Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 31

The Encounter (1 May 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" The Encounter (original title)

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A man, Fenton, is cleaning out his attic when a Japanese gardener, Arthur Takamori, stops by asking if he would like his grass cut. Fenton invites him up for a beer but having served in the... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Arthur Takamori / Taro


A man, Fenton, is cleaning out his attic when a Japanese gardener, Arthur Takamori, stops by asking if he would like his grass cut. Fenton invites him up for a beer but having served in the Pacific during World War II isn't quite sure what to make of his visitor. He has his prejudices but wavers as Arthur says he was born in the USA and is no different than any other American. As they discuss their pasts, it's revealed that both men have lied and are haunted by what happened to them. Written by garykmcd

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1 May 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Taro "Arthur" Takamori says he was 4 years old when the Pearl Harbor attack happened, just like George Takei who plays him. See more »


Fenton: [Taro, intending to go, tries to open the back door of the house, but cannot] I guess you're not supposed to leave yet.
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He Didn't Know What to Do with It!
19 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree that this really is near the bottom of the Serling canon. It's set up nicely, but then falls into a pit of misguided complexity. It's about two men from different poles: a war veteran, played by Neville Brand, and a Japanese American, played by George Takei (Mr. Sulu from Star Trek). Takei comes to take a job mowing lawns and gardening for Brand, who comes across as bigoted and angry. The dynamics of their first few moments has great potential. However, it soon drops into a confusing mess. There is a Japanese Samurai sword that keeps being played with. There is a lot of dialogue around it. It is picked up, put away, picked up, put away. The talk goes on and on. Does the sword have a secret power? I don't know. The men act irrationally. The viewer is hung out to dry over and over. The ending is really dumb. I can't imagine this was ever thought out. They must have been on a real deadline to let this sneak through.

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