A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you".


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Mary LaRoche ...
Annabelle Streator (as Mary La Roche)


Erich Streater is upset when his wife comes home with her daughter Christie having bought her yet another doll. Christie loves her new Talking Tina doll but her stepfather takes an immediate dislike to it. Anytime he is alone with the doll, it spouts abusive comments to the effect that it hates him and that it's going to kill him. He's convinced that his wife is behind it all, something she vehemently denies. He tries to get rid of the doll but it always seems to reappear - and also seems intent on following through with its threats. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 November 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The house set was later reused in The Twilight Zone: Ring-A-Ding Girl (1963). See more »


When Eric pulls Tina from the trash can after he agrees to return her to Christie, he unwraps the cord from around her neck twice. See more »


Christie Streator: [Erich takes Tina away, sobbing] Daddy, Daddy!
Erich Streator: I'm NOT your daddy!
[walks out]
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Barbie She Ain't
19 June 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Talking Tina does say the darndest things for a cute little play thing. But then she doesn't know she's messing with Kojak-- tough-talking Telly Savalas as the stepdad. But then stepdad doesn't know this sweet little curly-head was a Demons R' Us purchase from the Twilight Zone. The face-off between one mean stepdad and one infernal doll is an epic one and not without moments of deliciously wry humor. It's not an episode you're likely to forget, perhaps because there's something of a role reversal near the end. Anyhow, some folks might take this as an exercise in abnormal psychology since stepdad does seem to have a problem in, uh, 'relating'. Except for the clumsy final scene, the episode works, and it works well. Charles Beaumont may not have been Serling's artistic equal, but he could come up with some good gimmicky scripts. This is one of them.

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