Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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A Case of the Stubborns 

Jodie and his mum are grief-stricken by the passing away of Jodie's grandfather, but they soon find themselves with a lot more to be upset about when he gets determined not to stay dead.


Gerald Cotts (as Jerry Smith)


Robert Bloch (story), James Houghton (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Eddie Bracken ... Grandpa Titus Tolliver
Bill McCutcheon ... Dr. Snodgrass
Tresa Hughes ... Voodoo Woman
Christian Slater ... Jody Tolliver
Brent Spiner ... Reverend Peabody
Barbara Eda-Young ... Ma Tolliver
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)


Dressed in black, a very subdued mother and son (Christian Slater, age 15) sit down to breakfast on a hot summer morn, after Grandpa passed away last night in his bed upstairs. But cantankerous Grandpa shows up for breakfast too, lily in the lapel of his best suit, astonished that there's no plate set up for him ! The more folks insist he play dead and dignified, the more persnickety and odoriferous he becomes. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

2 December 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest star Christian Slater also later appeared in the 1990 theatrical movie "Tales from the Darkside". See more »


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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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A gem. A fun and well liked episode of the series. Grandpa just won't die.
15 March 2009 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "TFTD" episode "A Case of the Stubborns" is fun and clever really one of the better ones of the series and it's notable as Christian Slater is in one of his earliest roles. It involves a country family a woman and her son(Christian Slater in one of his first roles)who have just recently lost a family member. That happens to be the father of the woman and the grandpa of the boy he died, yet oddly enough the next morning at the breakfast table he shows up! Looking just as old and stiffed wrinkled as can be! The makeup and graphics of this episode were well done. They try to talk to grandpa to tell him he's dead yet he's stubborn and will not listen. Only each time his skin ages more and he looks more and more dead. Strangely it ends with the little boy getting some magic of his own to take care of the situation in a magical and comical way, that's all I will say I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it. Overall well liked and good episode one of the series best.

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