SEASON 2 EPISODE 36. (58)

"The Lonely Room"
May 31 1960.

** Spoiler Alert **

SYNOPSIS: A diffident 23-year old intellectual named Henri longs to romance his neighbor, the stunning
Therese, but cannot seem to work up the courage to ask her out for a date. When he finally does manage
to do so, he finds that he has been beaten to the punch by his own doppelganger: an exact double with all
the confidence and charm that poor Henri lacks.

COMMENTARY: The doppelganger, literally the "double walker", is an apparitional duplicate or counterpart
of a living person, and it is a concept that had been frequently explored in horror and science fiction. The
doppelganger in this story exists as an extension of Henri's desire, and its presence is not at all ambiguous . . .


For full episode commentary . . . plus cast credits, series production details,
cultural and television history, and much more . . . see John Kenneth Muir's
                  "An Analytical Guide to Television's One Step Beyond":

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