|The Tale of C7|
|Season 5, Episode 7|
|Air date||December 30, 1995|
|Written by||David Preston|
|Directed by||David Winning|
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The Tale of C7 is the Seventh episode of the Fifth season of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, as well as the Fifty-Ninth episode in total.
Midnight Society Cast
- Joanna Garcia as Sam
- Raine Pare-Coull as Betty Ann
- Ross Hull as Gary
- Daniel DeSanto as Tucker
- Codie Wilbee as Stig
- Jodie Resther as Kiki
- Jesse Moss as Jason
- Tegan Moss as Lisa
- Jane Wheeler as Ellen/Mom
- Stéphanie Bauder as Iris
- Colin Ferguson as Tommy
That night, Tucker & Stig are seen entering the circle talking on the way. Tucker is stressing because he's heard something important that he should tell everyone but he can't remember it at the moment. Stig tells him it's no big deal and not to worry about it. Tucker says he can't because it's really bugging him. Kiki, overhearing them talk on their way in approaches them and tells that Stig is really bugging her. Kiki in a snotty and rude tone asks Stig if he changes his clothes. Stig, standing up for himself defensively asks her if she ever minds her own business.
Gary & Sam, seeing it happen both impressed seeing Ooooh! (Kiki got told). Kiki reacts like she has been told and just shoos him away with disgust and goes to sit down. When Tucker sits down next to Betty Ann, she sees he looks distressed and with concern she asks him what's wrong. Tucker says that he is going nuts because he was going to tell them all something important but now he just can't remember what it is. Betty Ann tells him if he stops trying to remember then soon he will remember.
Sam gets up and says that is sort of what her story is about and walks over to sit on the Storyteller's Chair. Gary asks, is it Tucker going out his mind? She says no it's about memories, not just any memories, the kind that we share. Sam takes a few familiar items out of her back pack and says that they inspired some of her stories. Sam shows them an old locket belonging to her grandmother and says it helped her come up with "The Tale of the Long Ago Locket". Also her brother's school ring helped her come up with "The Tale of the Dream Girl". Then when she shows them a whistle Tucker blurts out that it inspired "The Tale of Watcher's Woods",
Sam says exactly and that's her point, because a lot of memories are shared, when we look at old stuff we think of the same things. Which is important because it brings people together as friends. Imagine if people didn't have these memories, it would be like they had no past and no friends. Then the future would be just as empty and lonely.
Sam throws in the campfire dust to make the fire more intense while she submits her story for approval of The Midnight Society. She calls her story "The Tale of C7" and begins her story.
Sam, tells the story. The story takes place in the country far away from civilization. Jason and Lisa were happy that their mom Ellen had quit her job to start her own business. Then they realized that she bought an old lakeside Inn. One that she plan to fix up with a contractor, to run her own new business. Jason and Lisa weren't happy to be so far away from their friends and civilization. Then their mom showed them the best part. According to her, it was living right by the beautiful river. Along with a dock and row boat, Ellen insists that Lisa will not be able to go in the boat without a life jacket because she refused to take swimming lessons. Ellen tries to encourage them to be more positive. She then reminds them that it is their chance to run their own business, and be their own bosses.
The inside of the old Inn is a little old and run down. Ellen tasks Jason to help her open a closet and the door is stuck. Jason pulls with all his might. Until the door knob pops off and he goes flying and falls to the floor bumping into his mom. The glass chandelier from the ceiling comes crashing down. Ellen tells him to look out and he just misses it landing on him, and they're all frightened. Then they realize the place is going to be even more expensive to fix up than they thought. Later that night when Jason is sleeping, the sound of a pleasant woman humming and singing can be heard. Jason wakes up wondering where the lovely music is coming from. Then he accidentally bumps into his mom and they both startle each other. Jason asks his mom Ellen if he can hear the music. So he leads her downstairs.
