The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross 

Salvadore Ross has a unique talent where he can trade physical characteristics with other people and will do anything to get the love of Leah Maitland.

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Salvadore Ross
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Leah Maitland
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Mr. Maitland
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Old Man
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Mr. Halpert
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Salvadore Ross is a volatile mix of violence and frustration. He's not very bright and hasn't made much of himself so far. He is very much in love with Leah Maitland though she has told him she doesn't want to see him anymore. He thinks she won't see him because her father doesn't approve and that they both think she can do better. When he realizes he can actually exchange parts of himself, like his age, with others he sets out on a path to make himself more acceptable to both of them. Written by garykmcd

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17 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Old Man: [lying in the next hospital bed] You do something to your hand?
Salvadore Ross: No. I came here for a good night's sleep. The Waldorf was gettin' on my nerves.
Old Man: I bet it hurts.
Salvadore Ross: Yeah, it hurts.
Old Man: You're still lucky though.
Salvadore Ross: My luck wins prizes.
Old Man: [coughing] No, I mean, I've got this awful congestion in my chest.
Salvadore Ross: Are you grippin' about a cold?
Old Man: At your age, it just might be a cold. But at mine, it could easily turn into pneumonia. You know young man, you could break both legs and an elbow and you'd still be swimming ...
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1964 was a very good year for Don Gordon
29 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Salvadore Ross (Don Gordon) is a jerk and a user. While he says he wants Leah his wife, she and her father know he's NOT good husband material as he's so selfish. When he is rejected, he angrily smashes his hand and breaks it. In the hospital, Ross meets an old guy (J.Patrick O'Malley) who has a bad cough. In passing, the old guy says he'd gladly his cough for young Ross' broken hand. Oddly, the next day, the two wake up to find that this is EXACTLY what happens! What happens next is pretty cool, as Ross uses this new talent to make deals with everyone--making himself rich and seemingly happy in the process.

This is a pretty cool episode and filled with irony. As a result, it's well worth seeing. Also, if you like Gordon (a very good but mostly forgotten actor today), this same year he made what was the very best episode of the original "Outer Limits"--"The Invisibles". 1964 was a very good year for this talented guy.


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