|The Tale of the Secret Admirer|
|Season 6, Episode 12|
|Air date||May 8, 1999|
|Written by||Eric Weiner|
|Directed by||Mark Soulard|
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Tale of the Secret Admirer is the Twelfth episode of Season Six of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, as well as the Seventy-Seventh episode in total.
That night, as the group enters the circle, Megan takes from each of them a piece of paper. Quinn says that they make them do the dorkiest things. She tells him it's not dorky it's fun and as everyone sits down. She asks them all if their notes are typed not handwritten and they all say yes. Megan says the game is called secret confessions. The concept is to tell something to someone in a note, something you're too embarrassed to tell them face to face.
Quinn says the only thing he's embarrassed about is playing the dorky game. Shuffling through the notes, she says the first note is to Tucker, he's happy and smiles. The note tells him a thank you for letting him or her be in The Midnight Society, and it's signed from Andy. Vange calls him a dimrod and tells him he wasn't supposed to sign in. Andy reacts confused saying oh you're not? Megan says yes because it's called SECRET confessions. Tucker smiles saying it's cool and tells him that he's welcome.
Megan shuffles for the second note, the second note is for Andy. It says "I'm glad you're my friend" Andy is touched by this and says cool. Megan takes the third note and it's also for Andy. This one tells him "I bet your zipper is down again!" he checks and everyone laughs. The next note is for Vange. This one says "You remind me or me" she wants to know if that's good or bad. Quinn tells her it depends on who wrote it. Megan picks up the last note and it's for her. The note tells her "I always wanted to tell you, you're pretty" she is emotionally touch and smiles and thanks whoever wrote it. Qunn impatient asks her if this has anything to do with her story.
She says of course, because getting secret notes is cool. Especially if their good notes like theirs, but what if you got a note that wasn't so great? What if it warned you about something evil? What would you do?
Megan throws in the campfire dust to make the fire more intense while she submits her story for the approval of The Midnight Society. She calls her story "The Tale of the Secret Admirer" and begins her story.
Megan, tells the story. The story is about a teenage girl named Meggie Evans. lackimg self esteem in her appearance, she was shy and didn't have many friends. Most of the kids in her class didn't even notice her. One day during lunch time, she placed her backpack on the floor. Then suddenly she realized someone knew who she was, and that someone was watching her. She found a letter in her backpack, addressed to her. She opens it up and it says "Do you feel the same way about me that I feel about you? Meet me in the woodshop right away".
She smiles and feels excited, she heads to the school woodshop. Near the entrance are a few members of a school's sports team. She thinks it was from Nick. She tells him that she got his note and she's here. Nick's two idiotic friends Moose and Bucky joke about it. Bucky takes it and teases her about having feelings for his friend making her feel humilated. Nick gives her the note back and says it wasn't from him. His friends leave teasing them about it.
That evening Meggie is in her room feeling awful, her mom tries to comfort her asking her if she wants her advice and support. Meggie tells her that she feels sad, because she's think she's ugly and boys don't like her. Her mom tries to convince her she is beautiful, but Meggie doesn't believe her and asks to be left alone for a while. Later during homework time, her dad comes in hearing about her bad day and wants to know if she wants to talk about it, she says no thanks. Then her dad invites Meggie to go for ice cream with them. She says no because she has too much homework.
Later that evening as she is resting, a powerful windstorm is happening. The branches are shaking and tapping hard against the house. As the wind is howling, she can hear someone calling her name. This creeps her out, but she follows the voice to see where it's coming from. Then suddently the lights start flickering then go out. She gets a flashlight, suddenly the front door blows open scaring her more. She closes it, hears a knock. She asks repeatedly who it is, but no one answers. She opens the door and finds another letter. The letter has the same message as before. She locks the door securely and checks to see who is outside. She nervously heads upstairs, and slowly goes into the bathroom. She finds a message on the mirror written in lipstick. The message is a huge heart, with a message saying "Do you??". She can hear a hissing sound and sees a shadowy figure in the shower.
Meggie runs downstairs terrified, opens the door to run away to find help. She bumps into someone and screams, it's just Nick who has stopped by to see her. She is relieved and happy to see him, and tells him someone in her house. She leads Nick to the bathroom, he finds out it was just a pair of wet Long Johns drying. Nick explains the door blew open because the window was open and there was a strong wind. Also he tells her not to be embarrassed, seeing a message on the mirror, because it's easy to freak out in the dark. He says he once thought he saw a Scarecrow coming after him with a hammer, turned out it was just his hungry dog carrying his dish.
Meggie asks him why he came over tonight. He says because he wanted to apologize for what happened that day and how friends acted at school. Meggie says it's all right, but Nick being more conscientious says it isn't all right and they can be real jerks at times. Nick then confirms that he's not the one sending her the letters, but it means she has a secret admirer. She is a little excited when realizing this, she thanks Nick for everything he's done. Nick smiles and says good night and leaves.
Meggie has now calmed down and laughs about what's happened. She thinks about Nick and jokes around smiling and laughing. Then after she washes her face, she hears someone growling. In the reflection of the mirror is a frightening man with a half burnt off face. Meggie screams scared out her skin. This happens just as her parents come in, they can hear her screaming and run upstairs to help her. She turns around but the man is no longer there. Meggie runs into her parents arms crying and explains what happened. Her dad checks it out but doesn't find anyone there.
