Lying in her hospital bed, professional dancer Liz Powell has a recurring nightmare where she takes the elevator down to the morgue and is invited in by a severe looking nurse. Her doctor assures her there is nothing wrong with her physically and that she's just overworked and a little tired. The nightmare is very real to her and the doctor suggests that she try to break the pattern to see if she can get them to stop. The next time she has the dream, she travels down to the morgue but the dream goes off as before. She's eventually released from hospital but it's only when she gets to the airport that it all starts to make sense. Written by
Arlene Martel (credited here as Arlene Sax) plays the nurse in the morgue who taunts Liz Powell with the "room for one more," line. In order to make her look more sinister, they used makeup to give her a somewhat demonic look, complete with arched eyebrows. She would later land her most famous role, that of T'Pring, the woman betrothed to Spock in Star Trek: Amok Time (1967). The interesting thing is that a picture of her as the nurse in "Twenty-Two" is almost identical to her appearance in "Amok Time." See more »
When Liz first faces the elevator, a profile shot reveals her hand is by the side of her face, but a front view shows her hand has moved. See more »
Miss Elizabeth Powell, professional dancer. Hospital diagnosis: acute anxiety brought on by overwork and fatigue. Prognosis: with rest and care, she'll probably recover. But the cure to some nightmares is not to be found in known medical journals. You look for it under 'potions for bad dreams' - to be found in the Twilight Zone.
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Twenty-Two is the tale of a woman, in a hospital, who has a reoccurring dream of visiting a morgue downstairs. The plot is by no means new, it references a very, very old story.
Twenty-Two is markedly different from most other Twilight Zone episodes, in part due to the film quality (ironically video tape, used for budgetary reasons). The film quality greatly enhances the story, making the acting & score more surreal which makes the atmosphere even more unsettling. In fact, if not for the film quality (which gives everything an unusual realism), the episode might be utterly unremarkable in the context of the series. Of course, that'd be overlooking the stellar performances by Barbara Nichols and Jonathan "Doctor Smith" Harris with a humorous support by Fredd Wayne.
Even though the viewer is bound to know the ending, as this story has been retold many times in horror anthologies and in television, he is guaranteed to still be unsettled by the presentation.
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