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Balberith used Maggie's voice to summon Nicholas.

SLIDE 19 (From Episode 629; Broadcast 11/21/1968)

"Nicholas!" Every vestige of color drained from Nicholas' face. His name had been called from the throat of Maggie, but it was not Maggie's voice! It was the voice of Balberith, and the room seemed to pulsate with his unholy presence.

"Y-yes, Master," Nicholas quavered.

"Prepare to meet your judgment, Nicholas!"

Nicholas seized a chair back to support his weight.

"J-judgment?" he moaned.

"Tomorrow you will appear before me. Prepare yourself."



NOTES:

  • Every vestige of color drained from Nicholas' face. -- You can't see that here with the red darkroom light on, but trust us...

  • His name had been called from the throat of Maggie, but it was not Maggie's voice! -- Strange. The booklet says that it wasn't, but the actual Viewmaster slide says that it was!
              Viewmaster viewers have a little window in the middle of the viewer through which you can read a short capsule description of the picture currently loaded. The capsule description for this one reads "Balberith used Maggie's voice to summon Nicholas." The booklet says he used his own voice, which is also the way it happened in the actual TV episode, so looks like the slide is outvoted here.
              Incidentally, on every screen, these capsule descriptions can be seen by holding the mouse cursor over the picture for a few seconds.

  • "J-judgment?" he moaned. -- This is an odd verb choice. Is that a good moan or a bad moan? Is there such a thing as a bad moan?

  • "Tomorrow you will appear before me. Prepare yourself." -- "He's going to want to hear the truth; I'd better make up something good."

  • Actually, this is a pretty dicey situation here. If the Devil asks Nick a question, does he lie and make him madder, or tell the truth and make him madder all the same, since telling the truth is virtuous, and virtue is mega-uncool in the Netherworld? Talk about damned if you do, damned if you don't (pun intended).



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