The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson 

Unstable housewife Becka Paulson accidentally shoots herself in the head, survives and suddenly becomes more intelligent. And strangely, a photo is talking to her.



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Episode cast overview:
Preston Maybank ...
Actor (as Russell B. Porter)
Actress (as Carla White)
Johanna Osborne ...
Cashier (as Jo-Ann MacDonald)
David Glyn-Jones ...


Becka Paulson lives a boring life in a trailer with her mailman husband Joe. After accidentally shooting herself in the head she begins hearing voices. She has no memory of shooting herself but can see the wound on her forehead. Her husband suggests that she visit the local vet - he's cheaper than seeing a doctor - but he can't help her. Becka soon realizes that she can now now do things she couldn't really do before and that her brain function and intelligence have improved. Her husband is no nicer to her however leading her to extremes. Written by garykmcd

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6 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Based on a short story by the same title, written by Stephen King and first published in 1984. See more »

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What the Heck!
19 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Catherine O'Hara cracks me up. She has a vacuity and a sincerity to her. It came through in the first two "Home Alone" movies as well as in "A Might Wind." In this episode she plays the beleaguered housewife of a postal worker. She lives in a trailer in some desolate spot in the country. She spends her days watching soap operas and carrying on a kind of conversation with the characters. While looking for Christmas decorations she finds what appears to be a 22 caliber pistol. She peer down the barrel, exhorting, "I hope this isn't loaded." At that moment, she falls off the box on which she is standing and shoots herself in the head. She survives and treats it no differently than if she had bumped her head. There is a hole there and her being alive is quite astounding. She also begins to hear voices. She carries on a relationship with a commercial picture on a picture frame. He informs him that her husband is having an affair with a woman he works with. Meanwhile, the injury to her brain seems to have boosted her intelligence (she was a dim bulb). She starts to read and begins to show skill in electric work. She modifies her vacuum cleaner to clean the house on its own. The picture frame guy gives her advice about her sexuality and her lack of commitment. He also continues to mention the woman at work. By the way, just to show how insignificant she is thought of, her husband tells her to have her head looked at by a veterinarian because he only charges nine dollars. When I heard that a Stephen King story was the basis for this episode, it didn't surprise me at all. A very odd addition to the Outer Limits canon.

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