No matter what role you cast Telly Savalas in, he comes across as an angry man. And he’s at his best in this episode as the man who has a wife and step-daughter, and is angry at the world mainly because he can’t have children of his own, and because of his step-daughter’s talking doll. Yes, it may seem a strange thing to be cranky at, but once he decides to get rid of the doll in a fit of rage, it seems as though the doll doesn’t want to go – and that it is getting nasty.
The episode does extremely well in building up the tension as it moves along. The denials of daughter and mother that they are perpetrating this increases to the fact that no matter what Erich does to the doll, it just keeps coming back, and it keeps taunting him. Though the ending is perhaps not surprising, the method of it unfolding does come as a surprise, and the final scene suggests that there is more to come if things don’t go the right way.
This is a very watchable episode despite the rage that Savalas exhibits – or perhaps because of it. The Twilight Zone strikes back.
Rating: Got myself crying, talking, sleeping, walking living doll.