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2 [[caption-width-right:350:''"I know all about you..."'']]
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4->'''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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6Air date: April 29, 1960
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8Helen 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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10->'''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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13!!Nightmare as a Trope:
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15* AntiHero: Markie, while creepy, solemn, harsh, and mouthy, wants to help Helen recover her memory of her past and learn who her mother's killer was.
16* BottleEpisode: This episode takes place entirely in Helen's apartment and the corridor outside of it.
17* CatapultNightmare: Helen after dreaming of the death of her mother.
18* CreepyChild: Markie, with her demanding manner and dead-eyed affect. She's revealed ultimately to have good intentions, but she's still creepy.
19* CreepyChildrenSinging: Helen hears Markie creepily singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" in her mind.
20* DarkAndTroubledPast: Helen saw her mother be killed by a close family friend and suppressed the memory.
21* 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.
22* {{Foreshadowing}}: Peter Selden tells Helen he was the first to find her mother's dead body. Now think, who would be the first person to see a murdered body?
23* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Peter Selden dies trying to kill Helen to get rid of any witnesses of his crime.
24* IgnoredEpiphany: Helen verges on realizing Markie was her when she was younger when she checks Markie's arm for the same burn she has, but her memory suppression keeps her from putting the pieces together.
25* 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 crime many years ago.
26* RepressedMemories: Helen repressed the memory of witnessing Peter Selden murder her mother in her bedroom when she was ten years old.
27* StaircaseTumble: Selden dies falling down the stairs after a struggle with Helen.
28* TookALevelInKindness: Downplayed, as Helen was never mean to begin with, just cold and distant. However, it's worth noting she becomes a lot more open and tender after coming to terms with her past.
29* TroubledButCute: Markie.
30* {{Tuckerization}}: Helen Foley is named after Rod Serling's favorite teacher.
31* WhamLine: Peter Selden mentioning that "Markie" was Helen's childhood nickname.
32* 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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