Fear Itself (The Outer Limits)

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"Fear Itself"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 12
Directed by James Head
Written by Sam Egan
Original air date April 10, 1998
Guest actors
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"Fear Itself" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast on April 10, 1998, during the fourth season.

Opening narration[edit]

Experience teaches that of all the emotions, fear stands alone in its power to move us or to capture us in its grip...forever.


For as long as he can remember, Bernard Selden (Arye Gross) has been haunted by a paralyzing fear. It started when he was 6, when he set a fire that killed his four-year-old sister and today, at 27, the fear clings to him like a blanket. But, Dr. Adam Pike (Jeffrey Demunn) has hope for a cure. He has diagnosed Bernard's condition and believes that if he can isolate the part of the brain responsible for fear, the amygdala, he can cure him. The series of injections and radiation designed to build a layer of calcium around the amygdala produces stunning results: Bernard's fear recedes. He even starts a relationship with his neighbor Lisa (Tanya Allen). But there are side effects. Now, Bernard can use his brain to make others feel the kind of crippling fear he used to feel. He is still a prisoner of the past, haunted by images of Mr. Wilkes (Alex Diakun), the owner of the foster home where Bernard's sister died. It is a terrible risk, but Bernard knows that if he is to be truly cured, he must go back to the day when the fear began and discover the truth. The truth being that he didn't kill his sister, Father Claridge did.

Closing narration[edit]

In a world of terrors there is nothing more fearsome than the unknown. Especially when what is unknown...is ourselves.

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