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The Tale of Jake the Snake
Season 6, Episode 6
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Air date March 20, 1999
Written by Alan Kingsberg
Directed by Mark Soulard
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The Tale of Jake the Snake, is the Sixth episode of the Sixth season of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and the Seventy-First episode in total.

Intro

That night, Andy quietly enters the clearing. He calls out for each of his friends by name, but gets no answers. He hears rustling in the bushes, and he gets a little nervous. Then he says he knows it them, who's just messing with him, and to stop messing with him. He hears another bush rustling, and now he's really getting scared. He screams: "Okay fine I'm out of here!" Suddely a guy in a hockey mask with a snake on it pops out and terrifies him. Andy screams his head off, backing away and he's ready to run off.

Then Quinn comes out and stops him, he tells him to calm down because they were joking with him. Vange comes up to him and tells him that he is so easy to scare. Megan appears and she is compassionate, she tells them it was mean to scare him and the person in the mask is just Tucker.

Tucker takes off the hockey mask and apologizes for the prank, and says it's for his story. Realizing this Andy laughs it off with the others and Megan takes him to sit down on the sofa with her. Then as the others all sit down, Quinn asks him why he isn't mad at Tucker for the horrible joke he played. Andy just smiles and laughs it off. Vange tells him because it's okay for friends to joke around with each other, and if ever makes a friend he'll know..

Tucker says it's kind of what his story is about. Megan is confused saying she thought his story was going to be about hockey. He says that it is, but it's also about friendship. Friends stick by each other, if your friends having fun, you'll be having fun. If your friend needs help, you help him. But what would happen if your friend was in danger? and the only way to help him, would be to put your own life at risk. The question is would you do it?

Tucker throws in the campfire dust to make the fire more intense while he submits his story for approval for The Midnight Society. He calls his story "The Tale of Jake the Snake" and begins the story.

Story

Tucker, tells the story. It first takes place in a high school hockey arena. Coach Harry Cramp is holding tryouts for new players to join the team. Two best friends, Zach and Wiley Halpin have been practicing months for it. Zach is playing with ease, but Wiley isn't doing so well, Wiley is constantly being slammed and tripped by current team member and bully Duchamp. The Coach sends Wiley to get ice for a bleeding nose, switching him with another person trying out.

In the locker room, Wiley is very discouraged,, telling Zach that he's trained so hard for this and he's not sure he's gonna make it. Zach is more positive, giving him support and encouragement. He tells him that he just knows they're both good enough to make the team. The Coach reminds him once again to get some ice for his bleeding nose.

When Wiley goes to the basement, he knocks on the door to the training room. Suddenly someone gives him an ice pack for his bleeding nose. Wiley is told by the creepy voice, that he reminds him of a player he knew years ago. Wiley asks if he sucked too, The voice tells him that the person did at first, but he soon became one of the greatest players ever. Wiley asks who, he's told he was named Jake Desmond, but better known as Jake "The Snake" Desmond" (because, he could slither like a snake through any defense). Wiley asks how he became so good, The voice says because he found a new hockey stick, which gave him the advantage and an all new attitude because it was magical. Wiley doesn't believe him, the voice tells him if he doesn't believe it, then to try it for himself, because Jake's stuff is still in the basement.

Jake slowly goes to the basement, which is a mess with old hockey equipment, nets and pucks eveywhere. Nervously he calls out if the creepy man is there, but gets no answer. He finds a box and he' s grossed out to find a piece of snakeskin in it. Then he finds another box, with old -fashioned skates and a red sweater jersey that reads "Desmond" on the back, and the number 4 on the front. Wiley then finds the old-fashioned hockey stick and grabs it. He backs away as boxes suddenly start falling. Then he mistakenly touches a pieces of fly tape that has a dead rat stuck to it. He screams and shakes it off and runs off with the stick. As he leaves the creepy person is heard laughing diabolically.

