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The eighth episode of the third season of Tiny Toon Adventures, and the eighty-sixth episode overall.

In a parody of Tales From the Crypt, Buster introduces three scary tales in a tomb in the heart of a mansion.

Short One: "Wait Till' Your Father Gets Even"

Hamton loses Wade's bottle cap collection in a bet with Plucky and is afraid to face Wade's wrath.

Short Two: "Concord the Kindly Condor"

Concord grants help to animals in need, while his three mean (and much bigger) older brothers think otherwise and try to get him to hunt and eat animals.

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Short Three: "Night of the Living Pets"

Every pet that died in Elmyra's care rise from their graves as zombies to haunt Elmyra, scaring her out of her wits... until she begins smothering them with the very affection that killed them.

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Wait Till' Your Father Gets Even:

  • Abusive Parents: At the end of this short, Plucky's parents punish Plucky for winning Wade's bottle cap collection by tying him to a table with a saw on the other side.
  • Another Story for Another Time: At the end of this short, Buster tells the viewers that Pluckys parents took a "slightly harsher" view of his gamblings, but that's another story... which the audience does not get to see.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Even though Hamton lost Wade's bottle cap collection to Plucky, Wade forgives him, and the next day, he, Hamton, and Uncle Stinky start a new bottle cap collection, which according to Wade, looks better than the first.
  • Call-Back: Hamton's parents and his Uncle Stinky from the Direct-to-Video movie, How I Spent My Vacation appear in this short.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: Winnie sends Hamton to his bed without dinner as punishment for losing Wade's bottle cap collection in a bet with Plucky.
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  • Early-Bird Cameo: This short premiered to American audiences on the short-lived spin-off, The Plucky Duck Show on November 7, 1992, due to this episode never airing on Fox.
  • Honor Among Thieves: In Hamton's Imagine Spot, Hamton joins up with a gang of wild boar thieves. When he reveals that he lost Wade's bottle cap collection in a bet to Plucky, the leader reveals that even among thieves, they have honor, and punishes Hamton by having him roasted.
  • Passing the Torch : Near the end of the short, it is revealed that the bottle cap collection used to belong to Wade's father, and Wade wanted to give Hamton the bottle cap collection, just like how his father gave it to him.

Concord The Kindly Condor:

