Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 7 Episode 2

Last Respects

Aired Unknown Apr 26, 1996 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Three sisters think they have found a way out of their troubles when they discover a monkey's paw that grants them their wishes.

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  • The first episode I ever saw.

    This episode was the first TftC I had ever seen, and I've always been able to remember it even if I'd seen it only once.

    Basically, three sisters find the old monkey's paw, and when one wishes for a fortune she winds up getting killed for it, until the other sister unintentionally uses the paw to reveal what really happened. To get revenge, she beats the paw at it's own game and gives the final wish to their dead sister, who comes back to get her revenge on the sister who killed her. A classic which survived as a type of rebooted sequel for the Wish You Were Here story from the original movie.moreless
  • Emma Samms Is In It

    I don't know if I'm a big "Crypt" fan; to me, the series seemed to be just an excuse to expose blood and gore on TV. Some of the episodes are okay, but I like this episode above all others just because Emma Samms starred in it. Unfortunately, the episode doesn't do anything new but rehash the same Curse of the Monkey Paw story, but the only unusual twist is how the daughters try to get around the curse by trying to get around it. Predictably, it doesn't work. If I had written the episode, while knowing Emma Samms was starring in it, I could have written a far more intense scene with a completely gore-free and more psychologically intense plot, but no one asked.moreless
Kerry Fox

Kerry Fox


Guest Star

Emma Samms

Emma Samms


Guest Star

Molly Weir

Molly Weir

Grandma Oaklist

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • [Opening wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as a financial advisor.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Greetings, Infestors, I'll be with you in a moment.I was just putting away these gross profits for safe keeping.
      You see, boils and ghouls, at Crypt Keeper Financial we can help you get morgue for your money. Whether it's mutual fiends you want or cold, horrid cash we can guarantee you'll coroner the market.[laughs] Hmmmm, I bet you'd be the type that's interested in boo chips, like tonight's tale. It's about three girls who are chopping around for a tax fright off of their own.In a nasty shock option I call..."Last Respects".

      [Closing wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as a financial advisor.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Shame about LaVonne. She wanted so badly to be rich, but ended up just another paw girl. [laughs] Still, you'll be pleased to know, kiddies, that the girls settled their differences and reopened the store as Ye Olde Gore-iocity Shoppe. It's so nice to see a little family business that gruesome. [laughs, camera pulls back to show theres someone else in Cryptkeeper's office] As for me, I'm afraid a few of my investment strategies have got me into trouble with the "Die-RS". Not to worry though, the joke's on him. I'm about to make [pulls out large knife] a killing! [laughs, IRS agent turns to the camera, scared.]

    • Delores: You're mad.
      LaVonne: No, I'm not! I'm justified! You didn't marry Basil. You didn't change Grandma Oakfist's nappies every night. I did. I paid my dues. And now I want out, and you're not going to stop me.

    • Mortician: As I told your sister, it's very strange, Ms. Finger. Very strange....
      Delores: She's alive, isn't she?
      Mortician: Uh no. Not quite that strange, but strange enough.

    • Mr. Curd: [takes LaVonne's hand] Again, my condolences, Ms. Finger. But, as I mentioned before, I do have a dinner engagement.
      LaVonne: Mr. Curd, I don't care if you're having dinner with the Queen in your underwear. If you don't take your hands off me right now, I promise you I will personally introduce all 33 of these snakes up your large and rather unflattering....

    • Marlise: We won't wish for anymore than we really need.
      Delores: [holding the monkey's paw] Exactly. I wish....for a million pounds.
      Marlise: A million pounds? We're as good as dead!
      Delores: You said start small.

      Marlise: That's not small.

      Delores: Yes, it is. In the scheme of things. Don't forget that I have unlimited power here. I could've easily asked for 100 million or even a billion pounds.

    • Grandma Oakfist: Beware the paw. It's...cursed. [burps loudly] More meat. More meat.
      Lavonne: A simple "please" would have sufficed. Do you see what i have to put up with around here? Do you? It's ridiculous. [Grandma Oakfist farts offscreen]

    • Marlise: I hate you!
      Lavonne: Yeah, well, I hate you even more. In fact, I detest the actual day that you were born, you wretched little mistake. [to Dolores] Has it ever occurred to you that one more prophylactic to a box and it would've been just the two of us?

  • NOTES (2)

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Tales From The Crypt #23, April-May 1951. Story by Al Feldstein with art by Graham Ingels.

      This story is based on the comic story in basically name only as it is completely different and follows a different premise and plotline, however it does use the "Monkey's Paw" premise from the story, "Wish You Were Here" from Haunt Of Fear #22 Nov-Dec 1953, with art by Graham Ingels. That story was also featured in Freddie Francis' 1972 Tales From The Crypt film.

    • This episode was directed by Freddie Francis, the same man that directed the 1972 Tales From the Crypt movie.


    • Scooby-Doo

      Animated series from Hanna-Barbara that has been on the air in some form since 1969. In the original, A group of mystery-solving teens travel to various locations and attempt to figure out what is causing some mysterious monster to appear. Invariably, the monster would always be a person in a rubber suit who, upon getting caught would say that he "would've gotten away with it if it hadn't been for you meddling kids". Later incarnations had the mystery-solvers being kids (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), added supernatural elements (The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo), and added characters to the group (Scooby and Scrappy-Doo and The Scooby-Doo Movies).

      In this episode, when Delores confronts LaVonne about the accident near the end of the story, LaVonne admits to the crime and says "That's right! And I would have got away with it, too, if it hadn't been for that ridiculous paw."

    • Ozzy Osbourne

      Former lead singer of the band, Black Sabbath. Over the course of his career, he's produced many hits both solo and with Sabbath including "Crazy Train", "Iron Man", and "Bark at the Moon". He's also become well known for his work on the reality show of his family's life, The Osbournes, and also for the crazy antics of his tours in the earlier days of his career. In 1981, during one of his concerts, despite gaining legendary myth status, he really did bite the neck of a live bat that a fan threw on the stage, thinking it was a rubber toy. He has forever been linked to biting the head off a live bat despite not actually biting it off completly.

      When Lavonne is redecorating the shop for Halloween, Dolores tells her not to say she doesnt want people coming in dressed as Iggy Oswald. Lavonne corrects her saying Ozzy Oswald. Dolores then finishes her thought saying that they'd be dressing as Ozzy Oswald and "biting the heads off rubber bats". This is of course, a reference to the famous bat biting incident.

    • The Monkey's Paw

      A story by W.W. Jacobs, which one character gets hold of a magical monkey paw which gives him 3 wishes, each leading to a horrific ironic conclusion.

      In this episode, the three main principals receive a monkey's paw.