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The Eighth Day


On his death bed, an old man promises to return from the grave should his good for nothing son-in-law mistreat his daughter. The son remembers his in-law's vow a little too late.



Air Dates

  • First Run - September 26, 1979
  • Repeat - January 15, 1980





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5 Responses to Episode 1016

So, nature was taking its course all along...

Vicky Hernandez

Given the length of time that Mystery Theater was on the air, I would assume that it was broadcast over shortwave at some time but I have no personal knowledge of that. Regular old AM radio uses frequencies that are subject to all the same "rules" of radio transmission. AM will fade in and out as the "band conditions" change. For instance, Take a good quality AM radio outside at night and cruise the dial. You'll probably notice a lot more stations on the dial after the sun goes down. As different parts of the atmosphere get ionized with the daily rotation of the earth, radio stations can bounce around and reach listeners much further away than the line-of-site distance that happens during the daytime. As those stations fade in and out the volume of the signal will get louder and softer. That's called QSB. (This is an over-simplified explanation. The complete explanation would require a degree in Physics, which I don't have.)


Some bands are more prone to fading than others, too, depending on such things as sunspots and other things that affect the ionosphere. But, what I meant by the noise floor was that, when you pulled the audio level up, the background noise was also brought up, and if it was typical QRN that naturally occurs even without thunderstorms, etc., then you could say it was caused by QSB. I’ve heard some strange effects, especially down below 800kHz.


I found that AM radio stations who were located in the 600 to 900 range had a clearer signal than stations in the 1200, 1300 on the dial.


This was a good episode-loved the ending! I’ve grown to love Evie Juster in part because I think some of her voices are not so well-done, annoying at times. So I like when she does multiple parts in a story. I was in grammar school when these were first run. My two friends and I would listen on our transistor radios in bed each night (my Panasonic Toot-a-Loop!) then talk about the episode the next day. I enjoy now falling asleep to them! Also enjoy the ads when they’ve left them in and the news before or after. Environment, Russia, race relations, sadly at times it seems like we’ve not improved. This episode had the extended music at the end, I don’t remember hearing that before. Joanne


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