Recap / Tales From The Crypt S 6 E 15 You Murderer

Plastic surgery makes a criminal look like Humphrey Bogart.

  • Actor Allusion: Many considering that the lead is a computer generated Humphrey Bogart
  • And I Must Scream: "You, Murderer" is completely from the point-of-view of the protagonist, even when he dies shortly into the story. Thing is, he is still in his body afterwards, but no one can hear him, and he can still feel pain. Only the last one is of any concern to him (because he finds it annoying), as he has the unfolding story to narrate and concern himself with.
  • Anti-Hero: In a rare instance of this trope in Tales From The Crypt, the narrator of You, Murderer continues to have our sympathy in spite of being a wanted criminal who has killed, robbed and cheated many people. One of the very, VERY few instances when an amoral character is actually portrayed sympathetically on the show.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In the intro, Alfred Hitchcock briefly "appears" on the bench with the Crypt Keeper. After the story, the Crypt Keeper says he's a big fan of his and offers to let him tell a story of his own. Of course, by this point, Hitchcock's been pecked to death by birds and is just a skeleton.
  • Big "YES!": Oscar when Betty shoots Erica.
  • Call It Karma: Lou muses that what he's being put through is either karma or proof that God has a sense of humor.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Lou's backstory. He genuinely changed and tried to make up for his past.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Betty and Oscar leave Lou in the passenger seat of his car, as they dig his grave. Erica gets the drop on them, but Betty shoots her when she's distracted. The bullet, however, goes right through her and severs Lou's spine. His body comes down on the parking brake—causing the car to flatten Betty and Oscar.
  • Hope Spot: Lou manages to get the gun away from Oscar and is about to kill him, but then Betty bashes him in with the statuette.
  • How We Got Here: The story begins with us hearing a dead Lou talk and seeing his face in a car's side mirror. He then goes onto explain how he got to this point.
  • Hypocrite: Betty is disgusted that Lou (the guy she despised and ultimately killed) was having an affair with Erica.
  • Indy Ploy: With their plan to fake Lou's suicide bungled, Betty suggests just disposing of the body and making it look like he just disappeared.
  • Kill 'em All: All of the story's main characters are dead by the end of the episode.
  • Never Suicide: Well, that was Betty and Oscar's original plan, suicide note included. Lou concedes it's a good plan, referring back to how he looked at the boardroom meeting. He guesses that they laced his drink with poison.
    "Was there anyone in that boardroom who didn't think my world had just come to an end? Lemme tell you, sweetheart, they had me."
  • Police Are Useless: Oscar rejects Betty's suggestion that they push ahead with the phony suicide plan—saying the police aren't that stupid.
  • Posthumous Narration: Lou recalls his final hours alive and what happens afterwards.
  • P.O.V. Cam: The entire story is from Lou's perspective. It gets lampshaded after he dies, as Betty and Oscar observe that it seems like he's still looking at them.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Lou had suspected it was Oscar who tipped off Betty.
    • Oscar tells Betty to not let Lou rile her up or else their plans could be ruined. He was right.
    • Betty deduces that Lou was having an affair with Erica.
  • Shout-Out: The book ends to Forrest Gump, which was also directed by Robert Zemeckis.
    Crypt Keeper: Scary is as scary does.
  • Spanner in the Works: The plan to kill Lou was to make it look like he committed suicide. After he gets the gun away from Oscar, though, Betty smacks him in the head with a piece of statuette twice—killing him. Oscar says the specific damage to Lou's head completely derails their plan.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Lou was betrayed by his best friend and plastic surgeon, Oscar.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Dark Passage. As in that story, scenes are shown from our Bogart-like character's POV, and he has had plastic surgery to change his face.
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