Jackie Rhoades is a 34 year-old small-time hood who lives in a cheap $4 a night hotel room. He's waiting to hear about his next job but when George shows up telling him that his next job is murder - of a bar owner who doesn't want to pay off his gangster bosses- Jackie begins to have a conversation with his alter ego who appears to him in a mirror. The alter-ego takes him to task for the choices he made in his life - choices that led to crime, prison and broken relationships. He also offers Jacjie an alternative. Written by
The main character's reflection in a mirror has come to life and much of the episode is a confrontation between the character and his reflection - although they made an effort to reverse the image (the reflection wears his watch on the opposite hand and he bites his fingernails with the opposite hand) they forgot to reverse the buttons on his shirt. See more »
This is Mr. Jackie Rhoades, age thirty-four, and where some men leave a mark of their lives as a record of their fragmentary existence on Earth, this man leaves a blot, a dirty, discolored blemish to document a cheap and undistinguished sojourn amongst his betters. What you're about to watch in this room is a strange and mortal combat between a man and himself, for in just a moment, Mr. Jackie Rhoades, whose life has been given over to fighting adversaries, will find his most...
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No real unexpected twist, but exceptional acting...
Joe Mantell practically does a one-man job in this film. Aside from brief appearances by William Gordon (George) at the beginning and end of the episode, it's all Mantell. He plays Jackie Rhoades--a weaselly little pipsqueak who is a loser in every sense of the word. He's been in jail several times and unless he turns his life around, he's heading back--as he's been ordered by George to graduate up from petty crimes to the big time--murder! However, after George leaves, the weirdness occurs--the reflection he sees in the mirror begins arguing with him--telling him he's sick of the way Jackie has destroyed his life!! What follows is a very long monologue between the two men--both of which are Jackie. One is the weak little parasite--the other is the good and decent man residing within who wants to come out to stay. It's all very weird but it's also interesting seeing this interesting battle between Jackie and his conscience...or is it his conscience?! Overall, while there are few twists of the usual "Twilight Zone" touches, this one is notable just for its fine acting. By the way, if you think you may have seen Mantell before, I recognized him as the best friend of the title character in the movie version of MARTY--for which Mantell received a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
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