Tales from the Crypt: Season 3, Episode 3

The Trap (15 Jun. 1991)

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An abrasive husband comes home to tell his wife that he has lost his job again. She reminds him that they are behind on their bills and suggests she get a job. He refuses. Instead, he comes... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Irene Paloma
Billy Paloma
Luigi "Lou" Paloma
Sgt. McClaine
Mother Paloma
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Jury Forewoman
Ben Hartigan ...


An abrasive husband comes home to tell his wife that he has lost his job again. She reminds him that they are behind on their bills and suggests she get a job. He refuses. Instead, he comes up with a scheme to make a lot of money quick. Calling his coroner brother over, he tells them his plan to fake his own death and collect his half a million dollar life insurance policy. Making it look like a burglar has murdered him, all he has left to do is fly to Brazil, have plastic surgery to change his appearance, and wait for his wife to meet him. How could anything go wrong? Written by grrlpunk

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The Trap
23 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lou and Billy may be brothers but they are chalk and cheese. Billy is successful while Lou can't hold down a job, although in spite of his total lack of charm he is also their mother's favourite. Faced with mounting bills he comes up with a ludicrous scheme to fake his own death and claim the insurance money, the idea being that after plastic surgery he will fly to South America on a false passport where his long- suffering wife will join him, something that would not be quite so easy in the post-9/11 world.

Actually, this scheme would not be quite so ludicrous if his body were simply to disappear, but Billy is a coroner, and after faking Lou's murder the three conspirators call the police, who don't realise he is dead, while Billy performs the autopsy. Obviously to credit this endeavour requires a little poetic licence, but they manage to pull it off, although things don't go quite to plan, because shortly, Irene realises she has married the wrong brother.

After persuading Lou to decamp to South America leaving the insurance money at home, no more is heard from Billy and Irene, so Lou returns. What happens next is, well, let's just say that although he was a nasty piece of work, Lou didn't deserve this.

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