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"Sorry, Right Number" is the ninth episode of the fourth season of Tales from the Darkside, airing on CBS on 22 November 1987. The episode was written by Stephen King, and the teleplay was later included in his collection Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

Summary

One night, while the children are arguing about whether or not to watch Ghost Kiss, the gory TV adaptation of her husband Bill's novel, Katie receives a strange phone call in which the person at the other end of the line sobs, "Take... please take... t-t-," before the line goes dead. She at first thinks it's her daughter Polly, away at boarding school, then believes it's her mother, then her sister Dawn; she discovers that none of them were the source of the mysterious call. The incident is quickly forgotten.

Later, she finds her husband slumped in his chair, dead from a heart attack. The story then jumps forward in time to Polly's wedding day, five years to the day of Bill's death. Katie is in Bill's old office when she finds a tape of Ghost Kiss and puts it into the television. She is hysterical with grief over the death of her husband and accidentally dials the old house number. She is startled when it rings and is answered by herself five years previously.

She tries to warn herself of the terrible tragedy that is about to befall her/them but is unable to speak her intended message of "Take him to the hospital! If you want him to live, take him to the hospital!" In her shock, she is only able to get out "Take... please take..." before the line goes dead. It's then that she realizes the truth of what happened that night. The story ends with Katie crying over her lost chance to save her husband and a close-up shot of the ominous looking telephone.

Audiobook

The audiobook version of this story, in the Nightmares and Dreamscapes collection, is read by an unspecified ensemble cast.

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