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* SocietyMarchesOn: Even without the knowledge Peter Selden is the killer, his behavior towards Helen is flat out disturbing in a modern lens. Most glaring is that he told her he had a crush on her when she was 11 even when he would've been in his 30s at that point and for some reason keeps a picture of her with him.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: Even without the knowledge Peter Selden is the killer, his behavior towards Helen is flat out disturbing in a modern lens. Most glaring is that he told her he had a crush on her when she was 11 even when he would've been in his 30s at that point and for some reason keeps a picture of her with him.


* LaserGuidedKarma: Peter Selden dies falling down the stairs, a result of trying to kill the only living witness to his murder many years ago.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Peter Selden dies falling down the stairs, a result of trying to kill the daughter of his murder victim, the only living witness to his murder crime many years ago.


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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Month of November, hot chocolate, and a small cameo of a child's face, imperfect only in its solemnity. And these are the improbable ingredients to a human emotion, an emotion, say, like—fear. But in a moment this woman, Helen Foley, will realize fear. She will understand what are the properties of terror. A little girl will lead her by the hand and walk with her into a nightmare.


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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Miss Helen Foley, who has lived in night and who will wake up to morning. Miss Helen Foley, who took a dark spot from the tapestry of her life and rubbed it clean—then stepped back a few paces and got a good look at the Twilight Zone.

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* CreepyChildrenSinging: Helen hears Markie creepily singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" in her mind.


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* RepressedMemories: Helen repressed the memory of witnessing Peter Selden murder her mother in her bedroom when she was ten years old.


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* {{Tuckerization}}: Helen Foley is named after Rod Serling's favorite teacher.

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* BottleEpisode: This episode takes place entirely in Helen's apartment and the corridor outside of it.


Air date: April 22, 1960

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Air date: April 22, 29, 1960

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Air date: April 22, 1960


Helen Foley (Janice Rule) is a schoolteacher with a troubled past. She comes home one afternoon to her apartment and meets a young girl, Markie, sitting on the stairs of her apartment building. Markie is an odd child with a deadly serious manner. More disturbingly for Helen, Markie is strangely knowledgeable about Helen and about Helen's past. Markie demands to know about Helen's past, and about a terrible trauma Helen suffered when she was a child.

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Helen Foley (Janice Rule) is a schoolteacher with a troubled past. She comes home one afternoon to her apartment and meets a young girl, Markie, sitting on the stairs of her apartment building. building. Markie is an odd child with a deadly serious manner. manner. More disturbingly for Helen, Markie is strangely knowledgeable about Helen and about Helen's past. past. Markie demands to know about Helen's past, and about a terrible trauma Helen suffered when she was a child.



* CreepyChild: Markie, with her demanding manner and dead-eyed affect. She's revealed ultimately to have good intentions, but she's still creepy.

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* CreepyChild: Markie, with her demanding manner and dead-eyed affect. She's revealed ultimately to have good intentions, but she's still creepy.


Helen Foley, teacher with a troubled past, meets a young girl, Markie, who is strangely knowledgeable about her and demands to know about her past.

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Helen Foley, teacher Foley (Janice Rule) is a schoolteacher with a troubled past, past. She comes home one afternoon to her apartment and meets a young girl, Markie, who sitting on the stairs of her apartment building. Markie is an odd child with a deadly serious manner. More disturbingly for Helen, Markie is strangely knowledgeable about her Helen and about Helen's past. Markie demands to know about her past.

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* CreepyChild: Markie.

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* CatapultNightmare: Helen after dreaming of the death of her mother.
* CreepyChild: Markie.Markie, with her demanding manner and dead-eyed affect. She's revealed ultimately to have good intentions, but she's still creepy.


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* StaircaseTumble: Selden dies falling down the stairs after a struggle with Helen.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: After years of being subconsciously haunted by the memory of her mother's murder, Helen can finally close the chapter on her past and move on.


* LaserGuidedKarma: Peter Selden dies.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Peter Selden dies.dies falling down the stairs, a result of trying to kill the only living witness to his murder many years ago.


* TookALevelInKindness: Helen was never mean, just cold and distant, but she becomes a lot more open and tender after coming to terms with her past.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Downplayed, as Helen was never mean, mean to begin with, just cold and distant, but distant. However, it's worth noting she becomes a lot more open and tender after coming to terms with her past.


* AntiHero: Markie, while creepy, loud, harsh, and mouthy, wants to help Helen recover her memory of her past and learn who her mother's killer was.

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* AntiHero: Markie, while creepy, loud, solemn, harsh, and mouthy, wants to help Helen recover her memory of her past and learn who her mother's killer was.


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* WhamLine: Peter Selden mentioning that "Markie" was Helen's childhood nickname.
* WhamShot: Peter Selden provides a picture of Helen when she was a little girl. The latter is taken aback to see her childhood self looks ''just like Markie''.

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