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Susie Q is a 1996 Made-for-TV Movie about the ghost of a girl killed in a car crash who helps a grieving teenage boy get over the death of his father, all while trying to learn what became of her own parents after her death.


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  • A-Cup Angst: Several times Susie expresses irritation that her corset obviously isn't helping to improve her cleavage.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul
  • Catchphrase: "Jeepers!" for Susie, which wears on Zach's nerves after a day on Susie-induced troubles.
    Zach: "Oh, GOD, if you say that one more time!"
    • It also is what Maggie, who may be the reincarnation of Susie at the end of the movie says, which is in fact what Zach hears before she even turns around.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Roger Kovich.
  • Critical Research Failure: The songs Susie Q and her boyfriend Johnny Angel were nicknamed after were both released in The '60s (by Credence Clearwater Revival and Shelley Fabares respectively). According to the movie, Susie and Johnny died in 1955.
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  • Flashback: Zach can hardly throw a basketball without envisioning the night his father died. Remembering his mother's grief and tears caused him to abandon the game altogether.
  • Genre Savvy: Teri has obviously seen more than a few haunted house movies; when she starts to suspect Susie's presence, she asks Penny, "Mom, did we get a really good deal on this house? Like, a REALLY good deal?"
  • Here We Go Again!: Zach's expression at the end of the movie when he meets Maggie.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Teri uses this to help steal documents from the bank that Susie needs.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Susie is 40 years behind current technology and the only thing stopping her from marching to the bank and taking the files she needs are the fact that they are all digital and she has no idea how to use a computer.
  • Identical Grandson: Lampshaded by Zach, who is still trying to deny Susie is a ghost after finding out she died, and tries to invoke this trope as another explanation. Susie is quick to shoot him down.
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  • Ignore The Fanservice: After noticing that Zach keeps cutting her off to talk with a pretty girl, Susie pulls off most of her party dress to reveal a lot more skin in a frustrated attempt at getting his attention. The results fall flat (literally, in part) because Zach is still to shocked to be dealing with a ghost to notice the sex appeal.
  • Invisible to Normals: No one but Zach can see or hear Susie, which ends up making him look like a crazy person talking to himself more often than not.
  • I See Dead People: Thanks to finding Susie's bracelet, Zach is able to see and hear the dead girl.
  • It's All My Fault: Susie was supposed to take care of the papers for her grandpa that would have gotten the money for her family's house squared away but died before getting around to do so. When her family is forced out and into a trailer, she blames herself.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Having died in her party dress after a car crash, the ghostly Susie spends the entire story wearing the same dress. Though she customizes it a bit.
  • Jerk Jock: Ray Kovich, son of Roger, is the basketball team captain and frequently throws his weight around. That Zach is a better player than him makes him envious and even more of a jerk.
  • Lovable Jock: Zach was this, before his father died, reportedly being one of the best high-school basketball players in the country. He's still a nice guy, but is refusing to be a jock anymore.
  • Mr. Exposition: The janitor, who went to school with Susie, is able to help clue Zach in on what's going on by explaining the car crash that killed Susie.
  • Pink Means Feminine: For the dance, Suzie not only wears an evening dress for the first time in years, according to her mother, but it's also pink.
  • Poltergeist: Susie effectively becomes one after Zach refuses to help her, going to his mother's TV news station studio and wrecking all kinds of ghostly trouble until he agrees to aid her.
  • Pop Culture Osmosis: Susie's nickname, Susie Q, isn't just a shortening of 'Susan Quinn', it's after the song of the same name, which conveniently plays over the opening credits as Susie gets ready for the Winter Formal. When she introduces herself to Zach, she says "Susie Q - like the song?", he has no idea what she's talking about. Justifed by the song now being several decades old.
  • Pretty in Mink: Suzie is given a white fur wrap by her mother to wear to the dance.
  • Replacement Goldfish: At the end, Zach meets Maggie, who may or may not be the reincarnation of Susie.
  • Rich Jerk: Ray Kovich.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Zach feels responsible for his dad's death (his car crashed on the way to watch Zach's championship game), and thus, when the film opens, has sworn to never play again. Susie helps him get over this.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The corrupt cop has loaded guns just sitting there in the open.
  • You Can See Me?: Word for word this is what Susie says after realizing Zach can see her, which freaks her out as much as it does him.
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