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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6 October 1971 (USA)  »

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Steven Spielberg was supposed to direct "A Fear of Spiders," but at the last minute he backed out and was replaced by John Astin. See more »


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

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Odd tasting wine
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the quirkier short segments of the controversial series, and it starred Rudy Vallee and Robert Morse as doctor and photographer, respectively. The abode of Dr. Deeking(Vallee)looked like it was suspended in air and/or outer space, and I did enjoy that atmosphere, even though it looked totally fake, but it still worked for me. Robert Morse's character was Roger Blacker, and he was both a photographer and an accidental foreseer, as certain things he mentioned to Deeking came to fruition, like the horses and the stock market. I'm not sure why he said these things to the doctor, and even though he later admits that he just made these predictions up, they still rang true. I believe he stumbled upon Deeker's dwelling in order to photograph or interview him, but their conversations were strange, as was this episode. Deeker serves Blacker a few glasses of marmalade wine to get him drunk, and after he finally passes out, he wakes up in bed by himself. The next few lines uttered are weird indeed, as Deeker informs his guest that his predictions rang true and made him lots of money, even though Blacker didn't intend for this to happen. After this discussion ends, Blacker tries to get out of bed, but can't move, as he thinks his new boots are tied too tight. The real reason why Blacker can't move is that Deeker liked the man's predictions so much, he decided to amputate Blacker's feet so that he's stuck in bed, and it's funny the way Deeker informs him. I would recommend this mainly because it's both weird and original, and it's not too long to be that boring.

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