Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 6 Episode 1

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1994 on HBO
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Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
An ambulance-chasing lawyer finds herself in nightmare court when she is hauled in for having too many digits on her license plate, She finds herself going through the court several times, with new ways of them throwing the book at her.

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  • Tales From The Crypt: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime!A woman is brought into court of this strict town. When she pleads not guilty,they throw the book at her. Her aquintence gets his nose cut off. She goes through the court house many times like a maze.moreless

    I think is the greatest episode of Tales from the Crypt. Its what got me started. Its so scary, strange and weird. You go face to face with ghouls in the basement. The ghouls scaried me half to death as a kid. But I kept watching it over and over. The epsiode has this strange unsafe feel to it. Things just get weirder and weider as you go deeper into the story. The woman's aquintence gets his nose cut off. The fact that a town, let alone court, is so strange and cruel is just terrorfying. It goes down as one of the greatest and memorable episodes in my book.moreless
Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara

Geraldine Ferrett

Guest Star

Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol

Austin Haggard

Guest Star

Sandi Rose

Sandi Rose

Ghoul #2

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Cameo: Scott Nimerfro, who wrote numerous episodes (although, not this one), appears in the beginning as the man dragged to Courtroom B.

    • Music: Composed by Vladimir Horunzhy.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a Television News Anchorman for CKNN, the "Crypt Keeper Noose Network".

    • In the Crypt Keeper's opening wraparound news anchorman segment, the original comic cover artwork by Mike Vosburg from the episode's "Lower Berth" and "The Reluctant Vampire" are shown. The zombie and werewolf shots used in this sequence don't seem to have appeared in previous episodes and were probably only seen in this particular segment.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a a Television News Anchorman for CKNN, the "Cryptkeeper Noose Network".]
      The Crypt Keeper : From overseas and underworld, it's the Crypt Keeper Noose Network. Good evening creeps. In the news tonight, Wolfman bites dog. Vampires say life sucks. Mummy takes the wrap, after years in denial and illiterate zombies insist, they're better dead than read. [Gets hit in head with a knife.] Ahh, [Takes it out.] This just in, and our top story tonight is a nasty little sound bite about an ambulance chasing laywer who's about to bleed the toughest case of her life. I call it, "Let The Punishment Fit The Crime".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper as a Television News Anchorman for CKNN, the "Cryptkeeper Noose Network".]
      The Crypt Keeper: Talk about trial and terror. Still, I think Geri will do just fine. I mean aside from the occasional attack of motion sickness. [laughs] And now it's time for business news. [talks to corpse] So chip, what happened on the shock exchange today ? Oh...oh... [corpse spurts blood] Oh sorry. Looks like it's time for the spurts report instead ! [laughs] Oh boy ! [laughs]

  • NOTES (3)


    • Section 170.70

      Part of the New York State Penal Code for the charge of illegal possession of a vehicle identification number.

      This is the crime that Geraldine is initially charged with and brought into the courthouse for. Although the episode labels it as falling under Section 86, there actually is no Section 86.

    • Capital Punishment

      The sentence and punishment of death of a convicted criminal by a state for crimes such as murder and to lesser extents, treason. Although, it is mostly abolished by many countries, some like most of the United States still carry it. Some methods of Capital Punishment throughout the years and currently are gas chamber, hanging, lethal injection, and electrocution to name a few. Like most political issues, there are supporters of capital punishment and there are non-supporters.

      Throughout this episode, the human history of capital punishment are seen in props and sight gags. Various shots of hangings, mentions of lashings, body mutilation, etc. occur often. When Ms. Ferrett is being pillared, the executioner's axe (once used for decapitations) on her left side in the background and the large iron maiden (A famous torture device used throughout history to obtain information from enemies) on her right.