Review #17: The Tale of Jake and the Leprechaun

When tired, I resort to tired jokes.  There’s your disclaimer, here are your links.

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We’re dropping all the way back to season 1 for this one, because I realized that Eric, who’s only around for that season tells only two stores.  One will be covered later, but I figured I might as well knock off the other one as well, despite saying I wouldn’t do it.

We begin by learning that Eric’s grandfather died, which makes me feel worse about the skewering I’m going to be giving this episode. Thanks for the guilt trip, producers.  His granddad was from Ireland and would tell Eric stories about pixies, the various types of fairies in Irish folklore.  Tonight, Eric is going to try and tell one of his grandfather’s favorite stories to the Midnight Society, and I’m going to mock it relentlessly.  Interesting note, Eric and I sort of have the same hair cut, which doesn’t make me feel all that great, considering this episode is from 1992.

I’m stylish!

Anyways, Eric tosses some Irish pixie dust on the fire and begins.  Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society, he calls this story…

We meet Jake, who’s being besieged by some sort of goblin creature and screaming about it.

He’s rescued by an elderly gentleman dressed in green, and then it’s revealed that we’ve been watching the rehearsal of a play called “Will o’the Wisp”.  The man is green name is Erin, and everyone seems to think he’s some sort of genius playwright.  I’m unimpressed however.

He’s no Arthur Miller

Erin takes Jake aside to practice a certain part of the play, but then suddenly we cut to some sort of large indoor greenhouse.  Jake’s there, asking if anyone else is around and after a few seconds, he gets a short response from this guy.

I bet his gardening business has low overhead costs.

The delightful little Irishman is named Sean O’Sheany, and tells Jake to remember that name because he might be needing him.  We learn Jake is visiting the garden to collect some herbs to make the same kind of tea that Erin the Genius drinks.  Sean however, is none too happy that he’s asking for those specific herbs, and kicks him out of the garden.

He seems a little upset.

Before we head back to the play, we get a brief glimpse of someone lighting candles and reciting a poem about stealing someone’s soul.  Considering the scene also features a flyer for the play, featuring Jake’s face, and also Jake’s hat, I’m betting this won’t bode well for our annoying friend.

Once back at the play, we learn Jake’s character wishes to become a leprechaun, and Erin’s character is more than happy to oblige.

Okay, he might be a little too happy.

Erin’s character has Jake’s character recite a poem and drink from a strange pouch and after taking a drink, Jake goes through puberty and his voice lowers.  He’s concerned about this, but he shouldn’t be, it’s a natural part of every young man’s life.

And soon you’ll get hair in places where there was no hair before.

Scared about this, Jake returns to Sean’s garden, but Sean is still angry and is very short with him.  He storms off into his little house, which is my favorite aspect of this episode, but lets Jake in once he mentions that he thinks he’s changing.

Hehehe, that place looks like it could use a little work!

They have a discussion about herbs and the play, you know, just small talk, before Sean informs Jake that he’ll be at the show’s premiere, as he wouldn’t miss it “For all the suds in Dublin”  At rehearsal the next day, Sean sneaks in and watches, but once Jake’s voice starts changing again, Sean destroys part of the set.  Sounds like someone is a wee bit jealous.  Sean informs Jake that his life is in danger, and then points out that his ears are becoming pointy, which of course results in Jake screaming.  Really, he does that far too often, it was impossible to get a less ridiculous screen shot.

Sean tells Jake that every time he recites Erin’s poem he becomes closer to turning into a changeling.  Sean thinks Erin is up to no good and they sneak into his dressing room to gather evidence.  Once inside they find that Erin has a strange shrine to Jake.

Maybe he’s just a big fan. As opposed to Sean, who’s a little fan. I’m not proud of myself for any of this.

Sean steals some of Erin’s herbs and then he and Jake hide under Erin’s bed until he falls asleep.  While they’re waiting, we’re treated to several disgusting shots of Erin’s true form.  His gross pointy ears, his horrible hobbit like feet, and of course this:

You’re welcome

It turns out Erin is a Banshee, a creature that needs to eat a human soul every seven years to survive.  This year, that happens to be Jake.  Worry not however, because Sean’s thought it over a little and come up with a plan.  Wow, this is a lot of midget humor, I didn’t think I could stoop that low.

During intermission of the play, Sean tells Jake the three rules for beating a Banshee.  Number one is to be fearless, so he has him eat some spiders.

After this he’ll have to collect flags from the roof of a moving vehicle.

Rule number two is to give him a taste of his own medicine, so they add something into the pouch Erin drinks from in the play.  I’m going to guess it’s vodka, and I hope it has the same effect on him that vodka had on Steve Urkel, because that got us the Urkel dance.  …What?

Rule number three is to never take your eyes off of him, as it would break up the spell they’re trying to cast.  Armed with his new knowledge, Jake heads back to the stage to defeat Erin and ruin his aspiring acting career.  Of course Jake screws it up and tips off Erin, who reveals his true form, which we later learn is named Gort.

Yeah, looks like a Gort.

Gort changes Jake into a frog and he thinks he’s won, but of course Sean won’t let that happen.  Through some strange forced bartering, he trades Jake the Frog for Gort’s tail and this causes Gort to explode.  I’m not going to lie, I really have no idea what happens there.  Point being, it ends with Sean sprinkling fairy dust on Jake and returning him to normal.

This seems like a logical ending.

Everyone loves the play, but since they killed the writer/director, it’s never performed again.  Great work Jake, that was really short sighted.  But considering it was Sean’s plan, I’m not surprised.

The End

Well, that was awful of me, wasn’t it?  Jake and the Leprechaun falls under the category of memorable, but not scary.  It did give me the opportunity to make fun of a little person though, and that was impossible to pass up.  Go watch the episode, he runs like his shoes are 8 sizes to large for him, it’s wonderful.  It’s a good story though, and it’s the only time Eric ever gets any development as a character, as he’s gone by season two.  His second story is much better, and will be covered at a later date.  For those who are offended by all my midget based humor, I do apologize, please accept it and be the bigger person.


2 thoughts on “Review #17: The Tale of Jake and the Leprechaun

  1. Pingback: Are You Afraid of the Dark? Review Index « My Rotting Brain

  2. I must admit, after the second “little people” joke, I couldn’t stop laughing until the last one came. You’re awful/wonderful.

    The one thing I’ve always loved from this episode is, during the play at the end, when they show the audience, in the front row theyres always this black girl with a a big fancy red dress/gown. Me and my friend are always hypothisising “who is this black girl?” “Why is she wearing a red gown to a community theater play” … “No, seriously, why the hell would she wear a red gown to a community theater play. I really want to know”. Etc.

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