Louis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques, but he broke that pact and it cost him his soul. Now his niece Micki and her cousin Ryan have inherited the store -- and with it, the curse. Now they must get everything back... and the real terror begins.
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Season 1
1.01 The Inheritance

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First Aired: 9/28/87

Director: William Fruet
Writer: William Taub

This is the first episode. It explains how Micki and Ryan inherit the store and meet Jack. Interested in returning to their lives, they sell everything in the store and later find out that everything in the store was cursed. The first cursed item that they recover is a cursed doll which has the ability to fulfill the evil desires of a little girl by encouraging her toward evil.



1.02 The Poison Pen

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First Aired: 10/5/87

Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Durnford King

This episode has Micki and Ryan in a monastery. Micki has to try hard to look like a man (boy). ;^) They are in search of an antique pen that allows the owner to write prophecies at the expense of another's life, of course.



1.03 Cupid's Quiver

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First Aired: 10/12/87

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Stephen Katz

This episode centers on an extremely ugly cupid statue, the Cupid of Malek. It makes the owner irresistable to women, but forces him to later kill his new girlfriend.



1.04 A Cup of Time

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First Aired: 10/19/87

Director: F. Harvey Frost
Writer: Barbara Turner Sachs

A cursed teacup is the center of this murder mystery. The teacup strangles the victim who drinks from it, but bestows youth, and possibly fame, on the owner. The youth must be replenished, though.



1.05 Hellowe'en

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First Aired: 10/26/87

Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: William Taub

The ghost of uncle Lewis discovers a way to return from the dead using the Amulet of Zohar. He tricks Micki and Ryan into giving the amulet to him and then locks them in a secret room in the store. Lewis must transfer his soul into a freshly dead body before sunrise for the "resurrection" to remain permanent.



1.06 The Great Montarro

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First Aired: 11/2/87

Director: Richard Friedman
Writer: Durnford King

The cursed item is a magic cabinet capable of allowing the magician to perform the "Coffin of Blood" magic act where a dozen razor-sharp swords are plunged into the coffin. There must be a sacrificial victim in the cabinet or the magician suffers the actual wounds.



1.07 Dr. Jack

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First Aired: 11/9/87

Director: Richard Friedman
Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Jack the Ripper is alive thanks to a cursed scalpel. The owner must murder with the scalpel, but then is able to cure hopeless cases and perform miracle surgeries. The scalpel has the additional power of cutting through anything. You may recognize the writer from such other Sci-Fi dramas as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Sliders.



1.08 Shadow Boxer

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First Aired: 11/21/87

Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Joshua Daniel Miller

While boxing, the owner of the cursed boxing gloves is invincible. During the match, though, the boxer's shadow takes on a physical existence and kills a person chosen by the owner.



1.09 The Root of All Evil

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First Aired: 11/28/87

Director: Allen King
Writer: Rob Hedden

This episode involves the only cursed garden tool, unless you count the scarecrow. A cursed, portable garden mulcher spits out money when a person is shredded by it. The catch is that the denomination is proportional to the wealth that the victim has (had). This is also the episode where Micki finally splits with her fiance and chooses the "cursed" life. The main guest star in this episode, Enrico Colantoni, went on to play Elliot DiMauro in the hit sitcom Just Shoot Me.



1.10 Tales of the Undead

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First Aired: 1/25/88

Director: Lyndon Chubbuck
Writers: William Taub, Marc Scott Zicree, Alfred Sole, Paul Monette

Thanks to a cursed comic book, Ferris the Invincible, a robot, begins terrorizing the city. Ray Walston, Mr. Hand from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Judge Henry Bone from Picket Fences, plays the artist of the comic book who becomes Ferris in this episode.



1.11 Scarecrow

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First Aired: 2/1/88

Director: William Fruet
Writers: Marc Scott Zicree, Larry B. Williams

Hold on to your head in this episode. A cursed scarecrow is using a scythe to take heads and ensure a good "crop". This episode marked what I consider to be the point where the series started togel. The writing started to use the characters well. Unfortunately, Jack was not in much of this episode.



1.12 Faith Healer

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First Aired: 2/8/88

Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: Christine Cornish

A faith healing fraud accidentally finds a cursed glove that allows him to actually perform the healing by absorbing the diseases, etc. This must then be transfered to another or the owner dies of the affliction. Micki, Ryan, and Jack enlist the aid of a faith healer debunker to retrieve the glove. Unfortunately, the debunker is terminally ill and will stop at nothing to be cured. This episode won a silver medal in the International Film and TV Festival in New York in 1988.



1.13 The Baron's Bride

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First Aired: 2/15/88

Director: Bradford May
Writer: Larry Gaynor

This is my personal favorite episode. While attempting to retrieve a cursed broach and vampire cape, Micki and Ryan are transported back to 19th century London. (The episode becomes black & white here.) To make matters worse, the person wearing the items was transported as well and is drinking the blood of helpless Londoners. The ending is so good I won't spoil it here. This episode also won a silver medal in the International Film and TV Festival in New York in 1988.



