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This episode 9 from the 1985-86 season of the CBS "New Twilight Zone"
featured two segments "Dead Woman's Shoes" and "Wong's Lost and Found
Emporium". I will give my take on each.
First segment "Dead Woman's Shoes" featured future best actress Oscar winner and "Queen" star Helen Mirren as a poor and timid store clerk who seems hopeless. Then one day when a dead woman's clothing and shoe slippers are returned to the store and upon slipping the shoe heels on it magically transforms not only her attitude but her looks as well! The story takes on an even more interesting turn when she arrives at the dead woman's house to confront her mean and arrogant husband(Jeffrey Tambor) who's a rich and powerful entertainment lawyer. Only the painful and bitter truth will be revealed about the woman's death as these shoes show a very vengeful spirit they will walk all over you! Good segment that's acted well and uses the revenge theme well and just to note this aired on the original "Twilight Zone" as "Dead Man's Shoes".
Second segment seemed interesting at first but turned into somewhat of a yawner. Seeming to be set in San Francisco starting off at an adult bookstore and sex shop a young man stumbles in asking for a store of all apparent lost goods only to find it upon entering the backside warehouse. Finally he finds it's another dimension as everything from everywhere that's been lost turns up no matter if it's people, places, animals, arts, valuables, or anything you just name it. Overall okay episode it was just a little too fairy tale style and it seemed to fall from interest because it didn't have no real suspense.
Really a pretty decent episode that's carried pretty strongly by the first segment while the second is a yawner.
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Mousy, nervy, wallflower (who works in a thrift store) Betty Duncan (Helen Mirren) puts on some "fancy shoes" and takes on the personality of their former owner. Mirren is a marvel, the way she goes from the thrift store bucket of nerves Betty to Susan Montgomery, the swagger, sophistication, confidence, strong-will, class, it's all there. And then, on a dime, Mirren returns to meek and timid Betty, intimidated by her own shadow. She's sensational. Well Susan's death has a reason and we follow her inside Betty's body, provoking her worried husband into action because he thought his business with her was over. Jeffrey Tambor (The Gary Shandling Show) is ideal for the role of lecherous husband, Stephen Montgomery, who is a lawyer, shaken to the core when some mysterious woman calls him claiming to be his dead wife, knowing specific details that startle him. Theresa Saldana is Inez, the maid, who is stunned by the arrival of some woman she's never seen before, Betty walking in as if she owns the place. We learn details about Inez as well, the kind only Susan would have known. When the shoes are taken off, Betty, obviously perplexed, returns, Susan temporarily gone until someone else puts them on. The transition from one character to another is quite a joy to behold, as Mirren proves here that she still had quite a career ahead of her. Seeing Tambor reduced in the presence of Mirren's Susan in their scenes together is quite a treat. Robert Pastorelli (Murphy Brown) has a cameo as some Elvis Presley wannabe who comes on strong to Betty, to little success.
The pair of shoes that once belonged to a woman was sent to a thrift shop after she passed away. Maddie Duncan, or Betty, starts this episode by portraying such a shy and timid woman working at a thrift store and then she changes into such a different woman after she tries a pair of shoes at the store. Dramatically, the pair of shoes returns to the house where it came from like a boomerang. Susan Montgomery's vengeful spirit possesses her and then she finds her husband and retells him the details of his murder. Maddie knew secrets from her maid and her husband that only she would have known. Her pair of shoes even changed the way that she dresses. A pair of shoes did the work on this episode to take care of a murderer
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