This episode is based on a short story by Roald Dahl, the author of such classics as Matilda, Charley and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. I first read this in an anthology in junior high. The story is fraught with suspense, and though it is different than the screenplay, they both play very well. I think that we are drawn into this by our wondering what we would do if a venomous krait were sleeping on our stomach and we couldn't move. Throw in the insensitive adversary who blocks efforts at every turn, who admits to his own evil. He makes the poor man, confined to his bed and sweating profusely, dance to his tune. Instead of doing everything he can to save his "friend," he reacts slowly and makes tortuous comments. He even says things about they way it will change when the man is dead. This is a really good episode, showing that a good story is first and foremost in drawing in the audience.
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