Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Janet is married to a doctor who's married to his work. She wants to live her life with passion, danger, and romance like Fuchsia Monroe, a soap opera character she watches religiously. ... See full summary »



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Fuchsia Monroe
Evian Monroe
Crypt Keeper (voice)
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Janet is married to a doctor who's married to his work. She wants to live her life with passion, danger, and romance like Fuchsia Monroe, a soap opera character she watches religiously. When her television goes haywire, her friend Louise convinces her to get cable. With her husband unresponsive to her "needs," she begins a steamy affair with the cable guy. Written by grrlpunk

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21 August 1991 (USA)  »

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This story deals with a woman's fascination with soap operas and the cable guy who comes to fix her TV and her loneliness. There is quite a bit of self-reference to cable-TV, as this series appeared on cable - HBO - in the early days of original programming on that medium (1989-1996). When Janet's TV picture goes out, Louise convinces her to get cable. "The picture is so much better. Plus, you get HBO and everything. It would really improve the quality of your life." Janet protests that her husband, Leon, thinks cable is frivolous. Louise persists: "What? CNN frivolous? C-Span frivolous? The Weather Channel frivolous? Hah! I think not!" Later, Leon walks into the bedroom and finds the cable guy and Janet standing by the TV. He asks what's going on, and Abel explains that he had to come back to "check out the equipment". (This script is overflowing with puns.) When he switches on the set, we hear the Crypt Keeper laughing maniacally, and see the opening title for "Tales from the Crypt". Leon barks, "Turn that off." Abel complies. See more »


Abel, the Cable Guy: [the TV goes out at a crucial point in her soaps, so she calls the repairman] Hi. I'm Abel, with the cable.
Janet: [almost overwhelmed by his studliness] I'm sure you are. Ah-hah. I mean, Hi! Come in. I'm glad you're here, 'cause "Tomorrow" starts in an hour.
Abel, the Cable Guy: What?
Janet: My story... "There's Always Tomorrow". It's a soap opera.
Abel, the Cable Guy: [seeming to pick up on her attraction to him, he delivers seductively] So where do you want it?
Janet: Huh?
Abel, the Cable Guy: Your box.
Janet: Excuse me?
Abel, the Cable Guy: The cable box. Where do you want it?
Janet: Well, I need it more than ...
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Cable romance is disconnected and axed! Scrambled into different body parts!
16 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This crypt episode from 1991 titled "Spoiled" is well done and entertaining and the plot takes a surprise revenge twist at the end. You have Faye Grant as a bored and lonely spouse who's husband is an all work and no play doctor who happens to be working on a new medical invention. So with no time at all for passion play the Grant character's only escape is by watching hot and steamy daytime soap TV, then when a mishap occurs with a TV losing it's signal she calls Abel the Cable Guy(Anthony LaPaglia). This cable guy is willing and able to play and he will hook up more than just premium cable! Soon a very hot and passionate love affair develops that is very hot and enjoyed, but like so many guilty pleasures it takes an unexpected twisted end. As you the viewer see the cable romance becomes scrambled into different body parts! Overall good crypt episode one of the better ones of season three.

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