Wiley tests the hockey stick, hitting a pop can right into the garbage with a perfect slap shot, leaving him feeling amazed. The next day at tryouts, Wiley is pumped and ready. Wiley plays better than he ever did before earning the respect of everyone else (including Duchamp). The final cut for the team is annouced and Wiley gets a spot, which, otherwise might have been for Zach. Zach is upset he didn't make the cut and shocked how Wiley improved so fast. When asking Wiley how he improved so fast all Wiley says is :"New stick, new attitude!".

That night before going to bed, Wiley now feels great about himself, he plays around his room hitting a few shots. Before lying down, he notices the beginning of a rash on his left arm. He scratches it a bit, then goes to sleep with the stick in his bed. When he's asleep, the stick tranforms into a cobra and opens it's fangs and bites him. Wiley wakes up thinking it was a nightmare, and looks to see that the hockey stick is still in his bed. However his rash has gotten worse, now it's dry and scaly and pieces can peel and chip off.

The next day at lunchtime, Wiley has developed a bad attitude. When Zach tries to sit down to eat with the team, he rudely tells him he can't sit with them, because he's not on the team. Zach, is offended and gets up and leaves. Later Wiley meets Zach in the science lab. Zack tells him that he would never treat him that way, if he had made the team and he didn't. Wiley rudely says that they'll never know because he didn't. Zach asks him what the deal is with his attitude, he tells Zach new stick new attitude. Looking at the stick Zach asks who "Snake" is. Wiley explains that Jake "The Snake" Desmond,  was the greatest hockey player ever. Now he is (referring to himself as Wiley "The Snake" Halpin). Zach points out that he's getting the scales to match and should have his rash looked at.

Wiley looks at the white lab mouse Puzzler, he speaks to it in a loving tone. He tells Puzzler he wouldn't mind eating him for dessert, and begins to slowly lower Puzzler into his mouth to eat him! Zach screams at him to stop and Wiley comes to his senses saying that the mouse suddenly looked like a hot dog. Wiley points out his rash getting worse, peeling skin off to reveal gross scales developing. Concerned Zach tells him something is wrong with him. Wiley denies it saying he's fine, and he leaves in a huff saying that he's just jealous because he's on the team and he isn't. Before going to a hockey game, Wiley asks the creepy voice, why his skin is getting all scaly. The creepy man tells him to not worry about it, if enjoys playing, then keep playing. Because with the stick he can become professional. Hearing this Wiley is intrigued and heads off to the game.

After he leaves Zach comes out of hiding, entering the training room and calls out to the creepy man. A man appears in black robes, with a hood concealing his face. Zach asks him, what is happening to Wiley? The man tells him that Wiley will soon belong to them. Zach us who they are. The man pulls off his hood introducing himself to be Jake the Snake. Jake is all hideous and scaly, his skin is greenish black and his fingers are long and snake like. His eyes are menacing and he has striking sharp fangs.

Zach asks him if Wiley will become just like him. Jake says he won't be so lucky, because he was the first one to use the stick, and many others have since then. Jake grabs him and explains to the terrified Zack that when Wiley scored his first goal with the stick, his transformation began. Therefore each time he uses it, he changes a little more. Soon he will take one last shot, and his transformation to a snake will be complete, and he'll join the others. Jake opens a trap door to a pit in the floor, the pit is filled full of snakes. Jake throws in a dead rat, explaining it's just a snack, but they'll certainly appreciate a full meal. He grabs for Zach, who runs off terrified and escapes.

Zach runs over to Wiley's house, who finds him in his room. He's applying zit cream to his face which has broken out into more scaly rashes. He asks Zach what he wants. He tells Wiley that he spoke to the creepy man and he's in danger. Wiley says that he said that he's going to be good enough to play pro hockey. Zach tells Wiley he'll already be a snake before that happens, because he doesn't have zits, he has scales because he's changing. Wiley reveals the reason he looks worse than before, is because during the game he scored four goals.

Zach explains that everytime he uses the stick he becomes more like a snake, and if uses it again he's gone for good. Wiley doesn't believe him, and tells him he's just jealous. Zach tells him to think about it, :If Jake the Snake was the greatest, how come nobody every heard of him? Because he turned into a nasty snake creature and the same thing will happen to him, if he uses the stick again. Wiley gets angry and snaps at him saying he doesn't believe it. Zach says he's going to return the stick and they argue and fight over it. Zack locks Wiley in his room with a chair and runs off to return it.

