American Gothic (1995–1996)
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Meet the Beetles 

The bones of one of Trinity's residents are found at the remains of the burned-out Temple home, which now belongs to Lucas. The victim's brother-in-law, Lt. Drey of the State Police (guest ... See full summary »


Michael Nankin




Episode cast overview:
Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck
Paige Turco ... Gail Emory
Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower
Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs
Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple
Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple
Bruce Campbell ... Lt. Drey
Keith Flippen ... Ossie Spichtig
Mark Joy Mark Joy ... Coach Fred Bender
David Lenthall David Lenthall ... Curtis Z. Webb
Christopher Fennell Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)
Selden Smith ... Lydia Constantine
Alex Van ... Deputy Floyd
Derin Altay Derin Altay ... Betty Weller


The bones of one of Trinity's residents are found at the remains of the burned-out Temple home, which now belongs to Lucas. The victim's brother-in-law, Lt. Drey of the State Police (guest star Bruce Campbell), comes to Trinity to investigate, and Selena Coombs is a suspect. Lucas, meanwhile, tempts Caleb with a casket of cash. Written by Billie Rae Bates

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Drama | Horror | Thriller






Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Bug Chamber
8 September 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Caleb is showing Boone his house that was burnt to the ground and his legs stumbles with a skeleton under some timbers of the house. He calls Gail and Dr. Matt and they bring the bones to the coroner. Coach Fred Bender hits on Selena and Lucas interferes. Lucas tells to Selena that Hack Weller is reported missing by his wife. Lucas visits Curtis Z. Webb that identifies the bones as Hack. But the problem is that he played golf with the victim three days ago. When Lucas returns to his office, he meets Hack's brother-in-law Lieutenant Drey of the State Police that has come to Trinity to investigate the case. Drey has learned that Hack had hit on Selena Coombs, who is the sheriff's girlfriend, and he threatens Sheriff Lucas Buck if he is involved in the disappearance of Hack. Drey meets Selena and is seduced by her. Caleb finds a gravestone with his name and he decides to open the grave. Out of the blue, Lucas appears at the grave and tells to Caleb that there is money inside the coffin to rebuild his former family house that now belongs to Lucas. Soon Couch Fred Bender is murdered and also disappears, and Lucas becomes the prime suspect of Lieutenant Drey. Who is killing Selena's fans?

First of all, the previous episode ("Potato Boy") is not included in the DVD Box "American Gothic – The Complete Series". "Meet the Beetles" is a creepy episode with the scary Bug Chamber in the Trinity Museum of natural History. I researched in Internet and found in the that museums indeed use beetle chambers to reduce birds that have tiny and fragile skeletons that might be damaged by chemicals to their skeletal frames for scientific research and education. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Meet the Beetles"

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