Circle of Fear: Season 1, Episode 6

Alter-Ego (27 Oct. 1972)
"Ghost Story" Alter-Ego (original title)

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Bobby is a very bright, but very sickly boy with a particular fondness for chess. As he starts fifth grade, he is delighted to find that his teacher is the very popular Miss Gilden, with ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Winston Essex
Miss Gilden (as Miss Helen Hayes)
Jack Cameron
Molly Cameron (as Collin Wilcox-Horne)
Geoffrey Horne ...
Mr. Harkness
Phyllis Love ...
Joan Howard
Mrs. Dillon
Michael-James Wixted ...
Robert Cameron


Bobby is a very bright, but very sickly boy with a particular fondness for chess. As he starts fifth grade, he is delighted to find that his teacher is the very popular Miss Gilden, with whom he forms a close friendship. Unfortunately, early in the school year, Bobby becomes too sick to go to school. After a short period of time, an alter-ego who looks exactly like Bobby appears and tells him not to worry, he will go to school for Bobby and come home and tell him what he has learned. Unfortunately, the alter ego terrorizes Miss Gilden, ultimately disgracing her and causing her death. As the alter-ego becomes stronger, Bobby becomes weaker until the alter-ego suggests that they play a game of chess to decide who should live as Bobby. With his life as the stakes, Bobby needs to best this evil version of himself. Assistance comes from an unexpected source. Written by dwr246

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Bobby Vs. Bobby
14 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Bobby is a bright child who looks forward to the new school year, as he will have in class his favorite teacher, an older woman named Miss Gilden(played by Helen Hayes) Unfortunately, Bobby develops health problems, and is unable to attend, though in a bizarre development, somehow a lookalike alter-ego of his comes into being, and offers to attend in his place informing him of all teachings. Trouble is that this alter-ego is an evil version, as he hates Miss Gilden and ruins her entire life. Despondent, both Bobbies engage in a final battle of wits, though good Bobby gets aid from an unexpected source... Unsatisfying yarn is initially interesting but goes nowhere ultimately, though Hayes is a delight in strangely written role.

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