The Midnight Society suggests that Gary has lost his touch so he pulls out all the stops with “The Tale of the Super Specs,” which not only cemented Gary’s super spooky status, but also terrified children across America. Many episodes began at Sardo’s Magic Shop, but none of Sardo’s wares were as traumatizing as his Super Specs. While wearing the specs, Mary Beth sees things that aren’t really there, from tea kettles whistling on the stove to extremely creepy figures cloaked in black. She soon learns that the specs have been cursed with “second sight” opening a window into an alternate dimension. Sardo agrees to help Mary Beth clear her home of the dark aberrations, but his inexperience causes a cosmic imbalance allowing the creatures full access to our world. Unlike most episodes of the series, this story ends with our hero’s demise, which was a lot to take in at five years old.
Future Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui had one of her very first roles in this spooktastic episode, which must be among the most violent in kids’ show history. Honestly, it’s kind of amazing that she wasn’t scared away from acting forever! Emmanuelle appears as Amanda, an honors student who volunteers to work the night shift at a local hospital. As if it isn’t freaky enough with blood, guts and dead people laying around, she discovers too late that this clinic is absolutely crawling with vampires. They attack her friends, turning them one-by-one into blood suckers, until finally the head vamp dangles Amanda by the throat off the roof of the hospital, threatening to let her drop and lick up her spattered blood. Thankfully this episode had a “happy” ending: Margot the vampire bursts into flames and falls of the roof to her own demise. So…the main takeaway from this episode is don’t ever get sick and go to the hospital, right?