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The Tale of the Dead Man's Float 

Zeke and Clorice find an abandoned swimming pool inside their basement where a secret is contained.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zeke Matthews (as Kaj Eriksen)
Michael Ayoub ...
Charlie Dempster
Arthur Holden ...
Mr. Brooks
The Corpse
Jessica McKenzie ...
Byron Johnson ...
Young Charlie
Sam (as Joanna Garcia)
Ross Hull ...
Raine Pare-Coull ...
Jodie Resther ...
Codie Lucas Wilbee ...
Stig (as Codie Wilbee)


Zeke and Clorice find an abandoned swimming pool inside their basement where a secret is contained.

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7 October 1995 (Canada)  »

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(52 episodes)


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Methyl orange is shown here as a colorless liquid, though it is in reality a red/orange solid. Even in solution, it would be yellow, not colorless. See more »


Greta: I thought you didn't like puppies!
Greta: He's helping me with chemistry!
Greta: Yeah, right.
Zeke Matthews: What was that about puppies?
Clorice: Nothing!
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Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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Probably the best episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark ever
8 September 2007 | by (Plainfield, IL) – See all my reviews

Man, this is a great episode--probably the best of the entire series. I'd say it's as clever as many classic episodes of The Twilight Zone or The X-Files. The people responsible gave us an original story without cutting corners or taking lame shortcuts. In other words, they didn't write down to their target audience, which, I'm sorry to say, a lot of episodes from this series did. This results in a very mature episode, with genuine suspense and a real sense of danger. Perhaps the smartest thing the filmmakers did was not to show the actual monster until the very end, and when they finally do, it's actually pretty frightening and convincing, and I don't just mean for a kid's show. You can tell the makeup artists were inspired by the EC comics of the 1950s. The characters are also subtle and realistic, rather than two-dimensional cookie cutter figures, and Zeke's backstory feels very real, not overblown or melodramatic. I like the fact that the heroine resists friendship with the high school nerd; she's ultimately kind, but at the beginning of the story is reluctant to put her reputation on the line by giving him the time of day, which seems much more true to me than the typical "popular girl with an unconditionally accepting heart of gold" that often appears on children's shows. And the fact that the monster of the story has actually killed people makes it a tangible threat. This episode doesn't wrap everything in a nice soft safe package simply because preteens will be watching; instead it gives them enough credit to give the story a bit of an edge, so that you don't outgrow this one like you might others.

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