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A group of people have developed a way of communicating by the power of telepathy, including a couple raising their daughter in a world void of speech.
After her parents are killed in a fire, Isle is taken in by the town Sheriff and his wife. She was an experiment along with her parents, and can only communicate by telepathy. With no one knowing this, she is believed to be a mute. A teacher discovers that she is telepathic and experiments by having the whole class think her name. She finally yells out "My name is Ilse." Her telepathic powers now destroyed, she stays with the only family who has ever truly loved her...Read the full recap
This episode is based on the short story "Mute" by Richard Matheson.
Frank Overton is also in "Walking Distance."
Oscar Beregi is also in "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" and "Deaths-Head Revisited."
Percy Helton was also in "Mr. Garrity and the Graves."
Robert Boon is also in "Deaths-Head Revisited."
Ann Jillian is best known for her role in It's A Living.
Narrator: What you're witnessing is the curtain-raiser to a most extraordinary play; to wit, the signing of a pact, the commencement of a project. The play itself will be performed almost entirely offstage. The final scenes are to be enacted a decade hence with a different cast. The main character of these final scenes is Ilse, the daughter of Professor and Mrs. Nielsen, age two. At the moment she lies sleeping in her crib, unaware of the singular drama in which she is to be involved. Ten years from this moment, Ilse Nielsen is to know the desolating terror of living simultaneously in the world--and in the Twilight Zone.
Narrator: It has been noted in a book of proven wisdom that perfect love casteth out fear. While it's unlikely that this observation was meant to include that specific fear which follows the loss of extrasensory perception, the principle remains, as always, beautifully intact. Case in point, that of Ilse Nielsen, former resident of the Twilight Zone.
The story was first published in the Charles Beaumont edited anthology The Fiend in You 1962.