Then they find Lisa who is standing still. She is entranced, staring away at something from outside the window. She to says that she can hear the music playing. She also says that it sounded so nice. Ellen is about to take them back to bed. Then Jason passes by a closet. He opens it to reveal a dusty room with an old 1940's jukebox in it. They doubt the music came from the Jukebox. Then out of interest, Jason plugs it in. The three are amazed that it still works. Now they have all taken an immediate interest in it. The way it works, is that there are about three or four rows of a single one song track records. Each row is listed from A to D. Also it has a list of about 7 songs each. To test it out Jason puts on A2. Then the jukebox retrieves the old record and begins playing an old-fashioned instrumental song. As the music is playing an unknown presence is approaching the Inn. Then suddenly, the electrical outlet overloads. Then the entire room fills up with thick smoke. Now the presence has stopped approaching the Inn.
Ellen is worried, because if the wiring is too old, it will cost a fortune to rewire the place. Jason thinks it might just be some lose connections. Jason is finally excited, he says that if they can get more classic items like the jukebox, they can give the place a retro look. Then it might even be cool and fun. Ellen is finally happy to see Jason feeling more positive and happy about the Inn, and leaves him to fix the Jukebox. A couple hours later, Jason has tuned up the machine from the inside. Now he is ready to test it out again. So he decides to test it by playing the song for C7. However, when he presses the button, the record is jammed and it doesn't work. Then he tests it by picking B5. Then it plays an instrumental song and Jason is happy it works.
Once again, an unseen presence slowly approaches the Inn. Then it slightly shorts out while playing.Then after he checks on it, he looks out the window. He now sees that a beautiful young woman is outside. The jukebox suddenly stops and when he turns around again she's vanished. He Wonder who the woman is and where she went. Then he slowly goes out to the dock and calls her and gets no answer. Then he turns around and bumps into his mom and they startle each other again. Ellen and Lisa just came back home with groceries. Feeling a little annoyed she tells Jason to stop startling her this way. Jason asks them if they saw the young woman. They are confused and say no because no one else is here but them. Then later in the night, Jason wakes up once again to hear the jukebox playing.
He comes downstairs and finds the jukebox playing instrumental and vocal song. Jason approaches the jukebox to see what made it go on by itself. Then suddenly, he turns around and sees the beautiful young blonde woman whom he saw earlier. He asks her who she is, but she does not answer. Instead she slowly approaches the jukebox ready to pick another song. Jason is scared backing away and he bumps into the jukebox. This changing it to a random song. Then she instantly disappears. Feeling scared he looks all around and sees no one else. Then early the next day he is helping his mom clean the windows outside. Jason tells his mom about what he saw. All she says is that he must have been seeing things while sleepwalking. Ellen asks him to just work on cleaning the windows, and stop talking about how he thinks the place is haunted. Overhearing them Lisa is now nervous. They try to calm her down by saying they don't believe in ghosts and there is no such thing.
After Ellen leaves them to do their chores, Jason leaves Lisa unattended. This happens as he climbs up the ladder to wash the windows. He looks down and sees her gone. Worried sick, he calls out to her over and over. Then he runs out to the dock. From just the shortest distance away, Lisa is rowing the row boat. Jason pulls the rope still attached to it back to the dock. He is angry, saying their mom is going to be really mad and punish them. He then asks her what she think she was doing. Lisa says that she was paddling out to help a lady in a canoe, who was calling for help. When she turns around to show her to him, she isn't there anymore. Lisa describes her as pretty and singing an old song.
Ellen catches them in the act and gives them grief. Ellen tells Lisa she never wants her to go into the lake alone again. She tells Jason that she wants him to keep a closer eye on her when she isn't around. Lisa tries to explain to her that she was talking to a ghost. But Ellen doesn't believe her. Jason tries to back her up by telling their mom that he has seen the ghost too, and he has not been sleepwalking or imaging it. Ellen finally tells him she got the property of the Inn for such a low price, because of the scary story about the Inn.
Ellen tells Jason the story that the real estate agent told her: In 1945 just after World War II, ended a group of people were getting ready to throw a big welcome home party. It was for a local boy who went off to serve overseas. The local boy's girlfriend, who lived just across the lake arranged the whole thing. Then just before the party a telegram was delivered. This informed the people that boy wouldn't be coming home because he had died. The girl was so upset that she packed up her canoe and begun rowing away. Also the same night, there was a really bad storm. Then the boy's girlfriend's canoe washed up on the shore empty. and she was never seen again. Hearing this, Jason says that she is the ghost that he and Lisa saw. Ellen refuses to believe the story, or anything to ruin her business opportunity. Then she leaves him to look after Lisa while she is out for the evening.
