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I remember seeing this episode on TV when I was a kid and it scared the crap out of me. This is actually the first time I’ve seen it since I was young. Admittedly it’s not quite as scary as I remember it, but that image of a girl silently rocking in a rocking chair has haunted me for almost 30 years.
This episode, titled ‘Moving On’, aired on November 2, 1984. It features a Victorian house with secret passageways and a special room that is always locked. Webster manages to make his way into the room and is terrified by what he finds.
Webster is an American situation comedy that premiered on ABC on September 16, 1983, and ran on that network until September 11, 1987, but continued in first-run syndication until 1989. Like NBC’s earlier hit Diff’rent Strokes, it featured a young African American boy adopted by a white family.
The show, set in Chicago, revolves around Webster Long, a seven-year-old black orphan (Emmanuel Lewis) whose biological parents, Travis and Gert Long, were recently killed in a car accident. He is then taken in by retired football star George Papadopoulos (Alex Karras), with whom Travis had played professional football in the 1970s, and his wife Katherine (Susan Clark), an upper crust socialite with no housekeeping skills whatsoever.