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At least once during the incidental music to “Meddling Medium” we can hear an homage to the theme music of The Twilight Zone. Submitted by gracep, 11/29/2010.

The rather inappropriate desire Philip expresses for his first cousin seems rather daring, even for today! And this marks the second time we see a quasi-incestuous situation, the first being a nephew-aunt affair (see this comment). Submitted by gracep, 11/29/2010.

This is absolutely one of my favorite episodes. It has both gothic and sci-fi elements and even mild horror. The first half is gothic—the house, the rainstorm, the writing, even the book of poetry—and the second is all sci-fi—the paranormal tamed and rationalized for your reassurance—but it’s still fun! Submitted by gracenote, 13 June 2011.

Anyone familiar with scientific research of the time shouldn’t be surprised at Puharich’s presence here. There was, for a brief time, serious interest in both the science fact and fiction worlds into “Psi” power. The test cards, the Faraday cage and the computer all figured into a serious attempt to ascertain if there was such a thing. This business never quite goes away, there is an excellent Columbo that deals with the related phenomemon of “remote viewing.” Submitted by MikeReese, 12/1/2011.

Addendum: The episode of "Columbo" I mentioned is 'Columbo Goes To The Guillotine", starring Anthony Andrews and Anthony Zerbe, as a sort of James Randi type ...if I said anymore, I'd be giving the story away, and it's a pretty good story. Since I knew a bit about the 'trickery' in the story, my wife, a Columbo fan, shushed me for the whole show! Submitted by MikeReese, 1/4/2017

Further info: I suspect the 'Faraday Cage' was a trick to flush out the person who knew enough about electricity to ... I won't spoil it, but I think that there was some theory of telepathy that at one time was given thought, that it was some form of actual electromagnetic transmission - so the cage was a way of blocking any 'interference' that might cross between the two people in the cage. The plot twist is that it wasn't used in the first two tests ... and anyone familiar with the science fiction world probably recalls the 'Telzey' stories of James Schmitz, or Robert Silverberg's 'More Than Human'. edited and added by MikeReese, 12/24/2015.

It's amazing to anyone today that it was perfectly acceptable for a man 'after a drunken rage' to take a 'fast drive'. No one turned a hair when that was said. Submitted by Rickapolis 05/02/2012

Instead of showing the scheduled episodes 129 and 130 today, Hallmark Movie Channel showed episode 1, Perry Mason Returns, of the two-hour modern PM series. Apparently HMC did not notify FIOS TV, which gave program info for the original shows. Submitted by MikeM, 1/28/2013

Hallmark Movie Channel is showing this episode as the first of a Saturday PM marathon today. Submitted by MikeM, 2/16/2013.

Is it me or are there some music/theme clips from The Addams Family in this episode ? Submitted by HamBurger, 10/12/2014

+ Unlikely, since The Addams Family didn't premiere until three years later unless it was stock music which is also unlikely since The Addams Family wasn't produced by CBS. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 1/14/15.

+ It's not The Addams Family tune, but it does feature a harpsichord, giving it a similar sound. JohnK, 12 October 2015

Poetry Sells: Philip Paisley had a best seller of poetry, supposedly from a dead man. Too bad he was killed. He might have given some tips to Ben Nicholson, publisher of The Pleides, the poetry magazine seen in episode 108 TCOT Envious Editor. Submitted by H. Mason 11/12/14

Thinking Inside the Box(es) Claustrophobes beware: practically the entire episode takes place in one of a number of crowded rooms (a living room, Perry's Office, The Courtroom, a lab); the theme of enclosure even extends to the MO of the murder (an elevator) and the denouement (Farady Cage). Submitted by Notcom, 122815.

"An Abundance of Ham." What is it about a supposedly "gothic" setting that pushes actors into unrestrained histrionics? Sonya Wilde had turned in a decent performance in "TCOT Violent Vest" (Episode 119), but she's way over-the-top here as the possibly ESP-endowed Bonnie Craig. And James Forrest, with rolling eyes and outlandish facial expressions, seems to have graduated summa cum laude from the Robert H. Harris Acting Academy. Toss in the reliably over-emotive Virginia Field for good measure and we are provided with an abundance of ham. Submitted by BobH, 3 March 2017.

Lea Marmer (Princess Charlotte) bears a startling resemblance to Maureen Stapleton in some shots. This episode may set a record for the least amount of courtroom time - can't amount to much more than 4 to 5 minutes. The telepathy angle was very trendy then. Even the military was spending millions testing the possibilities of ESP. Surprise! - nothing came of it. DODay 10/03/17