Later that evening, Lisa is sitting down reading a Ghastly Grinner comic book, while Jason is playing the jukebox. He is trying to guess which song on the jukebox makes the woman's ghost appear. He discovers that the record for C7 is jammed. So opens up the jukebox and fixes the jammed slot. Lisa realizes there is about to be a storm, so she needs to go and warn the woman's ghost and she runs off. Jason realizing she is gone, gets worried runs after her. Then over at the dock, she and the boat are gone. Jason runs back inside and tries to call the police. The police don't believe him, thinking he is trying to play a joke.
Then he realizes that perhaps the ghost has her. Now he slowly pushes the button to C7 and it finally works. Then music begins playing, and Jason blinks his eyes like he's in a slight trance. When he turns around it's the welcome home party from 1945 that never happened. The Jukebox has sent him back into a time loop back to 1945. All of the friends and guests from 1945 are eagerly waiting. Then just as the soldier boy comes in they yell to him surprise. Then that all cordially welcome him back home. It turns out there was a mix up, he really was coming home after all. The boy asks them all where Iris (the woman's ghost) is and asks if she still waited for him. The boy looks upset as the people look at him almost if to say she's not here. Then suddenly Iris comes back and addressing him as Tommy. Now they happily reunite and have their one last dance. The one in which they say they've been waiting so long for and, knew they would always do again. Jason watches being so happy for them. Then after their dance they share a passionate kiss. Then Iris gratefully thanks Jason for fixing the jukebox to send her back in time. Also for not stopping Lisa from warning her about the storm. Then Iris and Tommy leave the inn. Then they run off together to enjoy their lives at long last.
Jason feels so happy for him. Then slowly, he turns around and he is now back in present time. Then he bumps into his mom again. Once again they; startle each other. Ellen tells him they've really got to stop meeting like this. Then Jason informs her that Lisa is missing, both scared sick run off to the dock and cry and scream at the top of their lungs for Lisa to come back. Suddenly Lisa is now back home. Ellen is so relieved that she is back safely. Then she and gives her a big hug. Lisa says that she passed by Iris and Tommy. Then they safely brought her back home. Hearing this, Ellen is completely confused. Then she takes Lisa in because its getting to cold. Then before Jason heads back inside, he says for them to hear "you're welcome". Then on his way he makes a suggestion. It is open the Inn hall as a cafe and bar for weddings and welcome home parties.
As the story ends, Sam says that nobody ever saw another spirit or ghost at the Homestead Inn again, but Jason would always remember Iris and Tommy and the song from their past that finally brought them together, Because the memory was all that he had, because he could never get the old jukebox to play C7 again and ends her story.
Then suddenly lightning flickers and thunder is heard. Tucker smiles and says now he remembers. Betty Ann asks what it is? He tells them all that what he couldn't remember until now is that he heard that tonight there is going to be a big thunderstorm. Kiki, annoyed tells him "Now you remember?", Gary quickly declares their meeting closed and putting the red water bucket onto the fire putting it out. Just as the heavy rain comes pouring down and the light flashes and the thunder crashes, they all run away crying and screaming.
- The last episode that was directed by David Winning, who had directed several episodes since the second season.
- The third time it rained on The Midnight Society, the first time was during the end of "The Tale of the Quicksilver", the second time was during, "The Tale of Cutter's Treasure: Part 1".
- This was Colin Ferguson's first acting role.
- Lisa is seen reading a Ghastly Grinner comic book.
- One of two times a Midnight Society member directly mentioned a previous story (when discussing inspiration, Sam showed items that she explained gave her ideas for "The Tale of the Long Ago Locket" and "The Tale of the Dream Girl" and Tucker recognized a third as what must have inspired the story whose title he shortened to "Watcher's Woods").
- Jesse Moss and Tegan Moss are actually brother and sister in real life.
- Jesse Moss who portrayed Jason, previously appeared in the show before. He first appeared in "The Tale of Train Magic" as Hank Williamson.
- Jane Wheeler who portrayed Ellen. previously appeared in the show before. She appeared in "The Tale of the Final Wish" as Mrs. Petterson.