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Season 4 | Episode 4 | “Mrs. Worthington” | Aired Oct 18, 2014

This week’s The Haunting Hour could double as a PSA for more mental health screenings of children. Is your child resentful of his siblings? Has he created a fictional character that he passionately speaks to about his siblings’ potential punishment for their crimes? Does he have a shrine dedicated to his drawings of said fictional character physically attacking his siblings? Perhaps you should take him to the doctor, and let him talk to someone about his emotional issues before the fictional character comes to life to exact the revenge he’s been begging for.

Nate loves drawing, and he’s very good at it. His sister, Molly, is mean to him and thinks he’s a pest. Nate asks Molly to stop being so mean, and then Molly utters a question no character in any horror film ever should, “Why? What’re you going to do about it?”

Nate responds by going up to the attic and talking to his drawing as he pencils it. “You wouldn’t let her get away with that, would you?” he asks. We now see that he’s drawing a scary, Mary Poppins-looking figure torturing Molly. He finishes his drawing and opens a cabinet to hang it up among the DOZENS of other drawings he’s done of this character, Mrs. Worthington, torturing his sister in different ways. “You’d punish her. You’d punish her real good,” he says.

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Image Credit: ABC

Their mom leaves for the night and tells Molly she’s in charge of Nate. Molly sharpens his drawing pencils too much for Nate’s liking, so he wishes Mrs. Worthington into existence, vowing that Molly will be sorry. Mrs. Worthington takes the form of Margot Kidder and knocks on their door. She enters and starts pulling torture devices out of her bottomless, endless bag, including a bear trap and a crowbar.

Now that Mrs. Worthington is real, Nate takes back his wish and asks her to leave. She compromises by agreeing to eat supper with them, so she can get to know Molly. Nate begs Molly to be nice, but she thinks he’s being ridiculous and continues being her bratty self. Mrs. Worthington serves them chicken and dumpling soup, but Molly’s dumplings turn into eyeballs! She runs screaming to her room and calls her mom immediately. Mrs. Worthington intercepts the call and tells Molly she deserves to eat eyeballs.

Mrs. Worthington knits a yarn doll (see below), which is completely nondescript, though Nate says, “That kind of looks like Molly.” Molly makes her way into the attic and finds Nate’s shrine— just as Nate and Mrs. Worthington catch her. Mrs. Worthington asks Molly to apologize, but she refuses. Mrs. Worthington uses the doll to voodoo some rope around Molly’s body and a zipper over her mouth.

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Image Credit: Hub

Mrs. Worthington tells Nate that his mother should be punished too, since she did nothing to stop Molly. Nate tries to untie Molly, but Mrs. Worthington tells him to stop. He asks her again to leave, but she insists that Molly and his mother need to experience the cruelty they put him through. He tells Mrs. Worthington that she’s way meaner than Molly ever was, and she responds by making a new voodoo yarn doll of him!

Just as she’s about to cut the tongue off the doll, Nate accidentally kneels on his most recent drawing of Mrs. Worthington. She grabs her head in pain, and he realizes that the drawing can control her. He begins ripping it up, and it literally dismembers her, removing a leg and a hand. He keeps ripping it, and she finally disappears completely. The ropes and zipper vanish, and Molly is free.

The next day, Molly watches Nate draw, commenting on how good he is at it. Their mom says he’s so good that she sometimes thinks his drawings might come to life. Molly and Nate share a knowing glance. In the attic, we see that Mrs. Worthington’s hand is still alive! And it’s drawing her back to life!


R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour airs Saturdays at 4:30/3:30C on the Disc0very Family Channel.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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