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'The Haunting Hour' recap: Helluva road trip

Season 4 | Episode 7 | “Argh V” | Aired Nov 8, 2014

Do your parents just not get it? Are they focused too much on having fun? Do they not understand why you’re always doing your pesky schoolwork? Are they being manipulated and possessed by the new RV they just bought? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you just might be starring in today’s episode of The Haunting Hour (complete with a punny title for the first time this season).

Sam (China Anne McClain of Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm) is focused on studying for the trig test she has the next day. Her hippie parents arrive home, flaunting the new RV they’ve purchased. They wish she could relax and have more fun like they do. They can’t comprehend her initiative to learn; they just want to hang out out all day. Sam counts the days until college when she can get away from her eccentric, lazy parents.

Can't you tell they're hippies? Look at their shirts.

Can’t you tell they’re hippies? Look at their shirts.

She looks into the windshield of the RV and suddenly sees another family inside about to crash. She jumps back, but the family is gone. The next day, her parents decide to skip work and work on the RV all day. They ask her to skip school and help them, but she’s got to take that trig test. They tell Sam they want to travel the world in the RV, and she reminds them of the abandoned boat in their yard which they were also going to travel the world in. They shrug and head inside.

At the head of the driveway, Sam leans down to tie her shoe. The RV rolls toward her, and by the time she notices, all she can do is fall to the ground and let it roll over her. It stops with her underneath, and she moves to crawl out. The RV backs up and blocks her escape! She screams for help, and her dad comes to pull her out.

Later that day, she walks by the RV and hears children’s voices coming from it: “Come with us. Take a trip.” She gets in the RV and looks around, but no one’s in there. Her friend, Tully (Samuel Patrick Chu of Discovery Family’s Spooksville), shows up and eases her anxiety a little. He turns the radio on, and suddenly Sam sees blinding lights coming from the windshield. Something’s going to crash into them!

Look out!

Look out!

The blinding lights disappear, and nothing has changed. Tully didn’t even see them. They look around and find a map in the glove box. It has writing on it that details a family trip taken by the Applebaums in 1999. Sam Googles the family and finds out they died in an RV crash during that vacation. She tells her parents, but they’re not superstitious, so they don’t care.

That night, she decides to take action herself. She and Tully drive the RV to a junkyard and leave it there with a note that says, “It’s all yours.” They walk home, and Sam hears the children’s voices she heard earlier again. She looks behind her, spooked, and there’s the RV driving by! She points it out, but it’s gone before Tully sees it. When she arrives home, the RV is back in her driveway.

In the morning, her parents decide they’re going on a road trip right that minute. They tell Sam she’s welcome to come, but they know she’s been opposed to the RV, so she doesn’t have to. She tries to stop them, but they are adamant. Resigned to her fate, she agrees to come with them if only so they’re not left alone with the RV. Sam’s mom notes that they’re starting on the same journey the Applebaums took!

That night, as they’re driving, blinding lights fill the windshield, and a truck nearly crashes into them. They avoid the crash, and Sam can’t believe they’re safe. They come upon some hitchhikers, who introduce themselves as the Applebaums. Sam is convinced they are the same family that died in the RV. The Applebaums tell them that they were in a crash, but they walked away from it just fine. Sam’s dad invites them on board.

Once the children talk for the first time, Sam realizes they were the voices she heard! Suddenly, the Applebaums all look like corpses, but they still move and talk. The children keep saying, “Come with us. Take a trip.” Sam looks to her parents, but they look dead now, too! Sam realizes they didn’t survive their crash either. The RV drives off into the foggy night.


R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour airs Saturdays 4/3C on Discovery Family.

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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