Tales from the Darkside/Do Not Open This Box

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Do Not Open This Box
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Season 4, Episode 15
Airdate May 15, 1988
Written by Franco Amurri &
Bob Balaban
Directed by Jodie Foster
Produced by William Teitler
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Do Not Open This Box is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of Tales from the Darkside, and the eighty-fifth episode overall.

Starring: Eileen Heckart (Rose Pennywell), William Le Massena (Charles Pennywell), Richard B. Shull (Postman)

Co-Starring: Fay Gold (Clarissa), Paul Sparer (Narrator) (voice)


Plot Overview

Charles and his henpecking wife Ruth are mistakenly given a box with a direct order inscribed on it. The postman emphasises the importance of getting the box and its content back - and that it must not be opened.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Jodie Foster's directorial debut.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Postman: Ma'am, this bracelet belonged to Marie Antoinette.
Rose Pennywell: Used jewellery?