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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Douglas Lambert ...
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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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1.33 : 1
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Salvadore Ross: How much would you give to be 26 years old again? How much?
[Halpert just looks at him]
Salvadore Ross: Well, come on, how much? Um - a million bucks?
Mr. Halpert: [a little amused] All right, let's say a million dollars.
Salvadore Ross: And what about this pad - you own it?
Mr. Halpert: Yes, I own it.
Salvadore Ross: Do you throw that in as part of the deal?
Mr. Halpert: How do you propose to deliver these years you rave about?
Salvadore Ross: I'm gonna sell you *my* years.
Mr. Halpert: [laughs out loud] All right, I'll tell you what you do. You wrap the years up and mail them to me, huh?
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Murky Script
16 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Muddled entry with some interesting points that unfortunately are too loose to combine well. Thuggish Sal (Gordon) suddenly has power, from who knows where, to swap personal attributes with others. So he embarks on what he thinks is self-improvement in order to be worthy of his more refined girlfriend (Kobe). Trouble is he swaps for compassion, something he sorely lacks, but apparently doesn't swap for more intelligence, which might guide his selections. Maybe that basic quality is something that can't be swapped. But the logic behind his power is never revealed, so we just have to go along with the script. Interestingly, however, the story's moral may be that you don't want to meet up with your own worst side.

Anyway, actor Gordon almost makes the sloppy screenplay work, along with a convincingly stern Taylor as Mr. Maitland. All in all, however, the entry's too muddled to be up to series standards.

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