In order to get his annoying little sister Tara in trouble, Michael turns the cuckoo's head in his father's cuckoo clock backwards, but soon regrets it when he is transported back in time, with little chance of getting back to the present.
Michael Webster always seems to be getting into trouble, and he knows why: his bratty little sister, Tara, who seems to have no problem getting his parents to believe whatever she says. Michael's father orders a grandfather clock, and tells the family that he was told by the shopkeeper that there is something wrong with the clock. He firmly tells Michael and Tara that they are both not to touch the clock, but Tara does, and gets caught. This prompts Michael to decide to get her in more trouble, so he goes and changes the direction of the cuckoo head from forwards to backwards. However, Michael wakes up three days in the past, and goes further back in time the next, and this process shows no signs of stopping until he really is lost in time... Written by
There's some fun with time travel, in a way, in this Goosebumps episode that's all about young Michael Webster (John White) and the way his life always seems to be ruined by his little sister, Tara (Kristen Bone).
When 12-year-old Michael's dad brings home a large cuckoo clock it ends up causing quite a change in the Webster household. Michael creeps down in the middle of the night, waits for the cuckoo to come out and then turns its head around so that his pesky little sister will get the blame for causing the damage. However, that's not what happens. Instead, Michael finds that time has somehow gone backwards and he gets to relive a recent birthday party that his sister ruined. Maybe this time he can avoid being the victim of her pranks or maybe it won't matter when time goes back even further and he is only 6 years old while his sister is no longer around. Ha! But if time keeps going backwards then just how long until Michael also disappears?
John Bell directs this time while Dan Angel is once again the writer making the work of R. L. Stine fit into the required timeslot. John White isn't bad as Michael (and Kyle Fairlie is okay as Michael when aged 6) but Kristen Bone gives the best performance, making Tara someone easy to dislike from her very first moment on screen.
Things move along nicely and, despite the outlandish story, fairly believably and the finale has plenty of tension while viewers wait to see whether or not Michael can get everything back to normal. More good fun for kids and those, like myself, who enjoy some family entertainment with a horror twist.
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