The twenty-first episode of the first season of The Twilight Zone is one of its finest. Cue Rod Serling’s introduction:
“Millicent Barnes, age twenty-five, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes, not given to undue anxiety or fears, or, for that matter, even the most temporal flights of fancy. Like most career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because, in just a moment, the head on Miss Barnes’ shoulders will be put to a test. Circumstances will assault her sense of reality and a chain of nightmares will put her sanity on a block. Millicent Barnes, who, in one minute, will wonder if she’s going mad.”
Millicent – played by Vera Miles – begins to lose her mind when she catches a glimpse of what she thinks is her doppelgänger, and becomes convinced that her silent double is an otherworldly force set on destroying her. And like all the best Zones, there’s a suitably unnerving twist.
Good night everyone!