1.14 Bedazzled

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First Aired: 2/22/88

Director: Alexander Singer
Writers: Paul Monette, Alfred Sole

Micki undergoes a night of terror when she is terrorized by two men who enter the antique store seeking to regain possesion of a magic lantern.



1.15 Vanity's Mirror

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First Aired: 2/29/88

Director: William Fruet
Writer: Roy Sallows

An old compact gives the bearer the ability to become extremely beautiful to her victim. A simple reflected flash of light from the compact renders the victim helpless to her commands. The girl chooses to use this item to seek revenge against all her bullies at her high school.



1.16 Tattoo

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First Aired: 3/7/88

Director: Lyndon Chubbuck
Writer: Dan DiStefano, Stephen Katz

A compulsive gambler acquires a set of cursed tattoo needles that make the tattoo come to life and kill the victim. The benefit is greatly increased luck while gambling. The addiction of the curse was severly compounded by the gambling addiction, as well. It demonstrates the "slippery slope" of all addictions. This episode showed what was probably the best special effects of the first season each time the tattoo came to life.



1.17 The Electrocutioner

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First Aired: 4/18/88

Director: Rob Hedden
Writer: Rob Hedden

An electrocution gone awry is the catalyst for this cursed antique. When a death row inmate survives the chair, he surfaces years later as a dentist. He uses the cursed chair to fry juvenile delinquents and charge himself to take revenge on the people who fried him.



1.18 Brain Drain

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First Aired: 4/25/88

Director: Lyndon Chubbuck
Writer: Joshua Daniel Miller

This is one of those touching episodes that the series has every now and then. The curse centers around a device called the trephinator. A mentally challenged man uses it to transfer intelligence (brain fluid) from a victim to himself. He begins doing research with a doctor, who it turns out had an old relationship with Jack. They rekindle their romance, but can it last with Jack's "odd job"?



1.19 & 1.20 Quilt of Hathor: Part I & Part II

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First Aired: 5/2/88 & 5/9/88

Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Janet MacLean

In this two part episode, Ryan falls for a girl who is a Penitite (kind of like the Amish) while he and Micki are searching for a cursed quilt. When the women who are betrothed to the leader start dying one by one under suspicious circumstances, they realize they are on the right track.



1.21 Double Exposure

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First Aired: 5/16/88

Director: Neill Fearnley
Writer: Durnford King

We go from one Ryan love interest episode to another. This episode centers around a news anchor who continuously gets tipped about the activity of a serial killer. The object that provides this information is a cursed camera that creates a doppleganger of the owner. Thus, instant serial killer.



1.22 The Pirate's Promise

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First Aired: 6/27/88

Director: Bill Corcoran
Writer: Carl Binder

Micki and Ryan are in search of a cursed foghorn when they arrive in a town that is allegedly haunted by an 18th century pirate named Angus McBride. All the descendants of the crew that mutinied against McBride are disappearing, but our heroes can't figure out who is calling the ghost back.



1.23 The Badge of Honor

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First Aired: 7/5/88

Director: Michelle Manning
Writer: Roy Sallows and Jim Henshaw

When I first saw this episode, I thought the cop that has the cursed sheriffs badge was Wilford Brimly. ;^) The cop starts using the badge to take out the local mob boss and, of course, the trio gets caught up in the mess. This time it's Micki's turn to lose the romantic guest star.



1.24 Pipe Dream

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First Aired: 7/11/88

Director: Zale Dalen
Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

We finally meet Ryan's father in this episode. Unfortunately, Ryan's father isn't quite as resistant to the forces of evil as Ryan is. He uses a cursed pipe to create deadly smoke and steal an invention and call it his own. Sounds like some people I work with. ;^)



1.25 What a Mother Wouldn't Do

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First Aired: 7/18/88

Director: Neill Fearnley
Writer: Bruce Martin

A cursed child's cradle helps an expectant couple keep their child alive because the child has severe health problems. It is only kept alive by the "sacrifices" that the parents make. The unique twist to the curse is that the murders must take place in water.



1.26 Bottle of Dreams

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First Aired: 7/25/88

Director: Mac Bradden
Writer: Roy Sallows

A package is delivered to Curious Goods containing a Canopic Jar. While Micki and Ryan are putting it in the vault they become trapped and a poisonous gas flows from the jar. It forces the cousins to relive the horrific episodes of the season. It is up to Jack, and new friend Rashid, to save them. This is the obligatory "flashback" episode that every series has. They show snippets of previous episodes loosely coupled by a thin plot. It was still better than anything else on tv (except Star Trek: The Next Generation). ;^)

How would you feel about a reunion movie?
Awesome! Open up the vault.
Only if Ryan comes back.
No thanks. They are probably too old now.
What is a reunion?
 

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