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"The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson" is an episode of The Outer Limits. It first aired on June 6, 1997, during the third season.


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Opening narration
  • 3 Plot
  • 4 Closing narration
  • 5 Trivia
  • 6 Cast


Becka Paulson accidentally shoots herself in the head while searching her closet for Christmas decorations. The bullet lodges in her brain, and begins to have some strange effects.

Opening narration

Even in the most innocent of minds, there are still secrets best left unrevealed.


In a stroke of luck, the bullet does not kill Becka, but her severe brain damage causes her to begin to hallucinate that the picture of a tuxedoed stranger on top of the TV, who calls himself the "8-by-10 Man" (in the original story, it was a picture of Jesus), is talking to her.

Under the advice of the 8-by-10 Man, Becka eventually decides to kill her worthless husband, and in a bit of "damaged savantry", rigs the television (using instructions from the 8-by-10 Man) to deliver a fatal electrical pulse to whoever touches the knob. Becka, in the end, tricks her husband into touching it, but as he begins to be fatally electrocuted, she finally realizes just what she's done and tries to save him. All she does is alter the circuit by touching him, and the two fall dead, the victims of a tragic quirk of fate.

Closing narration

Perhaps the descent into not a solitary journey after all.


  • The episode is based on the short story The Revelations of Becka Paulson by Stephen King, first published in 1984.
  • The character Becka Paulson is also in the Stephen King novel The Tommyknockers (1987), in which she kills her husband in much the same way. However, in The Tommyknockers Becka Paulson's powers come from a strange alien craft lodged in the ground in the Maine wilderness.
  • This is another of the tiny handful of revival series episodes in which there is no monster and technically no genuinely paranormal element at all. Just madness and medical accident.


Catherine O'Hara ... Becka Paulson
John Diehl ... Joe
Bill Dow ... Doc Fink
Marilyn Norry ... Flo
Steven Weber ... 8x10 Man
Barry Mickelson ... Doctor
Jon Chardiet ... Moss
Preston Maybank ... Hank
Russell Porter ... Actor (as Russell B. Porter)
Carla Boudreau ... Actress (as Carla White)
Johanna Osborne ... Cashier (as Jo-Ann MacDonald)
David Glyn-Jones ... Poker Pal