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The Twilight Zone: Nightmare as a Child

A teacher has an encounter with herself as a child with an attempt to unlock her memory of witnessing her mother's murder.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x29
Production Number: 173-3635
Airdate: Friday April 29th, 1960

Director: Alvin Ganzer
Writer: Rod Serling



Schoolteacher Helen Foley notices a strange and serious little girl named Markie sitting on the steps of her apartment. This little girl seems to know her and tries jogging her memory about a man she saw earlier that day. The man arrives at Helen's door and Markie leaves though the back door. The man is Peter Selden, who worked for Helen's mother when she was just a child, and claimed to be the first to find her mother after she was murdered. Helen witnessed the murder but has blocked it out of her memory. She mentions Markie, and Selden tells Helen that it was her nickname as a child, then shows her a picture of herself. This makes her realize that she and Markie are one in the same. Selden leaves and Markie reappears. She tells Helen she is indeed Helen and that she is there to help her remember her mother's murder. Selden returns and confesses to the murder, and says he has tracked down the only witness to the crime. Helen manages to run in to the hallway and pushes Selden down the stairs to his death...

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