Recap / Tales From The Crypt S 2 E 14 Lower Berth
Welcome to Feeley's Fantastic Fairway of Freaks! A dime a dozen sideshow in the Depression era of America. They have the usual exhibits. A fat lady, a family of dwarfs, fire eaters, and so on. But Feeley's has one exhibit that sets them apart.
Enoch, the two faced man! A horribly disfigured young man with two faces, and an abusive caretaker named Mr. Sickles.
Problem with Enoch is, his clock is ticking down. He'll be dead before they know it. And without him, the sideshow loses its star exhibit. Sickles tries hiding this from Feeley by bribing the company doctor, but he finds out anyway. What will they do when their star attraction kicks the bucket?
Enter the mysterious Doctor Zachary Cling. A shifty Brit, with quite a deal to make with Sickles. In Clings possession, is a genuine Egyptian mummy. Won from a man in a game of poker. A slave girl named Mirana(Though Cling prefers Mirna)who rejected the advances of her Pharaoh, and was buried alive for it. All he asks for, is forty percent commission of the profits Mirna makes them. With not much else in his favor, Sickles accepts.
Mirna is a godsend for Feeley, bringing in a plethora of new customers. While she makes quite an impact on the crowd, she makes more of an impact with Enoch. Yes, the two faced man is in love with his adjacent exhibit. After a young girl gives Enoch her doll, Sickles comes in for his usual round of Enoch abuse. But notices something on the newspapers that line his cage. Mirna is stolen.
Confronting Cling about this, he confesses stealing it from a boat in New Orleans. But it's not the mummy that interests him (in his words, "I hardly have any use for a 4000 year old dead woman!"). It's Mirna's necklace. The bobble he claimed was "Costume jewelry". Turns out they're very real. Very valuable. And very cursed. As he explains, any person who tries to removes Mirna's family jewels, will lose their own. A castration curse. Sickles doesn't buy his story, and storms off to claim the necklace. When Cling tries to stop him, Sickles accidentally stabs him with a pair of large shears, killing him.
Sickles wonders back to the freak show, planting the murder weapon in Enochs cage, intending to frame him for Clings killing and make off with the necklace. But Enoch has had enough. Watching his longtime abuser fiddle with his mummified love, he grabs the shears and liberates Sickles of his junk with them, ironically filling out the curse. Enoch makes off with Mirna, and vanishes into the night.
One year later, Feeley's sideshow has returned to the town where Enoch murdered Sickles. The police approach Feeley, and lead him to a nearby cave. There is Enoch. Dead with a smile on his two faces, in the arms of his ancient love. Feeley and the cops leave the cave, but they miss something. A baby. A very ugly baby. The unholy product of Enoch and Mirna's twisted love: The Crypt Keeper.
- Accidental Murder: Sickles does this to Cling.
- Asshole Victim: Sickles.
- Buried Alive: According to Cling, the mummy was buried alive at 16 for refusing a pharaoh's advances.
- Chekhov's Gun: The doll the Crypt Keeper is seen playing with in the opening segment of the episode. As it happens, we later learn that it's the same doll he had as a baby.
- Children Are Innocent: The only person to show Enoch any genuine kindness is a little girl named Elizabeth.
- Death by Adaptation: Enoch's owner did not die in the original comic version of the story.
- The Dog Bites Back: Enoch strikes back at Sickles when he dares try and rob from his love mummy.
- In his intro, the Crypt Keeper says this story is about the beginnings of his favorite horror host. He just doesn't tell you that he means himself.
- When offering the deal, Cling tells Sickles that he needs to keep a low profile for a while. It's because he stole Mirna instead of won her in a card game.
- Frame-Up: What Sickles intended to do to Enoch in the end.
- Freudian Excuse: Let's just say this episode explains a lot about you-know-who.
- Groin Attack: The curse is an extreme version of this.
- In-Name-Only: In the original comic book, Enoch was a two-headed corpse instead of a living two-faced man and Feeley actually retrieved him and Myrna when they found them in the cave. Other than these changes, the episode is for the most part faithful to the comic book version, including the revelation that Enoch and Myrna are the Crypt Keeper's parents.
- Ironic Echo: Enoch's only intelligible words are "Naughty boy!", Sickles favorite line, before he abuses him.
- Kick the Dog: Sickles constantly abuses Enoch verbally and physically.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The twist ending is usually the first thing about this episode anyone ever talks about. The producers and writers had no problem openly discussing the twist in the Season 2 DVD's "Making of" feature, so if you watched that first, you were really out of luck.
- Manly Tears: During the outro, the Crypt Keeper weeps over his parents.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Before fleeing with Mirna, Enoch put Sickles' body in her sarcophagus. An unaware Feeley later presents what he thinks is Mirna to a crowd. One curtain pull later, Feeley and the crowd are horrified.
- Mood Whiplash: The Crypt Keeper's outro alternates between crying and snark.
- Not So Different: The two-faced man and the mummy both want the same things: a normal life and a family. They get it, sort of.
- Origins Episode: For The Crypt Keeper.
- Pet the Dog: A little girl, Elizabeth, gives Enoch her doll.
- Properly Paranoid: Sickles finds it's suspicious that Cling went to him for this deal instead of Feeley.
- Pun: The Crypt Keeper opens by referring to this story as Tales from the Crib.
- Real After All: Cling believes the curse is real because it happened to a man he hired to remove the necklace.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Sickles tries to throw his weight around, Feeley reveals he knows Enoch is already dying and proceeds to put Sickles in his place.
"Did you really think you could bribe the company doctor to keep it from me? Well, apparently, your freak isn't the only one with two faces, is he? No, Sickles, your meal ticket's godforsaken life is winding toward a merciful end, so please, don't tell me how much I need you. We'll play it out as long as it takes—a month, a week, but as long as you own him, then I own you, and we do things my way. Understand, Mr. Sickles?"
- Something Completely Different: One of the few episodes not set in the present.
- Spanner in the Works: According to the police officer, a boy was exploring the cave and stumbled upon Enoch and Mirna's home.
- Title Drop: "I see you prefer a lower berth."
- Tragic Keepsake: The doll.
- Tragic Monster: Enoch and Mirna both. The former is a severely disabled man who spends his days caged and beaten in a sideshow, while the latter was a 16 year old Egyptian slave buried alive for refusing the pharaoh's advances.
- Wham Shot: After Feeley and the cops leave the cave, we pan over to see that Enoch and Mirna had a baby. That's not the wham, however. The wham is that it's the Crypt Keeper.