Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 2 Episode 17

My Brother's Keeper

Aired Unknown Jul 24, 1990 on HBO
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Episode Summary

The relationship between siamese twins becomes strained when the sensitive one refuses an operation to separate himself from his slob brother.

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    Jessica Harper

    Jessica Harper

    Marie Hilton

    Guest Star

    Valerie Bickford

    Valerie Bickford


    Guest Star

    Jonathan Stark

    Jonathan Stark

    Edward "Eddie" Doran

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • [Opening wraparound segment]
        The Crypt Keeper: Are you alone tonight? Consider yourself lucky. There could be two of you and imagine what a frightmare that would be. [Looks in the Mirror] Ahh! [laughs]. Just a reflection. Not so for tonight's stars, Frank and Eddie... two brothers who are touchingly close. When a woman tries to come between them, she finds herself caught in a tangled web of jealousy and intrigue. I think you'll find it a twinning combination. So without further ado. I bring you "My Brother's Keeper".

        [Closing wraparound segment]
        The Crypt Keeper: Well maggot-meisters, how's that for a cheeky little tale? [laughs] Frank sure picked a deadly time to sever all thighs with his brother. And poor Eddie suffered the unkindest cut of all... a real split personality. [laughs]

    • NOTES (1)

      • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Shock SuspenStories #16, August-September 1954. Story by Carl Wessler with art by George Evans.

        [Spoiler Warning for comic book story]
        This episode differs slightly from the comic story. In the original comic story, the fact that the two brothers are siamese twins is hidden from the audience/reader Twilight Zone "The Eye Of The Beholder" style; i.e. there is always something obstructing our view, or the characters are shown from angles which don't give away the fact that they are joined. The "twist" ending is the realization that they are conjoined.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • A Separate Peace

        A popular award winning coming-of-age novel by John Knowles about the relationship between two boys at a private boarding school during World War II.

        In this episode, when Frank's in the hospital bed, he's shown reading the novel "A Separate Peace". While the episode has nothing to do with the book, it's a nice wordplay side joke for the eagle-eyed.