Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Trap 

Indebted unhappy married couple, Lou and Irene, commit a life insurance fraud. Lou's brother Billy helps him fake his death and leave for Mexico. But Irene and Billy fall in love and when Lou returns, they claim they don't know him.


Michael J. Fox


Scott Alexander, Steven Dodd (creator)




Episode cast overview:
Teri Garr ... Irene Paloma
Bruno Kirby ... Billy Paloma
Bruce McGill ... Luigi "Lou" Paloma
James Tolkan ... Sgt. McClaine
Carroll Baker ... Mother Paloma
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Carlos Lacamara ... Paolo
Michael J. Fox ... Prosecutor
Yvette Freeman ... Jury Forewoman
Ben Hartigan Ben Hartigan ... Chaplain


An abrasive husband comes home to tell his wife that he has lost his job again. She reminds him that they are behind on their bills and suggests she get a job. He refuses. Instead, he comes up with a scheme to make a lot of money quick. Calling his coroner brother over, he tells them his plan to fake his own death and collect his half a million dollar life insurance policy. Making it look like a burglar has murdered him, all he has left to do is fly to Brazil, have plastic surgery to change his appearance, and wait for his wife to meet him. How could anything go wrong? Written by grrlpunk

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

15 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Mono



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Teri Garr and Bruce McGill also appeared in the movie Out Cold (1989). See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.80 (2005) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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"I'm Lou Palmona....Blow me"!
19 November 2017 | by TalesfromTheCryptfanSee all my reviews

Fired from his job, a 41 year old man named Lou Paloma (Bruce Mcgill) is so upset that his wife Irene (Teri Garr) suggests she gets a job and he gets a better job since they are behind their bills. So Lou comes up with a scheme to earn money if he has his brother Billy (Bruno Kirby) who is a coroner as he wants to fake his death and collect half of his million dollar insurance as all he has to do is to fly to Brazil, get plastic surgery and wait for his wife to meet him.

A very well written and nicely paced episode that isn't scary or a horror but really more of a dark thriller comedy. Michael J Fox (Who makes a cameo in the trial scene) does a nice directorial job with this episode and co-stars Principle Strikland himself James Tolkan and Carrol Baker. I really like the script and how funny this episode is with dark comedy, it is based on a Shock Suspensestories story. I also like the twist ending this episode has even with the brilliant line spoke by Lou.

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