Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if ... See full summary »
Helen Foley is a school teacher who when arriving home one day meets a little girl, Markie, sitting on the steps just outside her apartment door. Helen invites her in and gives her a cup of hot cocoa. Strangely however, Markie seems to know a great deal about her - that she doesn't like marshmallows in her cocoa or that she has a scar on her elbow. She also knows what Helen did earlier that day including seeing a somewhat familiar man, Peter Selden, behind the wheel of a car. When Selden arrives at her apartment a few moments later he says he worked for her mother but Helen has no memory of what happened to her mother all those years ago. As her memories return however, she finds herself in grave danger. Written by
Acting debut of Morgan Brittany. She was uncredited even though she had several lines near the end as the little girl with the doll. See more »
Helen's scar looks too fresh to be a burn scar acquired in childhood. See more »
Month of November, hot chocolate, and a small cameo of a child's face, imperfect only in its solemnity. And these are the improbable ingredients to a human emotion, an emotion, say, like - fear. But in a moment this woman, Helen Foley, will realize fear. She will understand what are the properties of terror. A little girl will lead her by the hand and walk with her into a nightmare.
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Helen Foley is a strange lady because most of her childhood is missing. She isn't sure why, but she has no recollection of the time up until her mother was murdered. When a child just shows up at her apartment unannounced, she invites the girl in and they begin having a rather bizarre conversation. It's obvious that this is no ordinary kid--she knows details about Helen's life that even Helen isn't aware of--and Helen seems nervous and disturbed by this. A short time later, the child leaves and a man who identifies himself as a friend of the family arrives. At this point, it seemed pretty obvious what was occurring, though Helen kept denying who he and the little girl are.
The story is about suppressed memories of trauma and works very well. I won't say more about it and the symbolic nature of the episode but I do think that towards the end, the writing suffered a bit. In the scene with the two cops talking, they essentially explained exactly what had happened to the audience--even though the audience (unless they are quite dumb) should have surmised this already. This exposition is like telling someone a joke and then explaining the punchline and why it is funny--at that point you've said too much. Aside from this one scene, an excellent and interesting episode.
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