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'The Haunting Hour' recap: Good luck to you

Season 4 | Episode 8 | “Lotsa Luck” | Aired Nov 15, 2014

How much do you know about your family tree? Is your mom foreign and kind of cagey about her heritage? Does she freeze up when you mention anything vaguely Irish? Is it possible your family has been involved in a century-long war against a leprechaun? Greg (Nolan Gould of perennial Emmy favorite Modern Family) is about to find out what happens when you dig into your past.

Greg has terrible luck. He wants to ask Amy, a girl from his class, to the upcoming dance, but he’s having trouble working up the nerve. He sees her after school, and before he gets the chance to talk to her, she jumps in a car. He runs to his bike to race after her, but someone’s stolen it, leaving behind just his back tire. He’ll have to take the bus home, but it’s already driving away. Overwhelmed, Greg sits on a bench … getting wet paint all over his clothes.

At home, he looks for his dad’s old bike in the garage, where he accidentally finds a strange old book with details about leprechauns. The book says catching a leprechaun can change a person’s luck. His mom sees him with the book and gets upset, taking it away from him.

Later, Greg takes the trash out, and Amy drives by with some friends. She stops in front of him, and he asks her to the dance. He trips and falls into the trash. Amy and her friends laugh, and she drives away without answering him. Greg notices next to him in the trash; the book has reappeared.


Greg heads into the forest and very quickly finds a leprechaun named Seamus. Seamus offers to tell Greg all about his mom and her Irish heritage if Greg will let him go. Greg refuses and says that Seamus owes him three wishes now. Seamus makes a deal: Greg gets three wishes, and then Seamus gets to go free. They shake on it. Seamus warns him that there is give and take with wishes; there must still be a balance. Greg wishes to have better luck, and Seamus gives him a rabbit’s foot and disappears.

The next day, Amy calls Greg to say she’d love to go to the dance with him. Right after that, he wins a new bike from a giveaway contest. His mom gets suspicious and tells him that leprechauns are real, and if he’s met one he needs to tell her about it. Before he can say anything, Greg’s dad gets a call that he was fired. Uh-oh. This is the give and take that Seamus was talking about. Greg’s luck made his dad lose his job. He runs toward the woods and says he’s going to fix this.


Greg finds Seamus and wishes for enough money that his dad will never have to work again. Seamus gives Greg a pot of gold, and he drags it home. His mom sees him and knows immediately what’s going on. She asks how many wishes he’s made, and he says two. She says there’s still time to fix this. Once he makes the third wish, the leprechaun can take his soul. His great-grandfather outsmarted a leprechaun, and they’ve been after their family ever since. Greg decides not to make his third wish, but his mom warns that the longer he takes, the more the leprechaun will make him suffer, until his only option is to make the wish.

Seamus shows up and freezes Greg’s parents. Greg, convinced he’s outsmarted Seamus, wishes that none of this had ever happened. He wakes up the next day, and everything is back to normal. Seamus shows up, and Greg tells him to go away since his debt is paid. Seamus tells him that his debt may be paid, but his great-grandfather’s isn’t. Seamus reveals that Greg’s great-grandfather’s third wish was for his next-born male descendant to lose his soul instead of him. It’s time for Greg to pay up!


R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour airs Saturdays 4:30/3:30C 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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