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The Outer Limits: If These Walls Could Talk

A worried mother seeks unconventional help, after the police laugh off her claims that a haunted house is the reason for her son's sudden disappearance.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x20
Airdate: Sunday July 30th, 1995

Director: Tibor Takács
Writer: Manny Coto

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Guest Stars
Alberta Watson
As Lynda Tillman
Dwight Schultz
As Leviticus Mitchell
Tom McBeath
As Detective Roth

Co-Guest Stars
Frank C. Turner
As Luther
Garvin Cross
As Officer #1
Gary Jones (1)
As TV Host
Robert Lewis (1)
As Gould
Ryan Reynolds
As Derek Tillman
Elisabeth Rosen
As Nadia Torrance
Molly Parker
As Jennifer
Main Cast
Kevin Conway (1)
voiced The Control Voice


A loud storm rages outside of an old house. The inside is lit by dozens of candles. On a couch, a young couple engages in foreplay when a moaning sound interrupts them. They pause briefly before resuming, and then the moaning comes again. This time it is louder and sounds like a voice. The boy, Derek, gets up to investigate. Disappointed, the girl waits on the couch...

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Episode Quotes
(After a noise interrupts their foreplay.)
Derrick Tillman: I’m just going to take a look around real quick – see if we’re alone.
Nadia Torrance: Well, I’m sure as hell alone!

Control Voice: (opening narration) Ghosts. Haunted houses. Many maintain that such concepts have no place in our computerized twentieth century reality. But until man conquers death, one inimitable question will always linger within the recesses of the human mind: what lies beyond?

(Leviticus Mitchell seeks to debunk the haunted house.)
Leviticus Mitchell: That’s called a draft! You get them in old drafty houses!!
(Suddenly hears a chorus of ethereal voices.)
Leviticus Mitchell: I’ll… need a couple of hours… to gather some equipment.

Leviticus Mitchell: Shall we go?
Lynda Tillman: Do you really think it’s over?
Leviticus Mitchell: I don’t know. We may never know.
Lynda Tillman: I guess it’s just a matter of faith.
Leviticus Mitchell: Just a matter of faith…

Control Voice: (closing narration) What lies beyond? For each of us the answer awaits at the end of life’s journey. Until then, we must live with the ghosts that dwell not in some musty basement, but within the recesses of the human soul.

Episode Goofs
An enzyme is a chemical catalyst that makes other reactions happen much more quickly. By itself it is nowhere near complex enough to confer life on something lifeless.

Warning: The Outer Limits season 1 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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