Jodie and his mum are grief-stricken by the passing away of Jodie's grandfather, but they soon find themselves with a lot more to be upset about when he gets determined not to stay dead.


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Episode cast overview:
Grandpa Titus Tolliver
Dr. Snodgrass
Voodoo Woman
Jody Tolliver
Reverend Peabody
Barbara Eda-Young ...
Ma Tolliver
Paul Sparer ...
Narrator (voice)


Dressed in black, a very subdued mother and son (Christian Slater, age 15) sit down to breakfast on a hot summer morn, after Grandpa passed away last night in his bed upstairs. But cantankerous Grandpa shows up for breakfast too, lily in the lapel of his best suit, astonished that there's no plate set up for him ! The more folks insist he play dead and dignified, the more persnickety and odoriferous he becomes. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

2 December 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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An early appearance of Christian Slater as a boy. Also, Brent Spiner ("Data", from Star Trek: The Next Generation) appears. See more »


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A funny episode that was pretty clever.
2 August 2006 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Guest stars young Christian Slater.

In this episode we are treated to an old man. We start off grieving his death with the mother and the son (Slater). Then we are introduced to our recently deceased old man. It's another game of cat and mouse where Christian Slater tries to prove that his grandfather is dead. It was well acted and directed and the gore effects are gross and cool. The ending is quite humorous, and it was an overall funny and light hearted episode. Brent Spiner makes a guest appearance as the priest that visits the house.

My rating: Great episode. 21 mins. TV PG V

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