The Outer Limits

Fear Itself

Season 4, Ep 12, Aired 4/10/98
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  • Episode Description
  • For as long as he can remember, Bernard Selden (Ayre Gross) has been haunted by a paralyzing fear. It started when he was six, when he set a fire that killed his four-year-old sister and today, at 27, the fear clings to him like a blanket. But, Dr. Adam Pike (Jeffrey Demunn) has hope for a cure. He has diagnosed Bernard's condition and believes that if he can isolate the part of the brain responsible for fear, the amyglada, he can cure him. The series of injections and radiation designed to build a layer of calcium around the amyglada produces stunning results; Bernard's fear recedes. He even starts a relationship with his neighbor Lisa (Tanya Allen). But there are side effects. Now, Bernard can use his brain to make others feel the kind of crippling fear he used to feel. He is still a prisoner of the past, haunted by images of Mr. Wilkes (Alex Diakun), the owner of the foster home where Bernard's sister died. It is a terrible risk, but Bernard knows that if he is to be truly cured, he must go back to the day when the fear began and discover the truth.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Conway

    The Control Voice

  • Sam Egan

  • James Head

  • Benjamin Ratner

    Bianco

  • Alex Diakun

    Mr. Wilkes

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) In a world of terrors there is nothing more fearsome than the unknown. Especially when what is unknown... is ourselves.

    • Control Voice: (Opening Narration) Experience teaches that of all the emotions, fear stands alone in its power to move us or to capture us in its grip... forever.

    Notes (1)

    • Alex Diakun, starring as Mr. Wilkes, is the actor with the most appeareances in Outer Limits episodes. He also stars: "The Second Soul", "Beyond The Veil", "Dead Air", "Tribunal", "Gettysburg", "Alien Shop" and "Time To Time".

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