The next day at school, Nick gets a letter addressed to him as "Superstar". He reads the note inside and it says "If you don't stay away from Meggie, I'm going to hurt you Superstar", Nick is frightened and runs off to show Meggie his note. Meggie runs off scared and is freaking out because she realizes her secret admirer might be someone dangerous. Nick gets her to calm down and tells her that the admirer is just a coward who can't personally face them. Also Nick says now that he knows her, it'll take more than a threatening note to keep him away from her. Meggie feels happy and smiles. Realizing he is sincere she kisses him on the cheek and they both smile.
Then Moose and Bucky stop by and joke around saying that, that he won the bet and they never thought he could get Meggie to kiss him. Hearing this Meggie thinks Nick has been playing her just to get a kiss and win a bet. Nick claims he wasn't playing her and they're just goofing around. Meggie doensn't believe him and leaves in a huff feeling mad and offended, Nick runs after her. Nick knocks at her front door and tries to convince her that he wasn't involved with his friends bet of trying to get girls to kiss them.
Meggie is upset and doesn't believe him and asks him to leave. Nick tells her another note has come for her, she opens the door to get it. This note tells her, "Meet me in the woodshop tonight. I'll be waiting. Nick fed up, decides to go for her and ask the guy to leave her alone. She says she just wants Nick to leave her alone too. Nick says he wants to prove how much he likes her by standing up for her, and telling the guy to leave her alone. Her dad asks her if he's bugging her, she says he's just leaving. Nick leaves saying he's going to meet the guy and tell him to leave her alone.
As Meggie and her parents are preparing dinner, her dad points out that Meggie's backpack used to be her mom's backpack and remembers it. Also apparently her mom looked just like her when she was her age and used to also go by the same nickname. Meggie is shocked and now realizes the note she got wasn't for her, but was actually for her mom. She shows her parents the note and they are both shocked and frightened to see it. They claim it must have been stuck in the lining all these past years. Meggie's mom seems really upset now and walks away. She asks her mom what the problem is, but she tells Meggie she wouldn't understand it. Her dad says it's ancient history and doesn't want to talk about, it but Meggie insists on knowing.
As Nick arrives to the woodshop, Her dad explains, that when they were in high school, there was a teenager named Teddy Mars. Teddy Mars was a delinquent, a tough, intimidating bully, a petty thief a vandal and pretty much anything else rotten. He developed a crush on Meggie's mom and began writing her notes. Meggie's mom didn't like Teddy but she didn't tell him and he couldn't take a hint. Then one night he asked her to meet him in the school woodshop. He went instead, Teddy was in the finishing room making a carved wooden heart, for her mom spraying it with lacquer as a finish. Her dad told Teddy she wasn't interested in him. Addressing him as Superstar, Teddy said he didn't believe him and wanted to hear it from her. Then they began to argue and Teddy began to aggressively push him. He didn't want to fight him because he was a violent guy, but finally to defend himself he pushed him back. Teddy tripped and hit his head on the drying lamp, and since lacquer is flammable the woodshop caught fire in one spark and it exploded.Teddy died in the explosion, while her dad just injured his arm.
Meggie then realizes that Teddy thinks she is her mom and the past is happening all over again. She just remembered Nick went to the woodshop and runs off in a panic to save him. Nick in the woodshop is cornered by all sorts of machines and tools going haywire and running by themselves. He dodges them and calls out for Meggie to be left alone. A burnt carved wooden heart appears and Teddy appears telling him that it's payback time and this time Meggie will be his. Nick is lured into the drying room and he's choking on the gas and all the drying lights are turned on nearly suffocating him.
Teddy picks up a crowbar and closes in him preparing to pound him. Also Teddy is willling to just light one spark and blow them both up if he can't have Meggie this time. Meggie arrives and smashes in the window to the woodshop, and then runs in. She calls out to Nick, Teddy is happy to see her and tells her to wait and give him his long awaited answer. Teddy asks her to answer him truthfully and with his burnt face he smiles. He asks her if she feels the same way about him as he feels about her. Meggie tells him straight forward that she doesn't feel the same way about him at all. Getting his long awaited answer, in a fit of rage he smashes the light and the room engulfs in a huge explosion and Nick is thrown back injurying his arm.
She explains he was just a sad person who finally learned the truth and couldn't take it. She explains the truth is something you have to listen to/ She asks Nick if he's been truthful to her all this time. Nick assures he that he has, Meggies smiles and says that now his only problem is his friends are jerks, but she can deal with it. They happily walk off arm in arm. Then in the remains of the blown up drying room, the wooden carved heart is shown slowly burning away to nothing.
Megan smiles and says the end, ending her story. Tucker says it was a good story as Vange and Andy smile. Tucker asks Megan how it really feels to have a secret admirer. Megan reads the note again, a little surprised she says she read it wrong. She says it's for "Megan's Game" and it's not for her. Quinn laughs saying goof! Vange laughs and Quinns asks who really has the secret admirer?
Reading it more carefully she tells Quinn that he does. He smiles feeling full of himself he says he can't say he's surprised. He asks her to read what it says. Megan reads it out, it says "I always wanted to to tell you that you're pretty... yeah pretty much a dork!" all the others laugh when hearing this. Andy teases him telling him he really is one. Quinn is now mad and asks who wrote it.
Vange gets up first, smiles and tells him that would be a secret and leaves followed by Andy, Megan, leaving him confused and frustrated about it.
- Asia Vieira and Daniel DeSanto, Co-Starred in many episodes of the children's show "The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon" as Dudley's human friends, Matt and Sally.
- Andrew Walker who portrayed Bucky, previously appeared in the original series. He first appeared in the episode "The Tale of the Vacant Lot", as Eric.