Deranged Peter (superbly essayed with startling intensity by Timothy Bottoms) relentlessly stalks and terrorizes Teresa (a strong and sympathetic performance by Kelly Lynch), a lovely young lady Peter believes is his ex-wife Melissa. Peter frightens Teresa out of her wits by playing a series of cruel jokes on her. Director Colin Bucksey, working from a nasty, yet crafty and gripping script by William Gray and Robert Reneau, does an expert job of creating a profoundly edgy and unsettling atmosphere that gets more increasingly mean and disturbing as the sick story unfolds (a vicious set piece with Peter taping Teresa to another man at gunpoint in particular is positively nerve-wracking). Bottoms and Lynch both do sterling work in the lead roles; they receive fine support from Jeff McCracken as Teresa's smitten co-worker Allen and Michael Emil as wannabe helpful psychiatrist Dr. Latimer. Moreover, this episode's pronounced emphasis on sadistic humor and psychological torture gives the proceedings an extra scary and unnerving sting. The surprise ending is a real pip. Thomas Burstyn's slick'n'shadowy cinematography and the rattling score by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy further enhance the considerable skin-crawling suspense. One of this show's single most warped and hence incredibly harrowing half hours.
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