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 2
2.01 Doorway to Hell

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First Aired: 9/26/88

Director: William Fruet
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Well, if Ryan, Micki, and Jack were ever told to "go to hell", it finally happened. This season premiere started with uncle Lewis once again making a nuisance of himself.



2.02 Voodoo Mambo

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First Aired: 10/3/88

Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Agy Polly

No, the trio haven't moved to the Caribbean. They are on the trail of a ceremonial voodoo mask that turns out to have an evil priestess inside it. She coaxes the mask bearer into killing in order to seek her revenge.



2.03 And Now the News

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First Aired: 10/10/88

Director: Bruce Pittman
Writer: Dick Benner

A not-so-friendly rivalry gets out of hand. One psychiatrist miraculously cures her patients while her rival's patients are scared to death... literally. She uses an antique radio that broadcasts newscasts about how to cure mental patients with radical treatments. When the radio is placed in the room with the rival's patients, it broadcasts stories that pray on their worst fears and brings them to life.



2.04 Tails I Live, Heads You Die

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First Aired: 10/17/88

Director: Mark Sobel
Writer: Marilyn Anderson, Billy Riback

The coin of Ziacles is used by a group of devil worshippers to raise dead satanists back to life. Of course, the coin has to take a life first. Unfortunately, Micki gets in the way of the coin and meets her demise. Take heart though, Jack and Ryan have a plan.



2.05 Symphony in B#

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First Aired: 10/31/88

Director: Francis Delia
Writer: Carl Binder

This episode is almost an updated version of The Phantom of the Opera. This time the cursed item is a violin with a particularly deadly bow. When the "Phantom" kills with it he is given more magical music to add to his symphonic masterpiece. Oh, by the way, if you are keeping track it's Ryan's turn to lose the love of his life.



2.06 Master of Disguise

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First Aired: 11/7/88

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Writer: Bruce Martin

This episode helps answer the question, "Just how do Jack, Micki, and Ryan afford to travel around the world chasing down artifacts?". They are supplying antique props to a movie studio when Micki falls for an actor who just happens to have a cursed make-up kit. It turns out that this guy is severely disfigured and the make-up kit, by way of a death, gives him temporary good looks. There is a pretty sexy scene between Micki and William Pratt that highlights this episode.



2.07 Wax Magic

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First Aired: 11/14/88

Director: William Fruet
Writer: Carl Binder

"Lizzy Borden took an axe..." This was a well done episode with a pretty good twist at the end. It's almost cliche now, but it worked well for me at the time. Ryan falls for the wife of a wax sculpter at a traveling carnival. The cursed object, a handkerchief, brings a wax figure of Lizzy Borden to life. She then kills to relieve the headaches of the sculpter's wife. Sheesh, they had Tylenol back then. ;^)



2.08 Read My Lips

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First Aired: 11/21/88

Director: Francis Delia
Writer: Angelo Stea & Peter Lauterman

This episode has nothing to do with George Bush... just an amazing coincidence. ;^) Micki has a friend that is marrying a ventriloquist so she decides to check out his show. The groom-to-be is acting VERY strange, even for a guy with his hand up a dummy. They discover a trail of death following the ventriloquist's tour. It turns out that a boutenierre(sp?) brings the dummy to life and he has a mind of his own. When the ventriloquist loses his marbles, the dummy falls into the hands of another ventriloquist who thinks he's in control.



2.09 13 O'Clock

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First Aired: 1/2/89

Director: Rob Hedden
Writer: Rob Hedden

Have you ever wished that you could stop time for just a little while? Well, this episode explores this premise through the use of cursed pocket watch. If someone is killed in a specific subway station before midnight, then an extra hour is added for the owner of the watch. Unfortunately, everyone else is frozen in time. It is thoroughly amazing how much can be done in one hour.



