Night Gallery: Season 2, Episode 4

A Fear of Spiders/Junior/Marmalade Wine/The Academy (6 Oct. 1971)

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Justus Walters needs help getting rid of a spider in his kitchen. A father wakes up to quench his son's thirst. Braggart Roger Blacker waits out a storm with a surgeon. Jeff Holston checks out a military academy for his wayward son.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Justus Walters (segment "A Fear of Spiders")
Elizabeth Croft (segment "A Fear of Spiders")
Father (segment "Junior")
Roger Blacker (segment "Marmalade Wine")
Dr. Francis Deeking (segment "Marmalade Wine")
Director (segment "The Academy")
Holston (segment "The Academy")
Tom Pedi ...
Mr. Boucher (segment "A Fear of Spiders")
Barbara Flicker ...
Mother (segment "Junior")
Bill Svanoe ...
Junior (segment "Junior")
Sloane (segment "The Academy")
Ed Call ...
Drill Instructor (segment "The Academy")
Stanley Waxman ...
Bradley (segment "The Academy")
Robert Gibbons ...
Gatekeeper Simmons (segment "The Academy")
E.A. Sirianni ...
George, Holston's Chauffeur (segment "The Academy")


Arachnophobic gourmet critic Justus Walters has no use for the clingy librarian who lives upstairs, until he discovers a tenacious spider in his kitchen sink and needs help to get rid of it/ A man is awoken during the night by the cries of his son, who wants a glass of water--but the son is somewhat different from other children/ A man who is lost in the woods is invited to the home of a quack doctor/ A wealthy businessman is having trouble with his son, a delinquent who's constantly in trouble. He hears of a private school that specializes in "problem" children, and pays it a visit to determine if it's the kind of place that will straighten out his son. Written by page8701

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The original story on which "A Fear of Spiders" is based does not include the landlord character. See more »


Boom mic is visible as Justus and Elizabeth first go down the stairs together. See more »

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What Goes Around, Comes Around
6 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two major episodes that involve the milk of human kindness. In "A Fear of Spiders" a food critic who is being hounded by a rather unattractive woman in his building, goes off on her, saying very cruel things. Apparently, she has become quite a nuisance and he just can't get any work done because of her constant interruptions. He returns to work but is waylaid by dripping faucet. When he goes to investigate, he sees a tiny spider in the sink He washes the spider down the drain, but it soon reappears, just a bit larger. This reoccurs until one the size of a dog shows up in his bedroom. He has an incredible fear of the little eight legged guys and is in a panic. He gets his super, a sarcastic New Yorker, to help but all he gets is dismissive banter and accusations of being gay (though that word is never used). Eventually, he seeks the companionship and aid of the woman upstairs. She sees his desperation as fuel for a counterattack. This is a good episode.

"Junior" stars Wally Cox. Wally's wife forces him to get a glass of water for their son, who won't let the sleep. The results are for you to find out.

In "Marmalade Wine," Robert Morse stumbles down an expressionistic path through stylized trees, where he runs into Rudy Vallee (who made a comeback for some reason). Morse claims to be taking pictures of mountain lions. It is raining and Vallee invites him in. While he drinks excessively, he tells his host he has the gift of prophecy. Vallee wants a couple of tips and the young man wakes up in bed with a hangover. Somewhat remindful of "Misery," the Stephen King story and film.

"The Academy" finds Pat Boone, obviously a very rich man, arriving at a military academy, hoping to enroll his son. He gets the grand tour. There is discipline everywhere. Drilling, manual of arms, all kinds of this stuff. He gets to talk extensively with the headmaster who takes him on a tour. It is obvious that no matter how long it takes, whoever comes to this school will eventually be changed. As he continues the tour, he realizes that some of the men are in their thirties and older. He meets Larry Linville (yes, Frank Burns from MASH) who is still at the academy. This is the harshest of environments and the executive must make a decision concerning his fifteen-year-old.

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