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The Sitter 

A Jamaican babysitter uses voodoo to tame a pair of mischievous, stir-crazy boys.


Joan Darling


Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Mabel King ... Jennifer Mowbray
Seth Green ... Lance Paxton
Joshua Rudoy ... Dennis Paxton
Wendy Phillips ... Barbara Lynn Paxton
Fran Ryan ... Mrs. Abbott
Suzanne Snyder ... Patti
Michael Horse ... Indian


A Jamaican babysitter uses voodoo to tame a pair of mischievous, stir-crazy boys. Written by Anonymous

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"Mr. Fields, how do you like children?" W. C. Fields: "Parboiled!"
23 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

If you don't care for bratty, entitled kids, this episode is for you. These are two monsters from the pit. A poor, divorced mother who has absolutely no strength of character, can't control these two. She has to work and needs to hire a sitter to take care of them during the day. They have moved to some boring setting in Arizona (I think) called Sun City. They hate it. They literally terrorize their sitters, leaving one screaming and the other taken away in an ambulance. Enter the sitter of all time. A large lady from the Islands (some islands somewhere). She smokes cigars and talks firmly to the boys. They try everything they can to get at her, but nothing works. They do the old bucket over the doorway thing and the water stops in midair. When they go to investigate, the water lands on them. She drums up a horrifying response to each of their devious efforts, including a tribe of stereotypical Indians to launch an attack (they have previously used their own version of this to go after sitter number two). She also keeps an ace in the hole called a Duppy. It's a thing that hangs out in closets and terrifies little boys. Have these two met their match? I thought the special effects were very good and the story gratifying to us old grumps.

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5 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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