Somewhere expensive, a numbers-crunching dork who looks like the unholy love child of Timothy Busfield and Danny Bonaduce frantically taps away at a spreadsheet on his computer until the aggressive barking of an unseen hellhound invades the guy's den from the backyard. The dork -- and I'm guessing this is Evan -- jumps around in his chair to goggle at the window as the barking slowly dies away. He rises to peer uneasily through the blinds just as his wife pops into the room from the hallway outside. "Spying on the neighbors?" she smirks. Evan bumbles through a response that isn't before wondering if she's ready to go. "If I didn't know any better, I'd say you want me out of the house," Mrs. Evan teases. Evan bumbles through another response that isn't, so Mrs. Evan wonders how he's going to spend the weekend while she's visiting her sister. "I've got some bills to pay," he shrugs. D'OH! "Pain!" Raoul shrieks. "I'm in pain!" I'll ignore how horrendous that line is to note that the subtle clock motif from the earlier scenes with the partner and the housekeeper underscores this scene, as well, only this time around it's not so much the tick-tick-ticking of an electric wall clock's second hand as it is the slower tick-tocking of a mantel or grandfather clock. I'm not sure if that's supposed to mean anything, but given the fact that Evan was the only one of the four to trade his soul for selfless reasons and thus is the only one of the four who will survive the evening, I'm thinking the shift in clock tones is deliberate. Um. Ooops? Spoiler! In any event, Evan and The Mrs. hug and kiss and bid each other farewell. Just as Mrs. Evan's about to leave the room, though, she spins back to...transmogrify into a hideous ghoul! Yes, much like The Motel Of The Baskervilles' manager from earlier, Mrs. Evan's eyes sink into her skull and her skin goes ashen as she wordlessly works her gaping maw and her pupils cloud over with cataracts. Evan gapes, and the camera shoots into his eye so we can watch his pupil dilate with terror as the up-wailing strings go nuts on the soundtrack. Right before he lets loose with a full-throated scream, however, Mrs. Ghoul snaps back into Mrs. Evan form to smile, "I love you." Evan collapses into the METAL TEETH CHOMP!
Episode Report CardDemian: B+ | 1195 USERS: B-
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