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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Episode complete credited cast:
Salvadore Ross
Leah Maitland
Mr. Maitland
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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Release Date:

17 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Salvadore Ross was born in 1937. See more »


Leah Maitland: We can't keep seeing each other. I should never have let it gotten started in the first place.
Salvadore Ross: Sure. As long as you're the saintly social worker and I'm one of the crumbs, everything's all right. But as soon as we get too close, why then, you notice I got dirt on my hands.
Leah Maitland: That has nothing to do with it!
Salvadore Ross: And that I don't talk like your old man.
Leah Maitland: Sal, we're just two people who are never going to understand each other.
Salvadore Ross: Baby, with your education, you can come up with a better "Dear John" than that.
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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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