Janet Tyler is in hospital having undergone treatment to make her look normal. It's her 11th trip to the hospital for treatment and she is desperate to look like everyone else. Some of her earliest childhood memories are of people looking away, horrified by her appearance. Her bandages will soon come off and she can only hope that this, her last treatment, will have done the trick. If not, her doctor has told she will be segregated with a colony of similar looking people. All that to say that truth is truly in the eye of the beholder. Written by
The title is from the 1878 novel 'Molly Bawn' by 'Margaret Wolfe Hungerford': "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". See more »
Before the post operation surgery is revealed, one of the doctor's faces, even though still in the shadows, is noticeable. See more »
Now there're questions that come to mind. Where is this place, and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is, it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true. Beauty *is* in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence. On this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lesson ...
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Donna Douglas plays a freak who is about to be operated on to make her less hideous. Everyone at the hospital is shocked at how ugly she is but there is some hope for her--providing the operation is a success.
This episode is considered a classic and years ago it was the one representative episode from THE TWILIGHT ZONE featured during a history of television show a couple decades ago. While it is a pretty good episode, the way in which it was constructed and shot didn't work perfectly because the show was forced into a half hour format. Had the show used a format like Serling's later NIGHT GALLERY series, then it could have been better as almost everyone in the audience knows what the "surprise" will be at the end because they secret is easy to guess after a while. Shorter definitely would have been sweeter, though I am not saying NIGHT GALLERY was a better series--it just allowed for episodes of varying length (some as short as five minutes).
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