Janet (Lynn Loring) has inherited her mother’s house after her death in a mental institution, a home that she must share with her aunt Hattie and uncle Jonathon (Geraldine Page and Rip Torn, who were married when this was filmed). She decides to move in and fix up the home so that her family can stay there. But of course, this is an episode of Circle of Fear/Ghost Story and that means that everything is going to wrong quickly.
After all, when Janet’s mother died, she told her, “You’re just like me.”
So when Janet sees the home, she sees what it was and perhaps what it could be instead of the shambling wreck that it has become. So when she’s cradling the family cat, perhaps she’s really giving love and attention to a rat. If you’ve read this site for any time, you may realize that I absolutely love any movie where women slowly go psychotic.
This episode was written by Richard Matheson and Halsted Welles, who also wrote 3:10 to Yuma and plenty of television, including episodes of Suspense and Night Gallery. It was directed by Robert Day, who you may know from his work on movies like the 1966 version of She, several Tarzan movies and The Initiation of Sarah.
You can watch this on YouTube.