Name gag: Although Sylvia tells Ronnie her last name is Vane, as in "weather", taking the name in context to it's other spelling "Vain", which means conceited and in love with one's looks, this could be an in-joke pun as it matches her character's traits.
Name gag: Like Sylvia's name somewhat matching her personality, Ronnie's last name being "Price" can also be somewhat of an in-joke pun, matching his character's traits as he is rich and even remarks that his name is Ronnie Price, as in "everyone has theirs".
Running Time: [excluding opening title sequence] 27 minutes 14 seconds.
Music: Composed by Jay Ferguson.
Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is wearing his traditional robe with the hood down and is wiping a mirror then breaks it after looking at it. In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is wearing his traditional robe with the hood down and is putting on Acme Acne Cream.
Pimp: Hey, baby, how's business?
Raven: Cat's meow.
Pimp: [Takes his money] Mmmmm Hmmmm. All right. [Kisses Raven, turns to talk to Sylvia] How about you, sweet thing? A pretty girl like you, could use a manager. You hear where I'm at?
Sylvia Vane Yeah, well don't do me any favors, honey.
Pimp: Yeah, uh, [Grabs Sylvia by the arm] Just talking business, sweet thing.
Sylvia Vane: I'm gonna say this once. You touch me again, I'll shoot your d*ck off.
Pimp Well, you listen up, little girl. This is grownup time out here. You wanna have an attitude, you might need some protection. Yeah, pretty girl like you, could get ugly real fast with an attitude. You hear where I'm at, sweet thing? [Laughs, walks away]
Raven: You know something honey? If I had a dollar for everytime you stood in the mirror admiring your face, I could get off the streets and retire to the Bahamas.
Sylvia Vane: Yeah, well this face is my meal ticket honey. I'm cold, let's go get some coffee.
Raven: I don't know about you, but my sh*t's always hot. [laughs]
[Opening wraparound segment]
The Crypt Keeper: [wiping a mirror] Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fearest of them all? [mirror breaks] Looks like I just bought seven years bad luck. Speaking of bad luck, its time for another nasty little terror tale from my crawly collection and this one's got a message too. It's a story about greed, death, and a girl that learned that beauty is "Only Sin Deep".[laughs]
[Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper putting on Acme Acne Cream.]
The Crypt Keeper: Poor Sylvia, eh kiddies? Guess she heard the old saying, "If looks could kill...", So she did. Just goes to show you, if you want to sell yourself, take a look in the mirror first, [looks in broken mirror] Bleech. Well, see you next time boys and ghouls.[laughs]
Cast connection: Britt Leach and Pamela Gordon also appear together in the Joel Silver produced Weird Science (1985). Like Tales from the Crypt, the title of the film comes from the Sci-Fi comic book series by EC published in the 1950s. The story, "Made of the Future" by Al Feldstein, was somewhat of an inspiration for the main premise of the film.
Cast connection: This is the first of two episodes in a row to feature a cast member from the 1988 film, Casual Sex?. Lea Thompson appears in this episode, and Stephen Shellen appears in the next episode, "Lover Come Hack To Me".
EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from The Haunt Of Fear #24, March-April 1954. Story by Otto Binder with art by Jack Kamen.
In this episode, during the Crypt Keeper's opening wraparound segment, he rewords the classic line from the Snow White fairy tale, "Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who's The Fairest Of Them All"? as "Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who's The Fearest Of Them All"?
In this episode, when Sylvia and Raven see the Ronnie for the first time going into his lavish apartment, Raven says, "If it isn't Mr. GQ". This is her way of saying Ronnie is a smart dressed fashionable male.
Let's Make A Deal
In this episode, when Sylvia is robbing the pimp in the alley, she asks for his watch and when he refuses, she replies, "What is this?, Let's Make A F***ing Deal!"
New Woman Magazine
In this episode, when Sylvia is getting herself made over after getting the ten grand, she's in the salon reading a copy of New Woman magazine, cover-dated April, 1989.
In this episode, when Ronnie is hitting on Sylvia at the party, his date looks on and Sylvia remarks, "Don't look now but I think Miss Clairol might be getting the wrong idea". This is another way of saying she's a manufactured makeup beauty.
In this episode, in reference to all of Sylvia's makeup and beauty products she had on her table to conceal her recent wrinkling features, Ronnie replies, "What's this?, the makeup counter at Macy's".
Popular and well known U.S. canned or bagged soft dog food. Alpo is manufactured by the Ralston Purina Comapany and is sold in different varities such as Prime Cuts In Gravy, Classic Chunky and also as a dry kibble version.
In this episode, when Mac, the cop comes to see Joe, the pawnbroker with coffee, he sees Sylvia with her vale covered deteriorated wrinkled face, and says, "must be Alpo time". Due to it's association with dog food, this is another way of referring to her ugliness and saying "what an ugly dog".
In this episode, when Sylvia goes to see the dermatologist about her facial deterioration, he tells her that they can safely eliminate any pituitary disorder specifically, acromegalia.
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