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Rate Episode 24.2: Last Rites for a Dead Druid
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Episode: 24.2 - Last Rites for a Dead Druid

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"To those amongst you with a predilection toward antique collection or the occasional bargain hunting that takes place in out of the way nooks and stalls, this painting suggests a certain required wariness when it comes to your shopping. Because there are moments when behind some dusty book or in a obwebbed corner of an ancient vestibule, you'll uncover a little objet d'art which can horrify the heck out of you. Such being the case in this painting when a lady goes junking about and uncovers a mythological statue that has lived past its time ... and intrudes on hers. We call the painting, Last Rites for a Dead Druid."


Original Air Date: January 26, 1972
Cast: Bill Bixby, Donna Douglas, Carol Lynley, Janya Braunt, Ned Glass
Writer: Alvin Sapinsley
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

Bruce Tarraday's loving wife, Jennie, purchased an life sized statue that resembled her husband. Bought on impulse and brought home, Bruce is now having extreme nightmares that involve a long dead Druid.


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This one is fun! Bill Bixby is a stuffy ass who's really tortured by an old sculpture that his wife buys at an antiques store. I enjoy the way that the statue moves around in his backyard and the way it suddenly appears and disappears in his bedroom. Donna Douglas is also entertaining as an evil seductress.

My Rating: 8 - Very Good

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A solid 8 from me. Very watchable and Bill Bixby is great!

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This is one of the episodes that really bothered me as a boy when I 1st saw it. This is one of the "Must See" gallery pieces. Truly creepy and just fun as hell to watch Donna break her clean cut Ellie Mae role.

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It really spooked me when I first saw it. A Nightmare I had at the time (about a statue) is easy to attribute to either it or "I'll Never Leave You - Ever," or both!
To me, the suburban setting and the temptation of the Donna Douglas character give it a kind of sitcom or soap opera quality (in a good way, not a way that detracts from it).


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Solid 9 Stars.

Bixby always delivers, as theDVD commentary mentioned, there is a similarity between his role in this episode and the
episode : Return of The Sorceror.

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A very interesting tale that reminds me of TZ's Piano in the House a little.
I did not see the similarity of the statue with Bixby that much, until the end. This episode had a great dark twist ending. I love the new statue at the end.

Donna Douglas looked even more beautiful here, yes nice to see her break from her Beverly Hills role; yet, either
shes playing her role very subtlely here, or they did not give her enough direction in playing her role, imho.

Actually, she reminds me of the lead in Return of the Sorceror, where again the lead in that episode kind of blurred her motives, or maybe it was the director's idea. ( Just curious, was Donna's character also not a fan of Bixby's character Bruce, leading her to take revenge on Bruce? I do not think that was explained well. )

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After being used to Ellie May, it's also funny to see Donna Douglas play a sort of flighty socialite character. (Even though it's a tiny role, she played a similar part in "Cavender Is Coming" on TZ.)


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True, 2 Bit, it is funny, odd to see her play anything other than Ellie May,talk about type casting.

Tom Hanks , I would love to see him play more darker meaner characters. His characters usually fall in the category of Good Guy.

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Along with everything else, it has Ned Glass playing one of his "lovable Jewish uncle" type characters. He's no one's uncle in the story, but I mean that kind of stock character, and he played a lot of them.


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