Soft-hearted Catherine makes a living as a tarot card reader but faces a crisis of conscience in the process.


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Episode cast overview:
Madame Marlena
Teri Keane ...
Wood Romoff ...
Isaac (as Woody Romoff)
Johann Carlo ...
Rosanna Carter ...
Mrs. McNeill
Arthur Pierce ...
Paul Sparer ...
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Soft-hearted Catherine makes a living as a tarot card reader but faces a crisis of conscience in the process.

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27 January 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Bad luck starts with a bad deck, when they turn over life can become deceased!
15 March 2009 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This "TFTD" episode "In the Cards" is one of the better ones, it takes a shocking and cruel twist of fate in the end however. It stars Dorothy Lyman as a desperate lady who's sadly earning a living as a fortune teller. But her ways of doing business seem to be fishy as she only seems concerned with earning money and she cares less about the fate of her customers. She may not be all to blame though as her deck of cards are cursed it's a deadly hand that reads bad fortunes to everyone! She is then advised to give up the bad deck to another fortune teller. Yet a cruel fate takes place at the end when she exchanges the deck of cards, a mistake is made as she should have listened to the prediction before she took her journey out into the dark alley streets of the unknown! Really a cruel and dark way to end the episode, I will not say anymore I don't want to spoil it. Overall this was one of the better "TFTD" episodes from season one.

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