In bed Phil and Annie discover that as long as they direct their ideas at each other, they could hear each other when they speak out loud, not just when they are thinking. Phil ends up having an existential crisis about his purpose and Annie says she believes there has to be a reason for everything. Annie promises Phil he does have a purpose and asks him to be with her, and believes one day they will see they followed their path.
He apologizes, hitting him over the head with a candlestick, when Phil realizes that he killed the guy. He hears a girl call for her dad, turning around to see a child standing in the doorway. Suddenly, Annie, not in the head but in person of Phil, walks up to receive her daughter to bed. Phil, covered in blood, holds his arms out happiness when he sees her, saying,”Annie, it’s me.”
The couple then shares locations and their names , realizing they are hundreds of miles apart from each other. Annie makes Phil promise because she believes knowing more will destroy what makes their connection romantic, he will not look her up. Before he begins chatting with her 28, phil does not keep his promise for long and a little later looks her up, seeing a photo of her.
He hears voices and traveled across the country for nobody since it was just him now and all along he has killed some man that was random. Then, Annie reenters Phil’s mind and explains that she’s been waiting for this for quite a long time, a future without her husband is best for her and her daughter. She explains that Phil was her escape hatch and they were rescued by him . Phil says she lied to him. Annie replies that she told Phil and that she told him he had a purpose.
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Annie starts to speak, saying she believes she’s in the woods and can hear an owl as he cries. Phil listens until owls can be heard by him in the space and runs in that direction. Finally, Phil bangs on the door and comes across a house. He asks if there are any other houses in the area, the guy who answers . Phil demands to know when he has seen a girl in the area and if he’s hiding anything in his house. Annie telepathically tells Phil that had a beard and a shirt, matching the guy’s description. Phil beats the guy to death.
After spending a couple of days and basically relationship, Phil suggests they meet in person. Annie clams up, saying it is complicated and cuts off their conversation. Phil looks her up on the internet and Annie, who admits it is immediately confronted by him. She says she hasn’t been happy for many years and feels trapped, calling her husband”not a fantastic guy.” Annie has never known someone who gets her like Phil does.
In the series premiere of Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone, lonely bachelor Phil (Jimmi Simpson) finds meaningful human connection when he discovers a telepathic connection to a stranger named Annie (Gillian Jacobs). Their connection quickly sparks a romance, but not everything is as it seems in this fantasy.
Phil is heartbroken, lashing out in anger at Annie the longer she continues to ignore him. He searches for her speech online but can not find it. He begs her to say something to him, let him know this is real, but she continues to stay silent. Phil attempts to get back into the dating game, taking out the barista but the evening goes horribly. During the date, Annie reappears in the mind of Phil, saying she agrees to meet with him and needs him. Annie tells him to meet her in Pilson Bay while Phil makes a scene yelling in excitement and pacing. Phil packs his bags and jumps .
The next morning, Phil tells Annie that he needs to meet her, but Annie says she never meant to get far and then says it is too dangerous and she can not do this.
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Phil goes to a cafe, asking Annie through their telepathic connection if she is ready to find out what he’s seeing or what he’s feeling (wanting to make sure she didn’t notice he was ogling the barista). Annie says she can hear what ideas are directed at her. She then encourages Phil to go ask out the barista, and he does but backs off and says she gives terrible advice. The two continue to chat through their heads, each ordering a pizza to have a telepathic date.
Phil speaks to his therapist about it, who wants to discuss the possibility the voice belonged to Phil and not someone else, it might be a coping mechanism that he used to help him get out of this date. When identity disorder is brought up by the doctor, Annie pops back up in Phil’s head, saying she’s bored. Out of his session, Phil walks with that.
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As he and Annie assert over who to blame for the situation that is perplexing in their heads, phil excuses himself. Then they yell to stop talking — or thinking — at one another.
Peele ends up the episode:”what type of compromise goes into connecting with another human being? Can it be meeting in the middle? Or going all the way to the end of the line? Connection was found by philip Hayes but just with the darkest part of his soul. A region of self he’ll inhabit for the rest of his life. In The Twilight Zone.”
While on the train, Annie tells him that there is a man making her uneasy on her train. With Phil in her head telling her to run she tries to get away from him, but she starts screaming and goes silent. Four hours later, Phil arrives at before they lost link, searching for her at the station Annie had stopped. She is nowhere to be found, although he discovers her glasses.
Jordan Peele formally introduces the episode as the server, saying:”A voice in your head can mean a couple of different things.
Annie starts to panic, attempting to protect her daughter and asking who Phil is. She backing away from Phil and screams, sees her husband. Shoving her daughter a meat cleaver is grabbed by Annie and warns Phil to say away from her. Phil begins to yell that he just saved her life. She denies knowing him saying he broke into her home and attacked her husband, although the police arrive and arrest Phil as he begs Annie to tell them the truth.