Wealthy Jason Foster is dying and he invites his greedy heirs to a Mardi Gras party where they must wear the masks he specially had made for them or else be cut off from their inheritance.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jason Foster
Milton Selzer ...
Wilfred Harper
Emily Harper
Paula Harper
Dr. Sam Thorne
Wilfred Harper, Jr.


When his doctor tells him that he could die at any moment, the wealthy Jason Foster gathers his heirs including his daughter Emily Harper, her husband Wilfred and their children Paula and Wilfrid Jr. Jason doesn't think much of any of them and it's clear they can't wait to get their hands on his fortune. It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans and he has one last request - for each of them to wear a carnival mask. Each of the masks is meant to reflect some aspect of their personality - and leave a lasting impression on them. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana from February 11 to February 12, 1964. See more »


Jason Foster: [dying] ... It's what you've all been waiting for, I believe. Now you can dig deep in the treasury.
Emily Harper: Are you feeling - weaker, Father?
Jason Foster: At last... a note of hope in your voice, Emily?
Emily Harper: Father, why must you always say such miserable, cruel things to me?
Wilfred Harper: I quite agree, Father!
Jason Foster: Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you *respond* to love. Emily responds only to what her petty hungers dictate. Wilfred responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He...
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The series' best episode
3 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Masks remains to this day my favorite episode of The Twilight Zone. Sure, there are other great episodes, but to me this tale and all of these characters are completely intriguing.

I thought that there is definitely foreshadowing of the ending throughout the episode, and it makes sense. Also, what makes it great is how chilling it is (in that department it reminds me of The Eye of the Beholder as well). Also, seeing it reminds me of the Goosebumps episode that i used to watch when I was a kid. This is a great episode, and together with Monsters Due on Maple Street it is perhaps the shows finest 30 minutes.

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