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The Deadly Double


An evil twin escapes from mental asylum to hijack her sane sister's life and switch places with her. But can she carry out her role even with her sister's boyfriend as her sister tries to claw her way out of the asylum?



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 24, 1975
  • Repeat - June 21, 1975





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17 Responses to Episode 0244

A woman is tricked by her psychotic twin sister and ends up in an asylum while her sister takes over her identity out in the "real" world. Will she be able to convince anyone of who she really is? An interesting story that moves along nicely (and particularly was relevant for me as I have an identical twin brother!). Genre: Suspense

Bruce H. Well

One of the better episodes - well paced and quite scary at the finale. There's also some subtle humor in some of Max's quips. Clever "Sherlock" like clue picked up by the sheriff. And terrific acting by Marian Seldes playing both sisters, inhabiting both personalities.

Mike in Grand Rapids

Wow, I agree with Mike. Marian Seldes did a brilliant job as Susan and Anita. Suspenseful episode. For awhile there, I thought Anita was going around the bend.


This is the role Marian Seldes was born to play. Campy, vampy, and crazy!

Phillip M.

If you like snotty sniveling overacting then yes Seldes has that nailed.


Marian Seldes was made to play crazy!!!


I agree that it was a great episode and that Marian Seldes did a great job in the two roles. I did find it interesting to write that a doctor would never meet (or ask to meet) a patient's twin sister who the patient was trying to kill.


Okay who would actually go meet their deranged sister who escaped from a mental hospital?

Gina Schackel

Am I the only one who felt like Anita was just as nasty as her sister in her own way? (I hope I have their names right. I think Anita is the "sane" sister and Susan is the "insane" one.) In fact, Anita is even worse because she (supposedly) isn't insane. However, I think she does act like she is about ready to go mad at the drop of a hat and she seems really unstable and very self centered, only thinking about herself and not caring much about her sister. She sticks her sister in an asylum, (and I am not saying her sister didn't need professional treatment), but Anita hates the place so much that she herself feels like she is about to go insane just being there. But it never occurs to her that her poor sister is also miserable there and maybe she would be better off somewhere else. Also, as mentioned above, why was she so stupid to go meet her insane sister in a deserted place? Um...that really was dumb, lol! In any case, I find myself feeling sorry for Susan, who just wanted to be loved and to be as good as her sister. She feels inferior to her sister, partly because of the way she's treated by the world in general. I don't think Susan's sister was very nice to her either. Marian Seldes did a great job playing the roles, especially the insane one. One of her better performances.


Definitely don’t feel bad for Susan. I feel slightly sorry for Anita (she’s still an idiot for foolishly meeting up with her fugitive sister alone).


This is a wonderfully creative plot. If I were writing this I would have played up the romantic temptation on Max's part, that is, he left Anita in the asylum because Susan (pretending to be Anita) responded sexually to him.

Bill King

Five years ago, a budding artist named Anita Gregory found it necessary to place her twin sister Susan in a mental institution. When Susan escapes, she calls on her sister, meets her in a lonely locale, knocks her unconscious, changes clothes and purses and drives away in her car. Anita is found by Sheriff Wiley and taken back to the institution where everyone thinks she is Susan. When Anita warns them that Susan is likely to commit murder, the authorities still won’t listen to her.


Stupid from the start! A woman's homicidal sister escapes from an asylum. The woman agrees to meet her in the middle of the night on a deserted road. She gets knocked out, her car and purse stolen, and her clothes switched. So what does she say to the sherrif who finds her unconscious on the side of the road? "I don't want to be an inconvenience." Come on!!!

Commodore's watch

What I didn't understand is why Max got institutionalized at the end along with Susan. Guess I'll have to give it another listen. :)

70's Child Full of Grace

I took that detail to mean that the hospital gave Max a nice cushy job in exchange for his not publishing his book/expose'.


No clue why Max was institutionalized, but he should have been arrested for what he did to Anita.


Good suspenseful episode. It could have gone several ways, so it kept me interested. I hope that Anita followed through on her threat to sue. That doctor was an idiot!


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