Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 3 Episode 3

The Trap

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Aired Unknown Jun 15, 1991 on HBO
9.0
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With the help of his wife and brother, a financial loser fakes his own death to get out of debt.

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  • A man faking his death for insurance money. Not interesting.

    5.0
    This episode is about a man who fakes his death for insurance money. One of the most interesing parts of this episode is; while he's in the casket reading over his insurance papers, his wife and brother begin to make out on top of him. They were so heated that they didnt know that they'd pulled the lever and the coffin was about to be cremated. They realized what was going on and stopped the conveyer belt. This is a very important part of this episode that will fall into play later. So, the man has to relocate and get a new identity for awhile before returning back home. What he finds is a very shocking twist.moreless
  • Hilarious over the top performance by Bruce McGill !

    9.1
    I absolutely loved this episode. This one features an excellent cast with a standout superb over the top performance by character actor, Bruce McGill and great directing by Michael J. Fox, who seems to know the true meaning of what a "Crypt" episode should feel like. McGill plays A man in serious financial trouble who treats his wife like crap and wonders what life after debt would be like.He decides, with the help of his unhappy wife and coroner brother to fake his own death, which will allow him to cash in his life insurance policy.In the process wife and brother cleverly find a way to turn the tables on the miserable cretin once and for all.

    Great twist ending and one of the funniest Crypt episodes. Certainly not like Fitting Punishment or Food For Thought. This is played strictly tongue in cheek and those are my favorite type of Crypt episodes. This was a standout episode of a very strong season three.

    Fox sneaks himself in this one in a nifty cameo as a lawyer.

    Great support by Teri Garr and Bruno Kirby as well.

    Who can ever forget the last line of this one ? A true classic and one of the best episodes of the series.

    Highly recommended.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: A definition of being able to recognize someone is to be able to tell them apart from someone else; the fact that Lou's mother called several people in the courtroom Lou (as well as herself as Eleanor Roosevelt) proved that she didn't actually know who her son was and was not able to tell anyone apart from him. (But how they planned on her going insane as part of their court argument is unexplainable.)

    • Running Time: [excluding opening title sequence] 26 minutes 45 seconds.

    • Cameo: Michael J. Fox appears uncredited as the prosecuter in the opening credits but is credited for the role in the closing credits.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a life insurance agent working for Crypt Keeper Assurances, LTD. and is encasing a customer in a tomb.

      In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a life insurance agent working for Crypt Keeper Assurances, LTD. and is holding a life insurance policy.

    • Music: I Go To Rio by Peter Allen is played during the opening credits and when Irene and Billy are shown on the island.

      Music: Composed by Peter Allen.

    • In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper's Life Insurance sign reads,
      CRYPT KEEPER ASSURANCES LTD.
      "Life insurance To Die For"

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Lou Paloma: I'm Lou Paloma...Bl*w me.

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a life insurance agent working for Crypt Keeper Assurances, LTD. and is encasing a customer in a tomb.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Greetings, boars and ghouls. I'll be with you as soon as I finish with this customer. We were just going over some of the terms of his coverage. [closes coffin.] Ah. I'll bet that this is one clause he won't be getting out of. [laughs] Tonight's nasty nugget concerns a man with a problem. He wants to collect on his life insurance without dying in the process. I call this little annuity, "The Trap".

      [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a life insurance agent working for Crypt Keeper Assurances, LTD. and is holding a life insurance policy.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Poor Lou. I bet he wished now that he'd gone for the term life. Even a life term would have been an improvement. Although you've gotta admit, he's never looked so joiced about his future. [laughs] So, what do you say? Can I interest you in a policy? The benefits are great, but the screamiums'll kill ya! [laughs]

  • NOTES (1)

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Shock SuspenStories #18, Dec 1954-Jan 1955. Script by Carl Wessler with art by Jack Kamen.

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