The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 6

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

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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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"Examination Day" has no narration, at either the beginning or the end. "A Message from Charity" has no opening narration. 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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One of two of my favorites in the new Twilight Zone
3 April 2008 | by (philippines) – See all my reviews

This one and "Her Pilgrim Soul" are two of my favorite episodes in this new version of Twilight Zone. As I mentioned in my comment on the new series, there's something lacking in this new series. Maybe they emphasize too much the lesson that has to be learned. It's a little bit more mawkish and sentimental than Serling's version. However, this episode can be considered as quite sentimental too. I think the appeal is that no matter what they do, the lovers can never unite. I remember I wasn't surprised by the Korean movie "Il Mare" (later remade into "The Lake House". I think it's because I saw this episode first so it ruined the impact of the later film.

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