Way Out (1961)

Season 1 Episode 10

The Overnight Case

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Jun 16, 1961 on CBS
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The Overnight Case
A woman wakes up one morning in a strange bed; beside her is a stranger. He swears he's her husband Bill Clayton, and her name is Norma. She gets hysterical, says her name is not Norma; she must be having another nightmare, and she starts to pack The Overnight Case, which is always a part of this bad dream. She is taken to a psychiatrist. She meets with Dr. Sandham, but when she sees the man she knows is her husband, he doesn't recognize her. Again, she grabs the overnight case and starts to run. One morning, she finally wakens in her own bed. But the man who says he is her husband is a stranger. She grabs her overnight case to run again, swearing she must still be dreaming. [this "loss of identity" was used in a few Twilight Zone episodes, such as "A World of Difference" (3/11/1960) a year before this "Way Out" episode, and "Person or Persons Unknown" (3/23/1962) broadcast a year after this episode.]moreless

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  • A woman is terrified by her inability to determine the difference between her dreams and her reality.

    I saw this episode when it first aired, in 1961. It haunted me, for decades. A number of years ago, I attempted to research it at the museum of Television and Radio in NY. They had a number of episodes of "Way Out", but unfortunately, not this one. I finally found a synopsis of the story on the internet a few years ago.

    To me, this was one of the most frightening stories that I had ever seen in my entire life. I tend to favor things "psychological", and this story filled the bill, "in spades".

    The concept of a person being unable to separate dreams from reality is, to me, one of the most frightening things imaginable. The episode was well acted, the characters believable. I was very surprised that this episode did not get the accolades that some of the other "Way Out" stories did. I think that if a story can capture a person's (mine) imagination, and affect that person for decades, there is something very, very special about it.moreless

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