WARNING: If you don't want to know what happens in this episode, don't read this photo recap.
In 1983, Linda and Jerry Platt threw their youngest daughter, Heather, a party for her sixth birthday. Heather's Aunt Robin brought a special handmade doll, whom she called Suzy Doll. How Heather was not terrified upon seeing this doll, as we were, just means she's braver than we are.
That night, Linda was awakened by a noise that sounded like an animal growling. She woke Jerry, who got up and looked out the window to investigate. Linda saw what looked like a shadow coming up the street toward them. The shadow enveloped the streetlights in darkness as it got closer until, finally, it was gone.
The next morning, Heather sat Suzy Doll on the couch so she could eat her morning cereal. She went to the kitchen to get a glass of milk from her mom, but when she came back to her cereal, Suzy Doll was sitting on the rocking chair across the room. In Heather's young mind, it was believable that Suzy Doll had walked over to the chair and sat down on her own. Heather decided it would be their little secret ... after all, didn't all best friends have secrets?
One morning, while Jerry was at work, Linda heard noises from another part of the house. She couldn't tell if the girls were playing a joke on her or if there might have even been an intruder. She investigated ... and discovered a kitchen that looked as though it had been turned over. None of the three girls would admit to doing it.
When Jerry woke up later that day, he was greeted by the sound of the television not tuned to a channel. When he got to the living room, he found the very heavy furniture all piled on top of the coffee table like a child playing with toys. Heather was just sitting in the rocking chair with Suzy Doll, transfixed by the television that was tuned to static.
Late one night, Heather's sister Lisa woke to the sound of children playing outside. Her sister Laura woke as well, and Lisa begged her to investigate. Laura didn't see anything outside, but they could still hear the kids playing. When she woke up the next morning, Lisa had handfuls of her own hair between her fingers. She ran to Linda, who discovered that Lisa had a patch of hairless skin in the shape of a perfect circle on the back of her head. Medical tests determined that Lisa's hair had been pulled out of her head, but Lisa knew she hadn’t done it herself.
One afternoon, Lisa wanted to go into her room to get her roller skates but stopped cold when she saw Suzy Doll sitting there. When she asked for her mother's help, the doll disappeared from the room. Lisa heard a noise coming from the bathroom. Upon opening the bathroom door, she saw Suzy Doll sitting on the toilet with its pants down. Just take this image in for a minute.
Jerry was home trying to sleep when he was awakened by noises from the kitchen. The kitchen once again looked as though it had been turned over .. only this time, the chairs had been placed with their two front legs on the kitchen table and the back legs hanging in midair. All doubts that something supernatural was going on were eliminated from Jerry's mind.
The next day, as Linda was sitting down to lunch alone in the house, a sound drew her attention to the hallway, where she saw a single marble rolling toward her. A second marble followed from the kids' room. Convinced there was an intruder, Linda grabbed a makeshift weapon and started to investigate. When she got back to the living room, she was stunned to see the two marbles in the middle of the floor ... and Suzy Doll gone from the rocking chair. When Linda turned around, the clothes that she had intended to fold and put away after lunch were strewn all over the dining room.
Linda and Jerry agreed that there was a problem and tried to protect the girls as best they could. They were financially unable to move, so they had no choice but to stay and fight. When Jerry headed for bed one morning, he was physically assaulted by whatever was in the house. His arm was burning and he had four deep scratches down his upper arm. As if that wasn't enough, two spindles from the bed lifted from the posts and flew at him!
On the suggestion of Jerry's reverend, the family called a local paranormal investigator: Lorraine Warren (played by Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring). She gathered the entire family around the kitchen table, holding hands. As they sat there, a sound like scraping against the wall could be heard. Immediately, a cold wind blew at them. Heather, who had been sound asleep, began screaming for them to get out. When they ran to the bedroom, Heather began swearing at them in a voice that wasn't hers. Lorraine told them to bring in an exorcist.
Father McKenna and another priest came to the Pratt home. He placed everyone at one end of the room and told them not to look behind them. Within seconds of Father McKenna beginning the ritual, the scraping and scratching returned. Linda soon heard the same growl they'd heard in the street months before.
At one point, the priests told the Pratts to leave the apartment, as they needed to finish the ritual alone. The family went downstairs and resumed praying themselves until the horrible sounds finally stopped. The priests eventually left, and the younger priest gave Jerry a look that told him everything would be okay.
Linda knew Suzy had to go. She went up and got the doll, throwing it into the dumpster. When she saw the garbage truck take the bin away, she knew the doll would be gone for good. Heather never owned another doll after that.