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"A Serpent's Tooth"
Series Tales from the Darkside
Season 3, Episode 8
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Airdate November 16th, 1986
Writer Edithe Swensen
Director Frank De Palma
Producer Richard P. Rubinstein; Anthony Santa Croce; T.J. Castronovo; Jerry Golod; George Romero
Starring Renee Taylor; Louis Quinn; JoAnn Willette; Brett Marx; Ron Sloan; Jared Rushton
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"A Serpent's Tooth" is the eighth episode from season three of the horror anthology series Tales from the Darkside, and the fifty-sixth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Frank De Palma with a script written by Edithe Swensen. It first aired in first run syndication on Sunday, November 16th, 1986. In this episode, a domineering mother named Pearl King, grows frustrated with her rebellious teenage children. A friend named Myron gives her a mystical serpent's tooth, that grants her the ability to make her every command come to pass - even if she mis-speaks things accidentally.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • "TFTD: A Serpent's Tooth" redirects to this page. This serves as a shortcut for users who wish to find the page without typing out the entire name of the series.
  • The setting for this episode is unclear, but gauging by the accents of the characters, it likely takes place in New York City, possibly somewhere in Brooklyn, or The Bronx.
  • Madeline states that she is 21-years-old in this episode.
  • This is the second to last television acting work for Louis Quinn. It is his final work in the horror genre.

Allusions Edit

  • The title of this episode comes from Act 1, Scene 4 of William Shakespeare's King Lear: "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child". Myron quotes this line to Pearl while sitting in her kitchen.

Quotes Edit

  • Pearl King: Madeline, don't do anything you wouldn't want to show on Network television!

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This article pertains to an episode from season 3 of the TV series Tales from the Darkside.