|The Tale of the Forever Game|
|Season 6, Episode 1|
|Air date||February 6, 1999|
|Written by||Mark D. Perry|
|Directed by||Iain Patterson|
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The Tale of the Misfortune Cookie
That night, a familiar looking teenager heads into the old clearing of The Midnight Society. A voice nearby reveals him to be none other than Tucker. The voice belongs to an African American teenager, who rudely tells him this better be the place, because his feet are killing him. Tucker Smiles happily and says yes it is the place (the clearing is a mess with dried leaves and sticks everywhere, and the all seats including the storyteller's chair have fallen apart.)
We hear a startling scream, which gets Tucker and his friend's attention. Then a pretty blonde teenager approaches them saying she walked into something stringy. Tucker laughs saying it's just a spider's web, and helps her take it off her hair.
Then we see a chubby male teenager with short brown hair, he says he has the firewood but drops the logs and trips and falls down. He gets back up and Tucker asks him it's all right and he says he is.
Then a slighly younger girl, with dark hair comes in out of breath. She complains saying she told them to wait up, because she isn't as fast as they are. The African American boy insults her calling her a roach and tells her should have stayed home. She gets mad and throws a rock and it just misses him, he cries that she could have beamed him.
Tucker asks the four people to sit down. The Blonde Girl complains about the idea of sitting on the ground. Tucker tells her to find either a log or a rock. The chubby boy says it's just how he pictured it. Tucker repairs the storyteller's chair, and explains that the trail to the clearing was closed off and no one has been back since.
Tucker is asked how things work, he explains to them the rules are simples. It's all about telling the tales. The two girls sitting together, and the younger one guesses it's scary tales.
Tucker says exactly, he tells them he knows them all. Just like the friends his brother Gary used to bring. He mentions they all love stories that are weird and scary, and in this secret place is where they can tell them. Because when entering the circle they leave reality behind, and enter a dark world where anything can happen. Suddenly the Chubby Boy has gotten an impressive fire going.
Then to Tucker's surprise, he finds the pouch of the campfire dust and he's thrilled that it's still there. Tucker addresses them each by name. The girls are Vange (the younger one with dark hair) and Megan (The pretty blonde). The boys are Andy (The chubby boy) and Quinn (The African American boy).
He asks them if their all ready and they nod yes. He proudly tells them that the first one is his. Tucker, throws in the campfire dust to make the fire more intense while he submits his story for approval for The NEW Midnight Society. calling his story "The Tale of the Forever Game", and begins his story.
Tucker, tells the story. The story takes place in the woods, two teenagers Peter and his friend Mark are speeding along the bike trail. Along with Peter's younger sister Monica, who has difficulty keeping up,( because she is smaller than him). Peter is annoyed with her inability to keep up. He tells to either try and keep up or go home. As Peter rides on ahead, Monica looks hurt. She tells Mark that she wishes her brother wasn't so mean to her. Mark tells her that Peter used to treat him the same way, until he proved to be just as good as he was and possibly she can too.
When they catch up along the trail, Peter jumps out and scares them as a joke. Then Peter notices a hidden trail. He thinks it's a challenge and they should ride it, (against Monica's better judgement, that they should stick to the right trail). On their way down the trail, they find an abandoned, worn out, antique bicycle. They're puzzled why someone would leave it there. Then further up, they come across a very weird tree and Peter can't figure out where to go next. Peter soon leads them running in circles, crossing the same tree over and over again, making Mark and Monica mad, stating he's gotten them lost.
Monica says it seems like their just going around in a maze. Peter suggests they each try to find a way out. Monica says they should stick together no matter what, telling him he's the one who got them lost. Peter insists his idea will work and rudely tells them to move. Feeling insulted they begin to search for their own paths. Peter senses something unusal about the weird looking tree. Therefore he goes to take a better look at it.
Peter touches the tree and he's teleported into a hidden underground room. He walks over to the table and sees a board game on it. The board game is a forest themed, two player start to finish game. Suddenly he's welcomed by a teenager, (who by the look of his clothes, it's apparent that he's from an older period of time). He introduces himself as Nathaniel and he's pleased to see Peter come in. Nathaniel explains that it's not his house, and he's not dreaming. That it's a game and happily asks him if he wants to play it.
Nathaniel eplains it's called "The Forever Game", in the middle of the game is a viewing globe, where anyone in the woods outside can be seen and heard, but they can't see and hear them. Peter thinks it's great, because he can freak out his sister with it. Nathaniel, asks him if he even likes her. Peter says she' s a waste of space. Nathaniel explains the game. They start from the tree and spin the wheel and choose any path they want to go, and it's the first one to the door at the end. Peter agrees to play and Nathaniel is ecstatic, Peter tells him to calm down because it's only a game. He tells Peter it's more than just a game, and to wait and see.
Nathaniel takes his first turn and lands on a button that activates potpourri. They watch on the viewing globe outside, Monica and Mark are now having potpourri (dried out flowers) blown on them and are enjoying the pretty colors. Peter thinks it's great and wants to know how he did it, he's told the game did it. Peter takes his turn and has a choice, to either make it rain, or lightning bolts. He gladly picks lightning bolts. Suddenly in the woods, The potpourri vanishes and Mark and Monica are caught in a terrible thunderstorm. Monica advises them to hide near small trees, because the big ones get struck first and wait it out. Peter is laughing and having so much fun tormenting her.
