Here’s today’s episode on Youtube:
Part 1- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6q5OM2-7nc
Our second review is an episode which takes place during AYAOTD’s second season. The Midnight Society remains pretty much the same, though they’ve lost the smarmy Eric, whose disappearance was never really addressed. He’s actually the only member of the group to leave and not be replaced, so they either considered him irreplaceable or irrelevant. Given that the only story he ever told involved a leprechaun, I’m going to go with the latter.
This episode begins with the Midnight Society walking through the woods, with David mentioning something about it being a full moon on a leap year, which apparently means spirits are free to take innocent victims away. David’s not the only one who believes in this apparently, as the Midnight Society is greeted by a strange hooded figure at their campfire.
It’s revealed to be Betty Ann, proclaiming that the mask she’s wearing is the only thing protecting the group from being taken away by the spirits. Though to me it’s just as plausible that she just finished murdering Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. I’ll pause and let you look that one up.
And we’re back. In a shocking coincidence, Betty Anne’s story takes place on Leap Year and will deal with evil spirits. See kids? That’s what we call foreshadowing. Here comes the magic bag, which I’m going to say is full of garlic powder, and we’re off. Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, she calls this story….
We meet Claire and Andrew Dickens and their favorite babysitter Louise, who was apparently nice enough to take them to an amusement park. Hardcore fans should spot a reference to an episode I’ll be reviewing later while Andrew is annoyingly gushing about the park.
It’s quickly established that Claire and Andrew have an abrasive relationship, with Claire doing nothing but making snide comments about everything Andrew does for the first few minutes. Ah, siblings. Louise bribes them with banana splits to keep them quiet, which is how I’m pretty sure I’ll eventually handle parenting as well. Unfortunately, Louise can’t seem to remember if she’s going the right way to get to the highway. For some reason, she just doesn’t think this sign is legitimate.
They follow it anyways, and as they drive off it’s revealed that apparently someone covered up the real sign. I know I was fooled, just look at that craftsmanship on the fake sign.
Now lost, our three heroes decide to stop at a small inn they find. It’s called the Whisper Inn, which surely has nothing to do with the title of this tale. Once inside the inn, they run into a strange fellow, who “loathes the wind” and is clearly a forgotten member of My Chemical Romance. He tells them that to get back onto the highway they should take a shortcut through the woods, you know, the kind that always works out so well for everyone.
In a twist that no one saw coming, their car breaks down in front of a creepy mansion, and Andrew laments that now they’ll never get banana splits. It’s good to see someone with their priorities in line. Louise decides to enter the house and ask to use their phone and as she approaches the front door, it opens on its own. A sketchy mansion you got to by following a shortcut through the woods, with doors that open by themselves, can you imagine a more welcoming place?
Louise doesn’t come out for awhile and Claire decides it’s time to go in after her and being too afraid to stay in the car by himself, or hoping that there will be banana splits inside, Andrew tags along. They enter the mansion and head upstairs following what they think is Louise’s voice. What do they find? Banana splits of course!
Andrew squeals with glee about it being a party and Claire comments that Louise must be behind it. Andrew is about to dig into his banana split, when Claire greedily tries to take it from him, (I mean seriously there’s like ten on that table, can’t you get your own?) and it falls to the floors. The mess then beings to smoke and turns into some sort of hole that our old friend from the Inn magically appears inside of. Eating that ice cream probably would have had some very uncomfortable side effects.
For some reason, the kids then decide their best course of action is to go back to The Whisper Inn and ask the guy there for help. Yes, the same guy who just appeared in the magic ice cream hole in the floor. These kids have a bright future. They find The Whisper Inn to be hosting a small party, full of a bunch of people dressed like they’re from the 1920’s, who are apparently only around because it’s a leap year and a full moon.
The party guests are of no help, and the kids leave, but return to ask to use the phone and find the Inn now completely empty. I’ve got to take a second to mention the odd amount of tumbleweeds that blow past whenever the kids exit the inn. Apparently this story takes place on a leap year with a full moon and on the outskirts of a town from the old west. I expect one of the kids to be scalped by an Indian before the end of the episode, anything less and I’ll be totally disappointed.
With no other options, Andrew and Claire return to the mansion, which is now full of whispers, including Louise, who beckons them into the living room. The kids find her disembodied head floating in a mirror and she tells them to go upstairs, before transforming into the floating, laughing head of My Chemical Romance’s back up dancer, who we’ve learned is named Master Raymond.
The kids attempt to leave the house, but find the front door locked and Claire declares that they must find Louise. In a touching moment, Claire confesses how much she needs Andrew to come with her, because he’s smart and Andrew eats up the compliment like a banana split, then decides to tag along.
They soon get separated and Andrew remembers that Master Raymond hates wind, while Claire finds a secret passage that leads to Louise. Masterr Raymond appears and gloats about how after sunset Louise’s soul will be his and will help to keep him alive. Either that or he just really wants her to join The Black Parade.
Andrew throws a vase through a window and the wind scares Master Raymond off long enough for them to make an escape. Their plan is foiled however; as Master Raymond cuts them off at the front door and puts both Claire and Louise in a trance. Everything seems to be going smoothly, until Violet; one of the partygoers from the Inn decides to intervene, because Claire reminds her of her own daughter. Violet throws open the front door and Master Raymond turns into a cloud and blows away. Louise, Claire and Andrew make their escape and drive off.
The story concludes with a random guy driving up to the house and having his car stall.
Betty Anne tells us the house still stands to this day and that people still disappear every February 29th when the moon is full.
Now, I’m a fan of The Whispering Walls, as it’s got a delightfully over the top villain in Mr. Raymond and the kids aren’t nearly annoying as some of the child actors in other episodes. However, it does raise some serious questions about the ethics of the ghosts already trapped with the house. Apparently they can just throw open the front door and free whoever they want, and yet there’s quite a few of them trapped in there. Now, I doubt they all got stuck on the same full moon leap year, so that would tell us that a few of them really don’t care to help anyone else escape their fate. Moral of the story? Ghosts can be dicks. Also, Master Raymond should really invest in a lock.
(Apologies for the absurd number of My Chemical Romance jokes here, but after seeing Master Raymond, they wrote themselves.)