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The Inheritance 

Two cousins, Ryan Dallion and Micki Foster, inherit an antiques shop from their uncle. Together with his partner, they must track down cursed objects that their devil-worshiping uncle had created. The first object is a demonic killer doll.


William Fruet


Frank Mancuso Jr. (creator), Bill Taub (as William Taub) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
John D. LeMay ... Ryan Dallion (as John D. Le May)
Louise Robey Louise Robey ... Micki Foster (as Robey)
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Jack Marshak
R.G. Armstrong ... Lewis Vendredi
Sarah Polley ... Mary
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Mrs. Irene Simms
Michael Fletcher Michael Fletcher ... Mr. Simms
Esther Hockin Esther Hockin ... Babysitter
Sean Fagan ... Boy #1
Gordon Michael Woolvett ... Boy #2 (as Gordon Woolvett)
Robyn Sheppard Robyn Sheppard ... Nurse
Barclay Hope ... Lloyd


Two distant cousins, Micki and Ryan, inherit their Uncle Lewis' antique shop after his mysterious death. They sell off the antiques, then Lewis' partner Jack informs them that all of the antiques were cursed by the devil. Now the trio must recover the antiques, and stop them from spreading death and destruction. First up: the cousins try to recover an antique doll. Written by Gislef

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"Vendredi" is French for "Friday". See more »


Everyone talks as if Lewis is confirmed dead, and it is mentioned that the store is in probate after six months. Probate refers to a person being confirmed dead. The last that is seen of Lewis, he is falling down a shaft into Hell. it is never shown that he is confirmed dead, or what he died from. If he went to Hell as is shown, there would be no body or at best it would look like he was murdered. Which would have tied up the ownership for more than six months. See more »


Jack Marshak: I opened his eyes to the world beyond our own.
Micki Foster: Which one is that?
Jack Marshak: The world of spirits, the netherworld.
Micki Foster: Oh, you don't expect us to believe that, do you?
Ryan Dallion: You can expect me to believe that.
Jack Marshak: You may not want to.
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Pretty good Pilot Episode
2 March 2008 | by Death_Wish_3See all my reviews

The Inheritance was the pilot episode for Friday the 13th: The series, which only has the name in common with the film series and nothing more. Pilot episodes can sometimes be really tough the biggest problem I have had with some is they move to fast and sort of just throw the characters out there as if we the audience already know them. It's a tough mix of introducing characters as well as the premise without moving too slow and boring the viewer and not moving too fast.

The Inheritance moves at a slow, but good pace. The cursed object premise takes more of a backseat in the pilot episode and focuses more on the characters. Lewis Vendredi played by R.G. Armstrong made a deal with the devil in, which all objects in his store are cursed, but when he tries to go back on that deal he is killed and Ryan Dallion played by John D. LeMay and his cousin by marriage Michelle "Micki" Foster played by Louise Robey (credited only as Robey) than inherit the store unknown at the time that all the objects are cursed. Along the way they meet up with Jack Marshak played by Chris Wiggins who is able to figure out about the cursed objects.

First item they must get back is an old doll they sold. The whole doll plot is a solid if not clichéd one, but overall it works well. The little girl with doll Mary played by an 8-year old Sarah Polley was a little different than what we would later see. Normally it was an evil person with a cursed object or a good person who's urge for power and or greed got the better of them. But in this episode it seems more like the doll sort of possesses Mary.

Bill Taub wrote The Inheritance and overall does a pretty good job at introducing the characters, Ryan and Micki are introduced well and just enough is done to get a feel of what they are like. Jack isn't as develop in this one, but as the season goes on he gets a lot more depth. The main plot with the cursed doll isn't the most interesting object of the series, but again it gets the job done.

William Fruet is the director and does a good job at keeping things interesting, but TV is more about the writers than it is the director where as film is the opposite.

Overall The Inheritance is a mostly solid pilot episode, while not perfect it is an interesting set up and as the season goes on the show would very much improve. Some of the early episodes, while not bad were lacking just slightly, which I suppose can be said about The Inheritance, but seeing as it's only the first episode it's easy to cut some slack.

In closing, The Inheritance is a mostly solid episode and the characters are introduced well. Not the best episode, but pretty good.

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3 October 1987 (Canada) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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