The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 9

Perchance to Dream

11
Aired Unknown Nov 27, 1959 on CBS

Episode Recap

Edward Hall is a man with a cardiac condition. He has sought the aid of Dr. Rathmann, a psychiatrist. He tells the doctor of a dream he's been having about a carnival dancer, Maya. In his dream she leads him into a funhouse and onto a rollercoaster, with the intention of scaring him to death. If he sleeps, he knows he'll return to this dream and die. If he stays awake, the strain will be too much for his already weak heart. He doesn't believe the doctor can help him, so he starts to leave. He realizes that the doctor's receptionist is a dead ringer for Maya. He returns to the doctor's office and jumps out a window. Dr. Rathmann calls the receptionist into his office, and on the couch is Edward. The doctor tells the receptionist that Hall came in, fell asleep on the couch, and then let out a scream and died.
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