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'The Haunting Hour' recap: Plants fight back

Season 4 | Episode| “Spores” | Aired Nov 22, 2014

Are you a worrywart? Do normal activities like hiking make you anxious? Do you have a vast working knowledge of plant life and activity? Would you be able to identify an airborne spore attack? After watching this week’s The Haunting Hour, you definitely could!

Melvin (William Ainscough of Disney’s Zapped) is spooked. He does not want to go hiking to Lookout Point, where his father is insisting they go on vacation. He locks himself in the family car, too nervous to get out and travel with his family. Melvin’s father wants to beat the time it took his coworker to get to Lookout Point, so they need to get a move on. They finally get Melvin out of the car and are about to embark when a creepy forest ranger appears, warning them to be on the lookout for some missing hikers.

On the hike, Melvin’s older twin siblings, Jack and Jacquelyn, mess with him, teasing him for being so paranoid. They make camp for the night, and when they wake up the next day, Melvin’s mother is gone. They head off and search for her. After a while, Melvin gets angry and blames his dad for his mother’s disappearance. Melvin says that everything is always about their dad, and he chooses what he wants to do for vacations without considering anyone else’s opinion. As they’re arguing, Melvin’s mom walks by.

They run to her, but she takes off, and they’re left chasing her for the rest of the day. They set up camp, and Melvin’s dad tells the kids to go to sleep. He says he will wake up nice and early to start looking again. Instead, he begins to search that night, and his attitude changes when he breathes in some spores from a nearby tree.


The next day, Melvin’s dad is acting strangely. He hikes at an accelerated rate and doesn’t make any conversation with the kids. Finally, they stop him and say they want to turn around and go looking for their mom. Melvin’s dad’s face is almost green now, and he respons by holding up the map and tearing it up in front of them. He musters all his energy and grunts, “Up!” He turns and continues for Lookout Point.

Later that day, they find their mother, but she’s grown some plants and moss out of her head. She’s not moving or breathing. Right in front of the kids’ eyes, the same thing happens to their father. The look around and see other moss people, realizing that these must be the lost hikers they were warned about. They run as fast as they can, and Melvin explains that it must be an airborne spore affecting everyone.

Suddenly, Jacquelyn starts growing a vine out of her ear, and her disposition changes. Melvin tells Jack they need to run, but Jack doesn’t want to just leave her. Jacquelyn infects Jack, and Melvin is forced to run away from his siblings alone. He somehow runs all the way back to their car without the sun going down despite it having taken them two full days to hike to where Melvin has just come from. He sees the forest ranger and tells him what happened. The ranger responds by opening his mouth and breathing spores right onto Melvin!


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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