Tales from the Darkside: Season 1, Episode 16

The Tear Collector (24 Feb. 1985)

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A young woman who can't stop crying meets a mysterious man who collects tears.



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Episode cast overview:
Ambrose Cavender
Linda Lee Johnson ...
Kay Walbye ...
Young Woman
Young Man
Paul Sparer ...
Narrator (voice)


A young woman who can't stop crying meets a mysterious man who collects tears.

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Somber, enigmatic episode
13 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The main character, Prudence, suffers from depression and cries a lot. Unfortunately, everyone tells her to "stop crying!" which makes her feel like a lonely misfit. One day she is walking down the street and a homeless man begins to harass her. As she flees the homeless man she runs into a somber yet handsome man - Ambrose - who is dressed in a nice suit and drives a fancy car. He tells her that she is the person he has been looking for and invites her to visit him. Prudence goes to his house and finds the door unlocked so she steps inside and begins to explore. Is it a house or a cozy office? She finds a room with a fainting couch, a chair, a table and a lamp - much like a psychiatrists' office. Then she sees a glowing door and tries to peep through the keyhole. Ambrose shows up and tells her that he is a tear collector and he wants to collect her tears in a small glass vial shaped like a swan. She agrees to let him collect her tears and then as she is leaving, Ambrose thrusts some money into her hand, telling her to come back soon. She does... This is a strange episode that leaves unanswered questions. Yet the atmosphere and characters are wonderfully somber and enigmatic. This one makes you keep thinking about the episode for a long time after you see it.

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