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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Salvadore Ross
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Old Man
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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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The apartment set was previously used in Twilight Zone: A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain (1963). See more »

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Narrator: The Salvadore Ross program for self-improvement. The all-time, sure-fire success course that lets you lick the bully, learn the language, dance the tango, and anything else you want to do- or think you want to do. Money-back guarantee. Offer limited to... the Twilight Zone.
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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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