Fear Itself – In Sickness And In Health

Til death do you part, marriage should be a joyous occasion. But that is not the case for Samantha, the blushing bride. In Sickness and In Health tells the story of a young bride’s happiest day until it is tainted by a simple note with a frightening message from an anonymous woman.

Samantha and her soon to be husband Carlos met suddenly, delving into a whirlwind romance and marrying sooner rather than later. Family and friends of Samantha have their reservations about the quick courtship between Carlos and Samantha, including her brother and her bridesmaids.

With the note, Samantha becomes subsequently more nervous and apprehensive about marrying Carlos. However, she puts the note out of her mind and marries Carlos even though her bridesmaids comment about her previous boyfriends’ abuse and sudden disappearances.

Tension and fear consume the new wife, which is increased with Carlos’ ire and hostile attitude toward her bridesmaids. Samantha tries to find the woman who gave the note to the priest, but she is hindered by the old man’s hearing problems. Carlos admits to flirting and leading another woman on when Samantha was away, which is the cause of his anger and his guilty actions.

Samantha admits that the note was not meant for her that it was meant to be given to him before the wedding. Carlos does not care what the note says, which causes Samantha to be relieved and thankful. The note that was meant for Carlos reads, “The person you are marrying is a serial killer.”

The anonymous woman turns out to be Samantha’s brother disguised with a wig and red scarf, the only family she has since her parents died when they were younger. The siblings are serial killers, and Samantha’s old abusive boyfriends did not merely disappear, they were taken care of.

This episode of Fear Itself was a psychological freak out for Samantha. When I first viewed this episode, I believed that Carlos was a murderous psychopath with his hostile attitude and anger towards family and friends. But it was a marvelous ploy of misdirection because the note clearly states “the person” rather than a specific sex. I enjoyed In Sickness and In Health much more than I planned when I read the short summary about the episode.

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~ by nicmarray on December 26, 2009.

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