Tales from the Crypt: Season 5, Episode 4

Food for Thought (6 Oct. 1993)

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The great Zambini is an old carnival psychic who performs his act of mind reading with the aid of his young assistant Connie. She however is a slave to her cruel master who often beats her.... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Twin #1
Margaret Howell ...
Twin #2
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Granville Ames ...
Reginald Hunter ...
Reggie (as Reginald Horter)


The great Zambini is an old carnival psychic who performs his act of mind reading with the aid of his young assistant Connie. She however is a slave to her cruel master who often beats her. But when she and a handsome fire eater called Johnny become secret lovers, things look set to change. Sadly Zambini has the advantage of being able to read his desperate assistant's mind. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Twin #1: Dirty underwear! That was rich, Connie. You really shut up that rube.
Connie: It wasn't me. It was Zambini.
Twin #1: Yeah, right. Come on, Connie. We didn't pay no dime to see your act.
Twin #2: Why do you always pretend that Zambini's for real?
Connie: Because he is.
Emmet: Heh, right! She must think we're a bunch of rubes too.
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Food For Thought
1 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Great Zambini and Connie comprise a mind-reading act in a carnival. Their act is for real because Connie can read his thoughts, but now he has developed the power to read hers.

Zambini may be great but he is also nasty, and when Connie receives an offer from a man who really cares about her to quit the carnival for a normal life, she accepts. Her lover is also a member of the carnival, Johnny the fire-eater, but when Zambini's new powers inform him of her impending elopement, he murders his rival in spectacular fashion.

Johnny's horrible death is dismissed by the rest of the carnival folk as an accident, and that without a policeman in sight, but Connie knows the truth, and walks out on Zambini.

What happens next? Obviously revenge, and it comes from an unlikely source, though not so unlikely if you've been keeping an eye on the minor players.

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