SEASON 3 EPISODE 19. (80)

"The Gift"
January 31 1961.

** Spoiler Alert **

SYNOPSIS: A charlatan palm reader gets the surprise of her life when she has a genuine psychic experience.
While conducting one of her fraudulent sessions, she has a vision that shows her son choking a wealthy client
to death. Can she stop this crime before it is actually committed (?)

COMMENTARY: This story is a favorite cliché of genre television: the charlatan fortune teller who suddenly
develops "real" psychic powers. One Step Beyond's version also includes some of the specific themes that
appear repeatedly in the series: the Cassandra Complex, the comeuppance, and the premonition . . .


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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