Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 3 Episode 13


Aired Unknown Aug 21, 1991 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A soap opera loving housewife bored by her scientist husband always working on his top secret experiments, begins an affair with the cable guy but she doesn't count on her husband making them part of his experiment.

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  • Spoiled

    I am not much of a soap opera guy. I watch General Hospital, and a few shows in primetime that can be considered soaps, but I would not say that is my favorite genre of TV. But this episode was interesting to say the last. A lot of people probably hated all the double entendres, but I loved them and laughed at the majority of them. And then the ending, with the two switching bodies, was just the perfect Tales of the Crypt finish.

    This is definitely not one of the better episodes, but this is still worth watching no doubt.moreless
  • A bored housewife looking to live the life of a soap opera heroine ends up in a sci-fi nightmare...

    This is the episode I probably remember most clearly from my childhood, and was pleased to find out it still holds up today. It's silly and unrealistic, but at the same time so funny and schlocky that it's perfect for this series.

    From the over-the-top, corny names of the soap opera characters (Fuchsia, Evian, Quebec), to the corny and obvious way the main character tries to emulate what she sees on TV, to the husband's perfect idea for revenge, this episode was full of stylistic treats that make it a lot of fun to watch over and over again. I'm so glad it still doesn't disappoint after all these years.moreless
  • This was a very funny, soap opera type episode.

    In this episode there's a woman who's married to a successful surgeon. She was spoiled due to his success and had just about everything. The only problem with their marriage was he was always in his lab working on experiments. He never spent any time with his wife. So as you can imagine, she was very lonely. In her spare time this woman was a soap opera fanatic. She longed for that handsome leading man to share her passion and romance with. Just as she see's on her soaps. She would soon find that man as the tv repair guy. The two then begin a steamy love affair that ends with a funny twist.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • [Spoiler Warning]

      Leon: [To Janet and Abel] Well? You two said you wanted each other's bodies! So I gave them to you! [laughs]

    • Leon: I can't do it, Janet! I'm not able!
      Janet: [Thinking of Abel] You could say that again...

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a golfer.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Hello, Golfing creeps, Oh don't mind him. That's just my caddie, Juan. He got me teed off while I was playing around, so I shot a hole in Juan. [laughs] Which brings to mind the young woman in tonight's tale. She's also playing around, except that her game isn't golf, it's love. I call this disgusting drama, "Spoiled".

      [Closing wraparound segment.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well, looks like Janet and Abel have become rather attached. Talk about being stuck on each other. [laughs] I guess the next time Janet wants to cable up, she'll be a little more careful about it. Anyway, I've got to get back to my game. [sinks the golf ball in the hole] What do you know? Par for the corpse. [laughs]

  • NOTES (1)

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Haunt Of Fear #26, July-Aug 1954. Art by Jack Kamen.

      In the comic story, the lover's name was Leon and Abel was the husband. In the episode, perhaps to make more sexual in jokes, the names are switched.


    • HBO

      HBO or Home Box Office is a commercial free 24 hour a day pay-tv service that began telecasting in 1972. HBO grew to prominence in the late 70's when it began broadcasting live NHL hockey games, comedy events, documentaries, entertainment specials and major boxing events along with it's first run uncut movies. In the early 80's the network began making original films and by the end of the decade had won many awards for their original progamming. HBO has since become largely well known for their quality original TV series such as Dream On, The Larry Sanders Show, The Sopranos, Oz, Deadwood, Entourage, Sex And The City, Tales From The Crypt and also for their major live sporting events such as boxing and NFL weekly Hi-lite shows.

      In this episode, Louise says that Janet will get HBO wth cable. HBO was of course, the channel on which Tales from the Crypt aired.

    • Tales From The Crypt

      Based on the legendary and gruesome EC Comics from publisher William M. Gaines, which were The Vault of Horror, The Haunt of Fear, Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories, and Tales from the Crypt to name a few, this horror anthology featured stories of murder, the supernatural, voodoo, vampires, werewolves, greed, gore, humor and usually had a twist ending of sorts. Some of Hollywood's biggest names like Demi Moore, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael J. Fox were featured, either in front or behind the camera. Hosting duties fell to everyone's favorite decaying corpse, the Crypt Keeper.

      The series aired originally on HBO from 1989 to 1996 with edited episodes airing on the FOX network in the early to mid 90's.

      In this episode, the Tales From The Crypt intro is seen when Janet announces Abel installed cable TV for her.