Then Nathaniel is quiet, Peter asks him what the problem is. Nathaniel explains that on each new turn, the events from the previous turn end. However, The Burden Beast, will stay outside for their remainder of the game. Then outside, a claw is thrown into a tree. It came from a vicious human like beast monster, extending it's sharp claw and viciously growling. Monica and Mark run off horrified, as it tosses more claws after them and begins to try and hunt them down.
Peter is furious and insists Nathaniel end the game. Because there's nothing funny, about his friend and his sister getting hunted down. Monica leaves a pouch of food behind, to distract The Burden Beast and they run off and hide. Peter is now proud and supportive of Monica and decides to quit. Nathaniel says he can't and they have to finish it. Peter asks why he has to finish, he's told because the winner gets to leave and the loser has to stay there forever, which is why it's called "The Forever Game".
Nathaniel explains to Peter, that he didn't mean to trick him into playing. He explains he's a victim just like him, who had no choice either. Also stumbling into the place just like he did. When he played the game he lost, and he's been stuck in here ever since. Nathaniel has no idea where it came from, but the game has been there a really long time. He convinces Peter to keep playing, because if they don't they'll both be stuck there forever. Also Mark and Monica will be trapped in the woods forever. So if they end the game at least one of them has a chance to leave.
Peter reluctantly continues the game, on his next turn he lands on a button that activates a sinking pit. Then in the woods, Mark begin sinking in quicksand. Screaming for help, Monica grabs a stick to pull him out. Meanwhile, Nathaniel is now taking time for his next turn. Peter gets inpatient and snaps at him, to finally take his turn, freeing Mark from the sinking pit. The game continues to go on after them taking many other turns. While outside The Burden Beast chases after Monica and Mark again.
Finally after taking his time, Nathaniel's next turn lands on the instant nighttime button. This causes the woods to be in nighttime for the remainder of the game. Peter watches Monica and Mark cleverly hide away from The Burden Beast. Mark and Monica realize they're back at the weird tree again. Monica mentions that the tree seems to be the cause of all their problems and they examine it. Nathaniel gladly mentions he five steps away from freedom.
Peter takes his next turn, and now he has a choice, either switch with Mark or Monica or go back 15 spaces. He realizes that he can't switch with his friend or his sister. Because they would likely lose the game coming in so late, and never been seen again. Therefore reluctantly he goes back 15 spaces. Nathaniel remarks to him about the poor choice he made and takes 3 steps ahead and is almost out now.
Monica and Mark examine the tree, and realizing it's dead they try to knock it over. They begin to push it, while inside Peter and Nathaniel can hear it shaking. Peter is proud of her, realizing the tree is source of all the problems. Then he tries to help them by purposely spinning backwards 8 spaces to make the lightning strike it. Nathaniel, doesn't seem to care and takes his last spin and goes up one space. Nathaniel lands on the broken stick button. This causes nothing happen until the next turn. Peter takes advantage of this and lets the lightning keep striking.
Eventually outside, The Burden Beast closes in on them at the tree. Then a huge lightning bolt zaps the tree, it strikes and destroys the game. Then outside everything is back to normal. In clearing smoke and Peter is free and he is thrilled and proud. He explains he saw everything that happened to them, and tells Monica how great she did. Then suddenly an elderly man walks up, he's revealed to be Nathaniel and after all these years old age has caught up with him. Nathaniel doesn't mind, because he's finally free and applauds them for finding the way to destroy the game once and for all.
Nathaniel is asked where he is going, he says that he's going back to his old neighborhod. The place that he's been away from since he ran away in 1929. Nathaniel leaves, and Peter is asked what it was all about. Peter tells them he will explain everything to them on the way back home, with Monica leading the way. Monica happily smiles and leads them back home.
As the story ends, Tucker says that Peter gave Monica the respect she deserves, and together they beat the Forever Game...Forever! His four friends are all smiling, pleased and impressed with Vange saying it was awesome. Tucker tells them that's how it works, and next time someone else tells a story.
He asks them if they want to keep it going, Andy happily stands up smiling and says he'll absolutely be coming back. Vange says she's in. Megan is not too sure yet, she asks if they can do the meetings in her father's backyard instead. The four of them seem ticked off and look to her as if to say ..really? Megan reconsiders and says okay whatever. Quinn tells Tucker, if he let's anyone know he's part of the group, he'll pound him and leaves while Tucker laughs it off.
As the four new members leave, Quinn is heard saying "You know, this is pretty cool!", Vange says "Very cool!". Tucker is thrilled and smiles saying "We're back!", and looks completely satisfied.
- Gary is mentioned but not seen.
- Tod Fennell who portrayed Mark, reppeared in the show again. He next appeared in "The Tale of the Silver Sight" as Jim Gregory.
- Kyle Downes who portrayed Nathaniel, reappeared just ten episodes later in "The Tale of Vampire Town" as Adder Carballo.
- Griffith Brewer who portrayed The Old Nathaniel, made three previous appearances in the original series. He first appeared in "The Tale of the Captured Souls", as The Old Peter. His second appearance was in "The Tale of the Water Demons" as Captain Abraham Westchester. His third appearance was in "The Tale of the Phone Police" as The Phone Company Manager.
- This was the second time Griffith Brewer portrayed the aged out and older version of another portrayer's character. The first time was in "The Tale of the Captured Souls" and coincidentally this episode and "The Tale of the Captured Souls" had a character named Peter in it.
- Griffith Brewer's first uncredited appearance as well as his final appearance in the entire show.