Felicity (1998–2002)
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Help for the Lovelorn 

This episode, a tribute to The Twilight Zone, follows Felicity as she tries to heal her broken heart and strange doings at The Clinic.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

J.J. Abrams (created by), Matt Reeves (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Keri Russell ... Felicity Porter
Scott Speedman ... Ben Covington
Amy Jo Johnson ... Julie Emrick
Tangi Miller ... Elena Tyler
Greg Grunberg ... Sean Blumberg (credit only)
Amanda Foreman ... Meghan Rotundi
Scott Foley ... Noel Crane
Dennis Lipscomb ... Doctor
Cynthia Ettinger ... Janice King
Greg Huge Greg Huge ... Ghostly Man (as Gregory Cook)
Lynn Wanlass ... Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Morrissey Michael Morrissey ... Corpse
Scott Alan Smith ... Anesthesiologist
Jeffrey Stubblefield ... Grad Student
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This episode, a tribute to The Twilight Zone, follows Felicity as she tries to heal her broken heart and strange doings at The Clinic.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The director of this episode, Lamont Johnson, directed several episodes of "Thr Twilight Zone" in the 60s. See more »

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Spoofs The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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JJ Pays Homage To The Twilight Zone!
20 March 2018 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

I had never watched a single episode of "Felicity" before this one. I don't plan on watching another (it just isn't my kind of show). That being said, after recently discovering that this episode was an homage to The Twilight Zone from show-creator (and TZ superfan) J.J. Abrams, I had to give it a look. Despite not knowing any of the characters or their respective plot lines, it was still a lot of fun to witness the show and actors capture that TZ atmosphere.

I'm not going to give any sort of plot summary here (to be honest, a lot of the details escape me anyway as I haven't actually watched anything else of the show!), but I do have to say how truly cool it is for Abrams to pay homage to The Twilight Zone in this fashion. I mean, one would never think that a show like "Felicity" would be the right vehicle for this sort of thing, but it all "just works". Clothes, music, atmosphere, camera shots, mystery plot line...it's all in peak TZ form! There's no way that Abrams (at this point in his career) could have had any idea the heights he would later attain, so I very much respect and appreciate his drive and ability to honor his favorites in the "here and now" (1999, in this case).

Digging a little deeper into the episode, it is even directed by Lamont Johnson, who himself directed 8 episodes of the original TZ! This includes the iconic episode "Five Characters In Search of an Exit", which features prominently in "Help For The Lovelorn".

Like I said, this episode itself won't really turn me into a Felicity viewer, but it was extremely fun to see a masterfully creative show runner (in Abrams) pull this out of his magic bag (or mystery box, if you will) of tricks!


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