The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 10

The Trance (26 Nov. 1988)

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A phony trance-channeler gets an unexpected message from the beyond.



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Episode cast overview:
Leonard Randall / Delos of Atlantis
Neil Munro ...
Ted Simonett ...
Hrant Alianak ...
Dr. Greenburg
Jeanne Beker ...
Daphne Blake
Believer #1
Mona Matteo ...
Robin Ward ...
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A phony trance-channeler gets an unexpected message from the beyond.

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26 November 1988 (UK)  »

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Leonard Randall: These are sad times, Miss Blake. All that is mysterious, all that is magic has been leeched away. People who do not see the magic in themselves seek it in someone else. They are so desperate for mystery, for something to believe in, they are willing to accept without question even the most outrageous propositions... For the honor of being treated like sheep, for the distinction of being treated like gullible children they are willing to sacrifice. They would give it all for a scent of magic... ...
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Medium Rare
21 August 2010 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** All too typical psychic con-artist Lenny Randell, Peter Scolari, is just about to hit the big time. Lenny is on the verge of getting his own network TV show to spew his BS about him being possessed by the spirit of Delos the long dead 10,000 year old Atalanta warrior. That's when he's forced to see the light, as well as his lies, by a force beyond his control and from the outer reaches of "Twilight Zone".

Just when things were turning up for Lenny in his Delos act he's suddenly possessed by some spirit that tells those listening to him that all this, his Delos act as well as the entertainment media, is all a crock of you know what that's not only taking people's money who are foolish enough to believe it but also dumbing them down to the point where they can't tell right from wrong. Which is why we get the government that we deserve by electing those power hungry and ignorant lame brains who control our lives.

With Lenny not acting like himself, in conning the public with his Legos act, his panic stricken manager Don, Neil Munron, sends him to get psychiatric help in order to get him back on track. As it turns out Lenny under the control of this foreign entity makes the smug and so sure of himself psychiatrist Dr.Greenburg, Hrant Alianak, look like the patient and him the psychiatrist in bringing up Dr. Greenburg's own hang-ups, that he's been hiding from himself, during the brief psychiatric session!

The final nail in the coffin to Lenny's "psychic" career is his appearance on the much watched Daphne Blake, Jenne Beker, Show where he honestly tells the TV audience, that numbers in the tens of millions, that his entire Legos act was nothing but a con job on the public to get him as well as his manager Don, who by now was about to suffer a nervous breakdown, rich and nothing else at the expense of all you suckers watching!

***SPOILERS*** With his career as a TV & radio psychic con man now in shambles Lenny finally gets to see the one who made all that possible! The disembodied spirit who finally got Lenny to tell the truth for once in his life. As it turned out this was to become a new start for Lenny in knowing the true meaning of life and with that make a far better person out of him from the fake & phony he was in the past. Even it it would take some 20 to 30 years to do it!

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