Realizing the danger, Zach risks his life and returns to the training room. He calls out that he's brought the hockey stick back and to leave Wiley alone, because he's not going to use it anymore. He looks all around the room and gets no answer. Then slowly a huge snake from an air vent crawls out and grabs him and starts pulling him in by the feet. Zach screams out for help, Wiley who had shown up to reclaim the stick, tries to pull him back, but the snake pulls him in vanishing.

Jake now has Zach suspended in the air by a rope pulley from the ceiling. He laughs diabolically saying his friends haven't eaten in so long and they're very hungry. Zach, terrifed begs him to let him go, Jake tells him it's too bad Wiley isn't here, but will be soon enough. Wiley shows up armed with the hockey stick. Seeing Jake for what he really is, he demands for Zack to be released. Jake just hisses and begins to lower Zach into the pit. Jake tells him, that since he'll be in soon anyways, he should just give up and join the others in the pit. They all used the hockey stick just like he did, and just one more shot and he'll be a snake too just like all the others.

Jake begins to lower Zach into the pit, Zach screams bloody murder for Wiley to help him repeatedly. Wiley begins to get disoriented and finally he risks everything and slap shots a puck into Jake's face. Jake gets knocked over and falls into the pit, Wiley grabs the rope in time and helps him down. Jack is moaning NOOOOO! as the snakes pull him into the depths of the pit. Zach closes the door, but it's too late Wiley is beginning to transform. Wiley's hand begins twitching and throbbing, he says he can feel it happening because he used the stick to save him. Wiley begs him to not throw him down into the pit no matter what will happen.

Zach realizes the hockey stick is the source of all the trouble. Zach breaks the stick in half and yellow gas hisses out. then it changes into a cobra ready to chomp him. Zach throws it into the furnace, and Wiley sheds all the scales and is immediately changed back to normal since his transformation wasn't complete. Wiley thanks him for all his help and apologizes for the way he treated him. Zach accepts his apology and tells him without the stick he's back to being a crummy hockey player. On the way out they argue about whether he is or isn't a crummy hockey player.

Then just after they leave, the trap door to the pit opens, and Jake Desmond's hand emerges from the pit!

Ending

Tucker ends his story saying that Zach and Wiley were such good friends, that they both risked it all to save each other...and won!

Vange is really impressed and tells him it was very cool. Quinn is really impressed and tells him it was great.

As Tucker is putting out the campfire, he begins to apologize to Andy for the prank. However Andy isn't there anymore. Megan is surprised, saying he was just sitting next to her a moment ago. Then they see rustling in the bushes, (thinking it's payback). Quinn says you gotta be kidding me, Vange says in a sarcastic tone "Oh no! there's something scary in the bushes! Ooooh!

Quinn approaches the bushes, saying how pathetic his payback attempt is. Quinn tells Andy in the bushes, not to embarrass himself and to give it up and that it's time to get going and leave.

Suddenly Andy returns to the clearing, and asks Quinn who he's speaking to. Quinn is stunned and turns around shocked to see that the bushes keeps rustling,

Realizing it might actually be a wild animal, Quinn gets terrified and runs away screaming, Along with Andy, Megan, Tucker and Vange. The Hockey mask remains forgotten and shines in the moonlight.

  • James Hayes Liboiron who portrayed Wiley halpin, previously appeared in the original series episode "The Tale of the Manaha", as Steve.
  • Shawn Potter who portrayed Duchamp, previously appeared in the original series episode "The Tale of a Door Unlocked", as Ben. His next next appearance would be in the episode "The Tale of the Lunar Locusts", as Pete.
  • When the list of the players who made the final cut was shown, one of the names listed was Ned Kandel. He became an executive producer of the show during the series revival.

  • Ricky Mabe as Zach
  • James Hayes Liboiron (credited as James Liboiron) as Wiley Halpin
  • Shawn potter as Duchamp
  • Paul Rainville as Coach Harry Cramp
  • Alex Ivanovici as Jake "The Snake" Desmond (credited as Voice/Snakeman)

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