"You listen to me boy. I know what you're feeling. Believe me I live with the rage everyday of my life. It's part of who we are; it's what we feed on. And one day the world will know your power. But not yet, Caleb. As soon as I'm healed, the hunger that's driving you will disappear and you'll be as you were. And when it's your time, I'll gladly step aside. But I'm not ready to do that yet. And you're not ready to make me."
Sheriff Lucas Buck
Series American Gothic
Season 1, Episode 18
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Air date July 11th, 1996
Writers Shaun Cassidy
Director Lou Antonio
Producers Steve De Jarnatt; David Kemper; Dean Barnes; Edward Ledding; Shaun Cassidy; David Eick; Robert Palm
Starring Gary Cole; Paige Turco; John Mese; Brenda Bakke; Sarah Paulson; Lucas Black; Nick Searcy
Episode guide
"The Buck Stops Here"
"Potato Boy"

"Requiem" is the eighteenth episode of the supernatural drama series American Gothic. It was directed by Lou Antonio with a script written by Shaun Cassidy. It is the final aired episode of the series and was originally broadcast on CBS on Thursday, July 11th, 1996 at 10:00 pm.

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Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Final aired episode of the series.
  • This is the fourth and final episode of American Gothic directed by Lou Antonio. Lou Antonio is also an actor known for playing many roles including Lokai, the half-white/half-black faced alien from the "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" episode of Star Trek.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • Lucas Buck makes reference to the Hardy Boys in this episode. This is a reference to Frank and Joe Hardy, the main characters from The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries TV series, which aired from 1977 to 1979. American Gothic creator Shaun Cassidy played the role of Joe Hardy on the series.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Merlyn Temple: Well, at least you're alive. And since I helped bring you back, you're going to do the same for Caleb.
  • Lucas Buck: Are you suggesting that we had a deal.
  • Merlyn Temple: Yes.
  • Lucas Buck: News to me.
  • Merlyn Temple: Look I don't have time for your games, Lucas. Gail is pregnant with your child.
  • Lucas Buck: So? That's just a little insurance policy, case the boy don't go my way. An heir and a spare.
  • Merlyn Temple: The heir is about to eliminate the competition.


  • Caleb Temple: I smell a ghost.
  • Merlyn Temple: You don't have to be this way. You have a choice.
  • Caleb Temple I think I smell a sermon too.
  • Merlyn Temple: I'm your sister, Caleb. I'm just as big a part of you as Lucas is.
  • Caleb Temple: You are nothing but ashes. I'm tired of your preaching. I'm tired of your white dress and I don't want to see you no more. So why don't you just go somewhere and decompose.
  • Merlyn Temple: Caleb, what are you doing?
  • Caleb Temple: Taking what's mine. And if you just try to stop me, you might die twice.


  • Merlyn Temple: What's happened with my brother?
  • Lucas Buck: Notice a little change have you? Now why don't you help me out of here and I'll explain everything over a cup of java?
  • Merlyn Temple: I want you to die.
  • Lucas Buck: You may get your wish, Merli-ann. But what you seem to have forgotten is that Caleb will just pick up the sword. If he hasn't already.
  • Merlyn Temple: His behaviour is changing.
  • Lucas Buck: And I'm only sick. Imagine how charming he'll be after I suffocate. Get me out Merli. I get healthy and Caleb will turn around. But if I die, you'll see a monster in that child like you've never known before.

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