2.10 Night Hunger

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First Aired: 1/9/89

Director: Martin Lavut
Writer: Jim Henshaw

This is another "bullied person gets revenge through a cursed item" episode. In this case it's a cursed silver keychain. It allows the owner to win drag races at the bully's expense, of course. Thrown into the mix is an unhappy father-son relationship. The father always compares the son to the hot-rod king. These two are in desparate need of a psychologist.



2.11 The Sweetest Sting

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First Aired: 1/16/89

Director: David Winning
Writer: Rick Butler

Killer bees have got nothing on the bees at the center of this episode. Allow me to introduce the vampire bees. Ouch! They suck the blood (and life) out of victims and transfer a willing participant into the recently departed.



2.12 The Playhouse

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First Aired: 1/23/89

Director: Tom McLaughlin
Writer: Tom McLaughlin

Welcome to the only episode where nobody dies! The cursed item is a childrens playhouse that is much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It takes care of all the needs for two neglected children. But, the children must "feed" the playhouse with other children. Fortunately, the children are only absorbed by the playhouse and not ripped to shreds. They are all returned unharmed in the end. Now... how are they going to get that playhouse into the vault.


2.13 Eye of Death

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First Aired: 1/30/89

Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Peter Jobin, Timothy Bond, and Roy Sallows

Another one of my favorite episodes and the common element is Tom McCamus. This one centers on a cursed old-time projector that transports the user to the time and scene of the slide being projected. Of course, someone has to die before the time travel is activated and even then it only works for three hours. Tom McCamus plays an antique collector/trader that somehow obtains mint condition Civil War relics that he sells... for a mint.



2.14 Face of Evil

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First Aired: 2/6/89

Director: William Fruet
Writer: Jim Henshaw

The compact from the 1st season episode "Vanity's Mirror" makes a return in this episode. This time the compact provides a fountain of youth to an aging model. She has to kill in order to keep her actual face from showing.



2.15 Better Off Dead

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First Aired: 2/13/89

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Writer: Bruce Martin

Another fantastic episode. Probably Robey's biggest stretch as an actress. Also, this is probably the most violent episode of the series. Not so for the gore as much as the psychological effects and intense situations. I heard that many stations ran a parental advisory warning before the show. The cursed item is a syringe that allows a scientist to draw brain fluid from an unwilling "donor" and come closer to a cure for his daughter. His daughter has become superviolent because he accidentally infected her with a disease. Guess who ends up as a donor. ;^)


2.16 Scarlet Cinema

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First Aired: 2/20/89

Director: David Winning
Writer: Rob Hedden

This is one of two episodes that I haven't seen. I will borrow from the Fangoria episode guide and others. The cursed item is a camera. When a person is photographed by it, they are killed by a werewolf.



2.17 The Mephisto Ring

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First Aired: 4/10/89

Director: Bruce Pittman
Writer: Peter Largo

This episode is reminiscent of "Tattoo" in that it involves a gambling addiction mixed with a cursed World Series ring that allows him to see the outcome of sporting events. You've heard the phrase "sell your grandmother", well it just about happens in this episode. ;^)



2.18 A Friend to the End

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First Aired: 4/17/89

Director: David Morse
Writer: David Morse, Scott J. Schneid, and Tony Michelman

This was actually a complex episode because in involved two cursed objects that cross paths, and Jack wasn't even involved. Ryan and Micki are trying to retrieve the Shard of Medusa, a cursed object that a female sculpter uses to turn people into statues: her latest works of art. When they succeed at retrieving the shard, the sculpter hunts them back to Curious Goods and is holding Micki's nephew, J. B., as a hostage. She takes off with the shard. Since J. B. was dumped on Micki by her sister, he ends up playing with the neighborhood boys who challenge him to enter a haunted house. While inside, he meets Ricky, who turns out to be a child who was abused and murdered about 100 years ago. He was brought back to life with a cursed coffin provided by... Lewis Vendredi. The catch is that he must kill adults to stay alive. When Micki tries to rescue J. B. in the house, Ricky tries make Micki his latest victim. J. B. convinces Ricky that Micki is a good, loving, and caring adult. He becomes convinced. So, Ricky lets them go and dies... again.



