Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 16

The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (17 Jan. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (original title)

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Saladore 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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Episode complete credited cast:
Salvadore Ross
Gail Kobe ...
Leah Maitland
Mr. Maitland
Old Man
Mr. Halpert
Douglas Lambert ...
Albert (as Doug Lambert)


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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Mr. Halpert: Well, where is it?
Salvadore Ross: What?
Mr. Halpert: This wonderful item that I'm supposed to purchase.
Salvadore Ross: Well you're lookin' at it.
Mr. Halpert: I'm looking at it?
Salvadore Ross: Yeah, it's... it's youth. That's what I wanna sell you.
Mr. Halpert: Youth that comes in bottles?
[pushing him out]
Mr. Halpert: Come on, get out of here.
Salvadore Ross: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Look, I read in the paper that you're 72 years old, right? I'm 26. Now what would you give to be 26 years old again, hmm?
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What Goes Around Comes Around
7 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Don Gordon stars as Salvadore Ross, a troubled young man who has fits of rages, one of which gets him in the hospital with a broken hand. While there, he discovers through a fluke that he has the power to swap anything from himself to another person, and vice versa. Deeply in love with a woman(played by Gail Kobe) who doesn't like him, he decides to change her mind by systematically acquiring wealth, power, and compassion in exchange for youth(then reacquiring it later) only to learn the hard way that what goes around can indeed come back around... Interesting episode isn't entirely plausible in places(the love story mainly) but has good performances and a most ironic ending.

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