The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 6

Examination Day/A Message from Charity (1 Nov. 1985)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery
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Puritan Charity Payne and 1980's teenager Peter Wood are psychically connected due to delirium induced by a bacterial infection, and can see the world through each others eyes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan (segment "Examination Day")
Dickie Jordan (segment "Examination Day")
Elizabeth Norment ...
Ruth Jordan (segment "Examination Day")
Clerk (segment "Examination Day")
Ed Krieger ...
Clerk #1 (segment "Examination Day")
Myrna White ...
Clerk #2 (segment "Examination Day")
Kerry Noonan ...
Charity Payne (segment "A Message from Charity")
Peter Wood (segment "A Message from Charity") (as Duncan McNeill)
Gerald Hiken ...
Squire Jonas Hacker (segment "A Message from Charity")
Obediah Payne (segment "A Message from Charity")
Vanessa Brown ...
Aunt Beulah (segment "A Message from Charity")
Michael Fox ...
Tom Carter (segment "A Message from Charity")
Ursula Miller (segment "A Message from Charity")
Jack Wells ...
Mr. Wood (segment "A Message from Charity")


It's in the not-too-distant future in "Examination Day." A young boy is about to take a very important test. His parents are more nervous than he is. The boy tells his parents not to worry because he knows he'll do well. His parents are worried because they fear he may do too well. Written by Good2Go

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1 November 1985 (UK)  »

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Jonas Hacker died in 1704. See more »


Charity refers to 1700 as being the first year of the 18th Century. However, it was the last year of the 17th Century. See more »

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Surprisingly good timeslip tale from the Twilight Zone stable
18 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

EXAMINATION DAY is a short and snappy effort based on a story by popular short story writer Henry Slesar. A kid is studying hard for his exams and his parents are really worried about the outcome, although not for the reason you might expect. The execution and acting in this story is poor, but the whole thing hinges on a top class ending which manages to be as crushing as the anti-drug film REQUIEM FOR A DREAM.

A MESSAGE FROM CHARITY is one of the best segments I've yet seen of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. I saw it in two parts, and the extended running time made for a fuller, more satisfying production. It's a straightforward time travel-type storyline in which a young geeky guy from the 1980s finds himself with a psychic connection to a Puritan girl living her life centuries in the past.

Things go swimmingly for a while, but then others find out about the girl's powers and she ends up being accused of witchcraft. The plotting makes great sense actually and the story is fine, with enough of budget to do the historical scenes justice. I also liked the various twists and turns in the narrative. The acting could have been better, but for the most part this is refreshingly decent.

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