Night Gallery: Season 2, Episode 4

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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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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1.33 : 1
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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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Creepy episode with a shock ending
23 July 2007 | by (Bernardsville, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Marmalade Wine" a two person teleplay introduces us to a weary hiker caught in a rainstorm and a friendly country doctor who offers the young man refuge in the storm, only to have a truly grisly ulterior motive. The sets are really threadbare, (Not sure if that was the intention or not) but the acting is good. The doctor is very creepy and really adds to the suspense here. The ending is a stomach churning revelation which is great. When you put yourself in theyoung man's shoes, you almost feel faint.

If you've seen the Twilight Zone episode entitled "The Howling Man" you'll see a few similarities. A man who with an evil secret figure in both stories. A fun and shocking episode.

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