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"The Twilight Zone" The Road Less Travelled (1986)

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Original Air Date:
18 December 1986 (Season 2, Episode 7)
Vietnam-era draft dodger Jeff McDowell sees something familiar about a wheelchair-bound man who has appeared in his house unexpectedly. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Cliff De Young ... Jeff McDowell (as Cliff DeYoung)
Margaret Klenck ... Denise McDowell
Jackie Bernstein ... Megan McDowell (as Jaclyn-Rose Lester)
Clare Nono ... Susan
John Zarchen ... Jock
Christopher Brown ... Grunt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Aidman ... Narrator (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
Rod Serling (created by)

George R.R. Martin (written by)

Rockne S. O'Bannon  story consultant

Produced by
Howard Brock .... associate producer
Harvey Frand .... producer
Anthony Lawrence .... supervising producer
Nancy Lawrence .... supervising producer
Hali Paul .... associate producer
Ken Swor .... line producer
Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy 
Cinematography by
Bradford May 
Film Editing by
Greg Wong 
Production Design by
John B. Mansbridge  (as John Mansbridge)
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox  (as Robert Zilliox)
Costume Design by
Robert M. Moore  (as Robert Moore)
Makeup Department
Gloria Montemayor .... hair stylist
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ann Kindberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dawn Easterling .... second assistant director
Bob Roe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jim Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
John Adams .... sound editor
David Cantu .... sound editor
Lowell Harris .... production sound mixer
Mickey Hart .... sound designer
Phillip Seretti .... sound re-recording mixer
Rand Wetherwax .... sound designer (as Rand Weatherwax)
Visual Effects by
Bruno George .... visual effects
Fred Raimondi .... compositor
Casting Department
Gary M. Zuckerbrod .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Grant .... costumer
Bob Moore Jr. .... set costumer
Music Department
Marius Constant .... composer: original theme
Robert Drasnin .... music supervisor
Grateful Dead .... composer: new title theme (as The Grateful Dead)
Merl Saunders .... composer: new title theme
Robert Takagi .... music editor (as Robert Y. Takagi)
Other crew
Cosmas P. Bolger .... post production executive
Bernadette Caulfield .... production coordinator
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor
Orin Kennedy .... location manager
George R.R. Martin .... story editor
Denis McCallion .... location manager
Rockne S. O'Bannon .... story consultant
Rebecca Parr Cioffi .... story editor (as Rebecca Parr)
Martin Pasko .... story editor
Paul Tucker .... production executive
Reid Reilich .... craft service (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rod Serling  creator

Original Music by
J.A.C. Redford (1986)
Cinematography by
Robert E. Collins (3 episodes)
Film Editing by
Howard Brock 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist
Art Department
Carlos Caneca .... carpenter trainee
Sound Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... boom operator
Scott Purdy .... sound re-recording mixer
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
James Cummins .... special effects
Andrew Miller .... special effects
Larry Odien .... special mechanical effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Doug Campbell .... motion control DP cameraman
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Alexander .... key grip
Susan Shaw .... camera trainee
Music Department
Mickey Hart .... special musical effects
Jeff Vaughn .... score mixer
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The one he left behind, 7 September 2011
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

***SPOILERS*** It's when little Magen, Jaclyn-Rose Lester, began seeing this stranger in her bedroom that things started to unravel for her father Jeff McDowell, Cliff De Young, who felt that his past as a Vietnam War era draft-dodger was finally catching up him. Feeling somewhat guilty in what he did by dodging the draft and service for his country Jeff has hidden his skipping out of the country and into Canada to avoid the draft secret from everyone but himself and his wife Danise,Margaret Klenck, who checked out to Canada, even thought she wasn't draft eligible, along with him. But now his past has finally corralled him and Jeff is more terrified of that then he was of being drafted and sent to "Nam".

As we and Jeff soon find out that he was in fact sent to that jungle hell in South-East Asia not on this plane of existence but in a parallel universe. And it was there that the man he left behind, himself, from going there was chopped up in a Viet Cong ambush and left crippled for life. It's that man, Jeff's twin, from a parallel universe who's been trying to get in touch with him through little Megan to show Jeff how things would have turned out if he in fact went to "Nam" as he was supposed to.

****SPOILERS**** As we soon find out Jeff's twin wasn't at all bitter at being the one who ended up crippled for life in a wheelchair from his injuries in Vietnam. He in fact was glad that Jeff indeed fled the country to avoid ending up the way he did. As things turned out it wasn't anything courageous on Jeff's part, he always considered himself to be a coward, at what he did but it was the right thing for him to do. For himself as well as his twin or double in the parallel universe. At least now Jeff's twin can share the same things in life that Jeff has like a loving family and good health that the Vietnam War, in his being crippled by it, denied him. Even if it's billions of miles or a universe away!

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