The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Teacher's Aide/Paladin of the Lost Hour 

"Teacher's Aide": A teacher at a tough inner-city school is possessed by a malevolent spirit. "Paladin of the Lost Hour": An old man with a special watch bonds with a tormented veteran.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ms. Peters (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Adam Postil ...
Wizard (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Trojan (segment "Teacher's Aide") (as Miguel Nunez)
Josh Richman ...
Fury (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Fred Morsell ...
Hugh Costin (segment "Teacher's Aide")
12th Grader (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Sarah Partridge ...
Student Teacher (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Richard Brainard ...
Younger Brother (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Susanne Sasson ...
Jennifer (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Al Christy ...
Security Guard (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Noelle Harling ...
Amanda (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Gaspar (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour")
Billy Kinetta (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour")
John Bryant ...
Punk #1 (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour")
Corkey Ford ...
Punk #2 (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour") (as Corky Ford)


"Teacher's Aide": A teacher at a tough inner-city school is possessed by a malevolent spirit. "Paladin of the Lost Hour": An old man with a special watch bonds with a tormented veteran.

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Release Date:

8 November 1985 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harlan Ellison's short story "Paladin of the Lost Hour" won him the 1986 Hugo for Best Novelette. See more »


Gaspar: You show me anyone who'll eat lima beans without being at gunpoint, and I'll show you a pervert!
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References Lost Horizon (1937) See more »

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A possessed teacher transforms students to learn!/And a heartfelt favor of a remembered glimpse!
11 November 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Episode 7 of "The Twilight Zone" from the CBS 1985-1986 season featured two segments and both were pretty good and touching in memory. They were "Teacher's Aide" and "Paladin of the Lost Hour". I will give my take and view on each.

"Teacher's Aide" stared veteran B movie cult actress the sexy Adrienne Barbeau as an inner city high school teacher Miss Peters who teaches English at a school that's run by a tough and nasty group of students that are both thugs and gang members. She desperately wants to make a difference, yet the challenge is tough then something strange happens. Outside the school one day while breaking up a fight on the yard an up above statute of a demon like gargoyle is struck by lighting and upon her looking up at it's eyes they reflect to her and it's like she becomes possessed! Now the discipline and command of respect comes from students, really a neat way to handle things. Overall good story and concept, making all of us wonder what it would be like to have some kind of special powers that we could use at our jobs to make people do what we want them to. Plus it's always great to view Barbeau.

The second segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour" is very emotional, touching, and sentimental. It's the tale of a widowed old man(Danny Kaye) who oddly holds the last hour of his world in a magical timepiece clock, and upon an attempted mugging at a cemetery site he's rescued by a Vietnam vet. As the tale unfolds both become good friends even though different as daylight and dark, as the old man reads books and the ex vet is a night store clerk yet a bonding and warming friendship develops. Each man starts to care and connect with one another as the Vietnam vet reveals a hard and guilty like secret something in the end the old man helps him with! Really a touching and moving story that makes all of us wish we had one more chance to say goodbye or see a loved one one last time.

Overall one of the better episodes of the series that's well done, neat, touching, and memorable.

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