Annie starts to talk, saying she thinks she’s in the woods and can hear an owl, as he cries. Phil runs in that direction and listens until he can hear owls. Eventually, 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 if he has seen a woman in the region and if he’s hiding anything in his home. Annie telepathically tells Phil that had a plaid shirt and a beard, matching the guy’s description. Phil beats on the guy to death.
Because it was he hears voices and traveled across the country for nobody him all along and now he has killed some guy that was random. Then, Annie reenters Phil’s mind and explains that she’s been waiting for this for a long time, that a future with no husband is better for her and her daughter. She describes that Phil was her escape hatch and they were saved by him her new life can start because of him. Phil says he was lied to by her. Annie replies that she told him he had a purpose since Phil is taken away, before saying goodbye and that she told Phil what he wanted to hear.
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Annie starts to panic, trying to protect her daughter and asking who Phil is. She yells and sees her husband, backing away from Phil. Shoving her daughter into a room, Annie warns Phil to say away from her and catches a meat cleaver. Phil starts to yell that he 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.
During an unsuccessful date, including Phil pointing out that his date’s hair was curly and not straight like her profile photo (oof), Phil suddenly hears the voice of Annie in his mind who is panicking over them having the ability to communicate through thought. Phil excuses himself to the bathroom as he and Annie assert in their heads over who to blame for the situation. They then yell at one another to quit talking — or thinking — at one another.
Not all is as it seems in this idyllic fantasy, although a romance is quickly sparked by their connection.
After spending a couple of days talking via their minds and essentially relationship, Phil suggests they meet in person. Annie clams up, saying it is complex and dismisses their conversation. Phil looks up her on the internet and he immediately faces Annie, who admits it. She says she hasn’t been happy for years and feels trapped, calling her husband”not a great guy.” Annie has never known.
While on the train, Annie tells him that a guy is making her uncomfortable on her train. She tries to get away from him, with Phil in her head telling her to run, but she eventually starts screaming and goes silent. Four hours later, Phil arrives at before they lost connection, searching desperately for her in the station Annie had stopped. She’s nowhere to be found, although he discovers her glasses that are broken.
Phil is heartbroken, lashing out in anger in Annie the more she continues to ignore him. Her speech is searched for by him online but can’t find it. She continues to stay silent, although he begs her to say something to him, let him know this is real. Phil tries to get back into the game, taking out the barista but the evening goes. In Phil’s mind, Annie reappears during the date, saying she needs him and agrees to meet him. Annie tells him to meet her in Pilson Bay while Phil creates a scene in the restaurant, yelling in excitement and pacing. Phil packs his bags and jumps .
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Phil goes to a cafe, requesting Annie through their telepathic connection if she’s able to find out what he’s seeing or what he’s feeling (wanting to make sure she did not notice that he was ogling the barista). Annie says she can hear what thoughts 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. Both continue to chat through their heads, each ordering a pizza to have a telepathic date.
He apologizes, hitting him over the head with a candlestick to ensure he has done the deed when Phil realizes that he killed the guy. He hears a little girl call for her dad, turning around to see a young child standing in the doorway. Annie, not in the mind but in person of Phil, walks up to get her daughter to bed. Phil, covered in blood, holds out his arms in happiness when he sees her, saying,”Annie, it’s me.”
In bed Phil and Annie find that as long as their thoughts are directed by them in one another, they can hear each other if they talk out loud, not only when they’re thinking. Phil ends up with an existential crisis about his purpose and Annie says that she believes there has to be a reason for everything. Annie believes one day they’ll see they were following their path, and promises.
Phil tells Annie he needs to fulfill her, but Annie says she never intended for it to get far and then says she can’t do this and it is too dangerous.
Phil speaks to his therapist about it, who wants to talk about the possibility the voice belonged to not someone else and Phil, that it may be a mechanism he used to help him get out of the date. When the physician brings up identity disorder, Annie pops up in Phil’s mind, saying she’s bored. Both eventually agree that their therapists suck and think they are only mad, and Phil decides (with Annie’s help) that he doesn’t have to stay and listen to what his therapist is telling him. From his session, Phil walks with that.
After some joking around, Annie admits she was jealous of the barista. The couple shares their names and places . Annie makes Phil promise because she thinks knowing more will ruin what makes their connection romantic, he will not look up her. Phil doesn’t keep his promise for long and looks up her, seeing a photo of her before he starts chatting with her.
Peele ends up the episode:”What kind of compromise goes into connecting with another human being? Can it be meeting in the center? Or going all of the way to the end of the line? Connection was found by philip Hayes but only with the part of his soul. A region of self that he’ll inhabit for the rest of his life. Here, in The Twilight Zone.”