2.19 The Butcher

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First Aired: 4/24/89

Director: Francis Delia
Writer: Francis Delia and Ron Magid

Since Jack wasn't in the last episode, it's only fair that he get a show to himself. It turns out that Jack was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII. He begins to have recurring nightmares about that time and the leader of the camp, a man called "the butcher". This man would kill his victims by strangling them with barbed-wire. This man has been brought back to life by a swastika amulet and an old doctor. The butcher begins to kill off Jack's regiment one by one, until he gets to Jack.



2.20 The Secret Agenda of Mesmer's Bauble

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First Aired: 5/1/89

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Writer: Joe Gannon

This is probably one of the episodes that freaked me out the most. The idea was creepier to me than most all the other episodes. Imagine being such a fan of a celebrity that you wanted to be that person. I don't just mean having the fortune and fame of that particular celebrity... you actually want to BE that person; exist as that individual. Mesmer's Bauble helps that dream come true for an over-zealous fan of the pop singer Angelica (played by Vanity)



2.21 Wedding in Black

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First Aired: 5/8/89

Director: Rodney Charters
Writer: Angelo Stea and Peter Lauterman

Everyone meets someone special from their past and they each go their own ways in this episode... at least they thought they did. A mysterious snow globe is central to this episode. It's not clear whether or not it is a cursed object, but they all somehow end up inside of it, having been led their by their friends. None of the trio realize that their friends have been dead since they sold their souls to the devil. He has brought them back to help in his latest fiendish plan. It turns out that guys aren't the only ones that think Micki is sexy: Satan does too. So much that he wants Micki to have his child.



2.22 Wedding Bell Blues

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First Aired: 5/15/89

Director: Jorge Montesi
Writer: Nancy Ann Miller

This is the second episode this season with a wedding theme. It is also the introduction of Johnny, as a potential love interest for Micki. In this episode, a cursed pool stick is used to kill providing its owner with incredible pool skills, albeit temporarily. We get to see how naive Johnny is about cursed objects, as well as how stressed out a wedding can make a person.



2.23 The Maestro

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First Aired: 5/22/89

Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Karen J. Janigan

Music can be deadly... when played by a cursed Symphonia. Colm Feore stars in this episode as a dance instructor choreographing the "perfect cheer". Oops! I mean "perfect dance". You may remember him from his appearance in Stephen King's "Storm of the Century" and as a thick-headed Naval Commander in "Pearl Harbor". His dance students unwittingly sacrifice themselves for a few sequences of choreography for this perfect dance. Ultimately, he has to sacrifice himself during the performance to finish the dance. Unfortunately, he takes the daughter one of Jack's friends with him in the process.



2.24 The Shaman's Apprentice

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First Aired: 5/29/89

Director: William Fruet
Writer: Michael Michaelian

A Native-American becomes a doctor who does not believe in the tribal healing methods used by his witch-doctor father. He fiinds a cursed ritual rattle that has been in his family for generations. As with other cursed medical objects, a life must be taken before someone can be healed. This episode has the distinction of being the one that contains the only retrieved cursed object that is not kept in the vault. Jack, Micki, and Ryan agree to let the tribe keep it safe.



2.25 The Prisoner

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First Aired: 6/5/89

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Another Johnny episode... and he's still not a regular yet. We get to meet Johnny's father in this episode (remember his face for later). When Johnny is accused of murdering his father, he gets to become someone's prison darling. ;^) He finds that one inmate is using a cursed WWII Kamikaze jacket to turn invisible and leave the prison to extract revenge from his gang of thugs.



2.26 Coven of Darkness

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First Aired: 6/12/89

Director: George Blomfield
Writer: Wendy Rodriguez

This is one of the few episodes I have never seen. I understand that we find out that Micki has some mystical powers. Could we have a Micki Potter? ;^)

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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