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
This episode takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana from February 11 to February 12, 1964. See more »
... It's what you've all been waiting for, I believe. Now you can dig deep in the treasury.
Are you feeling - weaker, Father?
At last... a note of hope in your voice, Emily?
Father, why must you always say such miserable, cruel things to me?
I quite agree, Father!
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 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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