!

      • [Opening wraparound segment with the Cryptkeeper moving to London.]
        The Crypt Keeper: [Stock footage is shown of the British Parliament/Big Ben, the Royal Guard, a sign for Hyde Park Corner and Picadilly Circus, and the London Bridge.] Greetings, travel fiends. It's so exciting being here in London. I'm already feeling right at tomb. Care to join me for a little fright-seeing? Or maybe we could find a nice pub and tuck into some authentic flesh and chips. [laughs] Or we could go check out my English scare-itage. I bet you didn't know your pal, the Crypt Keeper, was one of the crowned ghouls, did you creeps? I've got all kinds of skeletons in my closet, which is kind of like the family in tonight's tale. You could call it, "Father Knows Beast", but I prefer "Fatal Caper".

        [Closing wraparound segment with the Cryptkeeper moving to London.]
        The Crypt Keeper: In the end Mycroft just didn't make the cut. Then again, neither had Frank. [laughs] I bet that's one son-rise Mycroft wishes he'd never seen. [laughs] Well, kiddies, looks like I'll be staying in England for a while. I think we'll all enjoy the trip. And when we finally do go home, I'm sure we'll have lots of souven-ears. [holds up stick with bloody ears hanging from it, laughs]

    • NOTES (3)

      • A "virtual comic book" of Fatal Caper, a presentation of the comic, can be found on the Complete Seventh Season DVD set.

      • From this episode on, most of the stories take place in England and are partially filmed there.

        To show this change, the Crypt Keeper is shown moving into his new Crypt located in London.

      • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Tales From The Crypt #20, Oct-Nov 1950. Script by Al Feldstein with art by Jack Kamen.

        The title of the story is actually "A Fatal Caper" and is based on the comic story in basically name only as it is completly different and follows a different premise and plotline.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Tantra

        Tantra is an offshoot of Hinduism, Buddhism and other Asian religions. It is based in the concept that the world we experience is based in a divine energy that we feel and acts to move humanity closer to that energy. Some methods of achieving this proximity include meditation, feast, and certain forms and techniques of sexual intercourse.

        In this episode, the first time we see Justin, he is engaging in Tantric sex with a woman in his bedroom. Later, while the details of the will are being read to his brother Evelyn and him, Justin is seen sitting in a chair, reading a book on Tantra.

      • The Day the Earth Stood Still

        The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 science fiction film about a large metal alien who comes to Earth. The metal robot being is killed by Earth militia but brought back to life by alien technology to tell the leaders of the world to abandon their warlike ways and to become peaceful less they face the wrath of his people in space. The most famous and culturally well-known line from this film is "Klaatu Barada Nikto", a line the alien Klaatu tells the character Helen to pass on to another alien as he is dying, leading to his revival.

        As Justin is performing the seance he is supposed to be speaking a foreign nonsensical language. In the middle of this bit, he says "klaatu barada nikto".

      • Miss Havisham

        A significant character in the Charles Dickens work, Great Expectations. She was a wealthy woman who used her money and power to both break men's hearts and "train" her daughter Estella to do the same. While she regrets her actions near the end of then novel, she is still in general seen as one of the more famous villains in British literature.

        The executor of Mycroft's will in this episode is also named Miss Fiona Havisham. Similar to the namesake, she uses her power over Mycroft's money and her beauty to coax men into unknowingly doing her bidding. However, Fiona Havisham's "secret" is uniquely hers and is not taken from the novel.

      • London

        London is the capital of the United Kingdom. In this season, parts of the production moved to England for many episodes.

        This was implied to the viewer through numerous references in the opening wraparound. First, the stock footage in the opening wraparound shows famous London landmarks, namely (in order), Parliament and Big Ben, the Royal Guard, a sign for Hyde Park Corner and Picadilly Circus, and London Bridge. Secondly, during the Crypt Keeper's wraparound segments, he first references finding a pub to "tuck into some flesh and chips", a reference to both "tuck", British slang for "eat", and fish and chips, a famous English meal. Finally, he mentions that he is one of the "crown ghouls", a reference to the Crown Jewels famously stored in the Tower of London.