Recap / Tales From The Crypt S 2 E 8 For Cryin Out Load

After years in the Rock & Roll business, rock promoter Marty Slash has nothing to show forever except hearing loss and a mysterious sound in his head that sounds like a voice screaming. Not wanting that to be the only thing to take away from his job, he plans the ultimate caper: Planning a "Save the Amazon" fundraiser concert (with Iggy Pop headlining) and stealing the donations and heading off into the sunset, but unfortunately for Slash, two things are stopping him: Miss Kielbasa (played by Katey Sagalnote ), the bank clerk who overseen Marty's withdrawal from the Amazon account, who posed as a groupie and is now trying to blackmail him in exchange for half of the profits; and the other thing: his conscience (voice of Sam Kinison) who's loudly proclaiming him to don't take the money.

With the risk of Kielbasa turning him in, Marty has no choice but to cut her in on the deal, but Marty takes the ultimate step in severing the partnership: by bashing her head in with a guitar. Now adding Murder to his list of crimes, Marty's conscience continues to try to plead with him to turn himself in, even after a luckily escaped run-in with a police officer and the disposal of Kilbasa's body inside a drum kit, so much so that he tries to get the voice out by shoving medical gel, breaking ear swabs and even contemplating shoving a sharpened pencil into his ear drums, but soon, he snaps out of it and proceeds to get ready to ditch the club and walk out with the cash.

But something is throwing off the various club-goers while Marty is attempting to escape the club, Marty thinks that the others can actually hear his conscience telling them of his misdeeds, he tries everything, including turning the already loud rock music to max volume, bringing the policeman back to the club and forcing the audio engineer to shut off the music, causing the conscience thought to be heard. with no other choice, Marty admits to his crimes, but unfortunately for him, his conscience tells him that it wasn't the voice that everyone was worried about, it was actually a broken ear swab lodged in Marty's ear, if Marty would have just kept quiet, he would of gotten away with everything.

The scene soon cuts right before Marty's execution, Slash is now deaf due to the events before and on top of that, his conscience has been telling endless bad jokes about his predicament for the past two years, so much so that when two police officers who arrive to take him to his execution, he only responds with this: "Is it time? Is it time yet? IS IT TIME??!??!"

This episode provides examples of:

  • As Himself: Iggy Pop frontlines Marty's concert.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Ms. Kielbasa seriously underestimates the lengths Marty will go to in order to get his money.
  • The Conscience: Marty's is not pleased with him.
  • Ear Ache: How else are you going to make the voice in your head stop talking?
  • Fake Charity: A concert raising money to "Save the Amazon."
  • Foreshadowing: Notice how after Marty jams a bunch of swabs into his ears, we don't see the left side of his head again?
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Right before killing Ms. Kielbasa, who wants half of the "Save the Amazon" money he's stealing:
    Marty: (while picking up a guitar) You know who gave me this guitar?
    Ms. Kielbasa: No, who?
    Marty: (raises the guitar over his head) Pete... TOWNSHEND! (bludgeons Ms. Kielbasa to death with the guitar)
  • Hearing Voices: How Marty's conscience manifests itself.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: Turns out that Ms. Kielbasa is actually this.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Almost half of Iggy Pop's dialogue is f-bombs.
  • Seven Minute Lull: Subverted. The crowd goes silent just as Marty's conscience screams at him, but not because they heard it: he's just put his head through a speaker onstage.
  • Squeaky Eyes: Marty's do this when he's asked about the money.