The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 20

Profile in Silver/Button, Button (7 Mar. 1986)

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"Profile in Silver": After preventing the assassination of President Kennedy, a historian from the future faces the consequences of his act. "Button, Button": A couple receives a box with a button -- and an unusual offer.

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lane Smith ...
Prof. Joseph Fitzgerald (segment "Profile in Silver")
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Louis Giambalvo ...
Raymond Livingston (segment "Profile in Silver")
Barbara Baxley ...
Dr. Kate Wange (segment "Profile in Silver")
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Inspector (segment "Profile in Silver") (as Mark Taylor)
Charles Lanyer ...
TV Anchorman (segment "Profile in Silver")
David Sage ...
Professor (segment "Profile in Silver")
Ken Hill ...
Presidential Aide (segment "Profile in Silver")
Huck Liggett ...
Texan (segment "Profile in Silver")
Gerard Bocaccio ...
Student (segment "Profile in Silver")
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"Profile in Silver": After preventing the assassination of President Kennedy, a historian from the future faces the consequences of his act. "Button, Button": A couple receives a box with a button -- and an unusual offer.

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In addition to replacing John Kennedy in this episode, Lane Smith also portrayed Richard Nixon, Kennedy's opponent in the 1960 Presidential election, in TV movie The Final Days (1989) in 1989. See more »

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Arthur Lewis: Hi honey, what're you doing up so late? What's wrong?
Norma Lewis: I wanted to talk to you.
Arthur Lewis: Well great, wait right there, I'll get a beer. So this guy, did he come?
Norma Lewis: He brought the key to unlock the top.
Arthur Lewis: So what's it all about?
Norma Lewis: If we open the top and push the button, somewhere someone who we don't know will die and we will collect $200,000.
Arthur Lewis: You're kidding, that's what he said? Well it must be some kind of joke.
Norma Lewis: He was very serious about it.
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Don't mess with history let it write it's own story, and beware because someone doesn't know you!
18 March 2011 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This TZ episode number 20 from season one featured two pretty decent segments that involve choices dealing with the future and the course of history. And as one can see it's really okay to let history and life live it's own self out.

First segment titled "Profile in Silver" involves the tale of a professor from Harvard who's from the future and he gets to travel to 1963 in Dallas to see the famous ride of President Kennedy, and he is able to prevent his assassination. Only this sets off a crazy and very bad chain of events it's a total rewrite of history. Only this professor of historical time travel knows how to write a historical and patriotic end.

Second segment is strange and uncommon "Button, Button" involves a strapped cash California couple(Brad Davis and Mare Winningham)who are struggling to make ends meet. Yet their luck is about to change for the better or will it come to doom them later? As when a strange mystery man in black shows up at their apartment door with a delivered strange box the deal is like a deal with the devil. If they push a certain button someone they don't know will die and they collect $200,000! Win win or will the luck turn about fair play or a doomed luck of the draw when the box is taken from them and given to someone they don't know! I guess death for everyone is only right! Overall good episode that deals with chance and history.


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