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Near the beginning of this short, Nasty keeps circling Concord who, instead of turning his whole body to face him, merely keeps turning his head. He turns it 360 degrees at least three times.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Casper the Friendly Ghost, with Concord in Casper's role, and Concord's older brothers in the roles of the Ghostly Trio.
  • Bear Trap: A bear gets caught in one of these at the beginning of this short.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Near the end of this short, Concord's older brothers mistake a bear trapped in a tree trunk for a smaller, more defenseless animal, and attempt to pull him out by the nose. Concord tries to warn them, but they refuse to listen to him. The bear breaks free and beats up Concord's older brothers.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Nasty is the big, Slim is the thin, and Lardo is the short, but all three of them are much bigger than Concord.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Old Elk when Concord gives him rheumatism medicine. He ties up Concord's older brothers in his walker when they try to eat him.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Concord Condor.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At the end of the short, when Concord nurses his older brothers back to health, he tells them he's going to give them something he gives to all his patients. Concord's brothers expect lollipops, but he gives them their hospital bills. After they run away in fear, Concord says, "Who says I don't prey on the weak and sickly?".
  • Expy: Besides Concord's brothers being similar to the Ghostly Trio, they are also similar to Gort, Wart, and Mort, Orson Pig's older brothers from Garfield and Friends, as they are three evil counterparts to the good guy who also happen to be his older brothers.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Concord spends all his time helping sick and defenseless forest animals, and protects them from his three older brothers. He even says that as a veterinarian, he refuses to eat his patients, as it would compromise the doctor/patient relationship.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: When Concord's older brothers all attempt to eat a baby raccoon, Concord finds out and reveals that the baby raccoon has a bad case of poison ivy. Concord's older brothers all stick out their rashy tongues upon hearing this.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Concord tries to tell his older brothers about the bear trapped in the tree trunk when they try to pull him out by the nose, but they silence him and refuse to listen. It does not end well for them.
  • Post-Treatment Lollipop: After Concord treats his patients, he gives them a lollipop. Near the end of the short, when Concord nurses his brothers back to health after they get mauled by a bear, Concord tells them he's going to give them something he gives all of his patients. Concord's brothers expect to get lollipops, but instead, he gives them their medical bill, then says, "Who says I don't prey on the weak and sickly?".
  • Rule of Three: Concord's older brothers try to hunt more defenseless animals three times. The first time, they try to hunt an old elk, and get tied up in his walker as a result. The second time, they try to eat a baby raccoon, only to find out from Concord that he has a bad case of poison ivy. The third time, they mistake a bear trapped in a tree trunk for a smaller, more defenseless animal and try to pull him out by the nose, resulting in the bear breaking free and beating them up.
  • Sibling Rivalry: While Concord wants to be a veterinarian and help defenseless animals, his older brothers want him to hunt and eat the defenseless animals.
  • Terrible Trio: Nasty, Slim, and Lardo, Concord's three mean older brothers.
  • Thermometer Gag: At the beginning of this short, a bear gets caught in a trap. Concord arrives, takes out a thermometer, and walks towards the bear's rear. The next shot is a close-up of the bear's satisfied face, surrounded by hearts. This gag is then revealed to be subverted, as Concord merely used the thermometer to pry the trap open so the bear could get free.
  • White Sheep: Concord serves as this to his older brothers, who want to demoralize his good behavior.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Concord has a different haircut in this short, and the gag credit for this episode even jokes about it.

Night of the Living Pets:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of Night of the Living Dead (1968).
  • All Just a Dream: The events of this short are revealed to be a nightmare of Elmyra's.
  • Body Horror: When Elmyra bathes two of the zombie pets, they fall apart in the bathtub. Then, when she attempts to clean Fluffikin with a mini-vacuum cleaner, Fluffikin loses his skin, exposing his skeleton underneath.
  • Chronic Pet Killer: Elmyra. It is revealed in this short that her deceased pets included Goldie, a goldfish she didn't realize couldn't live out of water, and Flicka, a horse who deliberately jumped off a cliff.
  • Downer Beginning: This short begins with Elmyra sadly looking through a photo album of the pets she had inadvertently killed over the years.
  • Driven to Suicide: In photos from Elmyra's photo album, Elmyra screamed in the ear of a horse named Flicka, frightening her and causing her to jump off a cliff.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Despite this short and the episode as a whole being banned by Fox, this short first appeared to American audiences on the Tiny Toon Adventures: Fiendishly Funny Adventures VHS tape, released in 1994.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In the epilogue, even Buster doesn't "dig" the creepy ending, wherein Elmyra decides to dig up her deceased pets so she can see them again.
  • Heart Beats out of Chest: Elmyra does this when she hides in her bedroom from the zombie pets.
  • Impact Silhouette: Byron leaves a Byron-shaped hole in the window when he jumps out it.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Elmyra's deceased pets rise from their graves to get back at Elmyra for the ways she mistreated them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • When Elmyra tries to stop the zombie pets from getting into her house, she says, "Do something, Byron!". Upon hearing this, Byron puts on a hat and picks up a suitcase, then jumps out the window.
    • After two of the zombie pets fall apart in the bathtub and Fluffikin loses his skin, the rest of the zombie pets return to their graves so they don't have to become Elmyra's victims.
  • Shout-Out: Flicka, Elmyra's deceased horse, is named for the titular character from the 1941 children's novel, My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara, which was adapted into a British-American family adventure drama film in 2006. Flicka's name is Swedish for "little girl".
  • Talking with Signs: Elmyra pulls out a sign that says, HELP! when she first sees her zombie pets.
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