Tales from the Darkside

Season 1 Episode 10

A Case of the Stubborns

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 02, 1984 on

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  • A stubborn old man continues on with his life, refusing to acknowledge mounting evidence that he has died.

    One of the best Tales From The Darkside episodes, "A Case of the Stubborns" is a masterpiece of dark comedy. Eddie Bracken, who viewers may barely recognize as Roy Wally from National Lampoon's Vacation, is so heavily madeup that he resembles Grandpa Munster. Yet while the makeup lends comic relief, it is Bracken's hilarious performance that steals the show. Bracken's grandfather wants so badly to stay alive that he continues with his daily routine as if nothing has changed. This proves to be quite unpleasant for his daughter and grandson, who now must share their home with a rotting corpse. A young Christian Slater plays the grandson who is determined to figure out a way to convince grandpa that he is no longer among the living. A visit from the local preacher delivers more laughs, courtesy of a delightful performance by Brent Spiner.
  • A family deal with their cantankerous grandfather. The problem is, he died the day before.

    An excellent exercise in black humor, the most stomach-churning of any episode of Darkside I have seen...effective makeup shows the old man gradually rotting before our eyes, and that's not counting the disgusting ending. What keeps this episode from being a classic is the over-the-top middle-school-drama-class "Southern" dialect that is used throughout the episode by all the characters. It's so ridiculous that is detracts from what's going on on the screen.
  • A mother and son have breakfast, only to be joined by their dead grandfather who argues that he isn't dead

    Being one of the best episodes of the seires, A Case of the Stubborns is a really funny episode. I feel sorry for the grandfather, he seems like a really nice guy and it is sad that he is dead. I don't know where they live, they talk like southerners from the 1800s. I live in Georgia, so I know that no one talks like that, at least not anymore. Look for young Christian Slater in this episode, he plays the grandson. This episode also has a guest appearance by Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation) as the pastor.
  • Childhood memory.

    I was about 10 years old when this episode first aired, and it's always stuck with me.
    Grandpa sneezes into the napkin at the dinner table, and heads to him room, the credits role over the opened napkin sitting on the table. Grandpa's nose stares up at you from inside the napkin. Pretty good stuff for 1980s television.
    I couldn't tell you much more about it, as that's the one scene that is completely ingrained in my memory banks.
    It's a shame that this series hasn't started coming out on dvd yett, but I'm glad that when it does, this episode is in the first season.
  • A stubborn old man refuses to acknowledge the fact that he's dead.

    A great episode, written by great genre writer Robert Bloch ("Psycho"). When ornery old grandpa refuses to believe that he's dead, he starts smelling up the house and rotting away in front of his bemused family. A wicked sense of humor (a trademark for Bloch) pervades this ep. Look for several familiar faces, before they became famous (a young-ish Christian Slater as the grandson, and Brent Spiner, Star Trek: NG's 'Data', as a southern preacher). Hilarious at times, and wonderfully gross. The ending is perfect- a rare feat, as it's even better than that in the original story. If you have an appreciation for morbid humor and a strong stomach, this one's right up your alley.