The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 3

Shades of Guilt (25 Sep. 2002)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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A black man begs Matt McGreevy for a ride in his car since he is being pursued by someone, but Matt refuses and drives on, and sees him being attacked by a gang behind him. That night, Matt... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
John Woodrell
Matt McGreevey
Clare Woodrell
Hilary McGreevey
Thomas Sumner
Camyar Chai ...
Dr. Lisker (as Cam Chai)
J.B. Bivens ...
David Hurtubise ...
Desk Clerk (as Dave Hurtubise)
Frederick Pleasure II ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Host


A black man begs Matt McGreevy for a ride in his car since he is being pursued by someone, but Matt refuses and drives on, and sees him being attacked by a gang behind him. That night, Matt suffers several wounds he can't explain to his wife, and the next morning appears to have gained a tan overnight and learns that the man, a college professor named John Woodrell, was beaten to death in a hate-crime. His family and friends point out he didn't know who the man was or why he was running, but Matt, defensive about not being racist, still regrets not helping him since he knows why he didn't stop. It may be too late, though, since his skin continues to darken until he's mistaken for a mixed, then an African-American, man, then he looks exactly like the victim... Written by

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25 September 2002 (Canada)  »

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When Matt examines himself in the mirror, and in the brief side-glimpse we catch of his face while he does it, the cut is over his left eye. When his wife treats it in the next scene, though, it's over the right, and when he wears a bandage the next day it's almost in the middle of his forehead though slightly to the left. See more »


References The Twilight Zone: A Quality of Mercy (1961) See more »

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Potentially great but one point kills the whole story!
13 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is about a man who refused to help someone based on the colour of his skin. Well, that's what it is supposed to be about. What it actually does is place someone (who is white) in a situation where a crazy seeming person (who is black) comes running breathless and screaming, banging against the window, even demanding he be allowed to get into the car. Naturally, the car owner drives off (totally startled and afraid) thinking they were about to be carjacked. Skin colour has nothing to do with this.

The episode then moves on to the car owner being turned into a black man and experiencing racism first hand.

This in itself would have made a great episode, the problem I have is that what originally happened WASN'T RACIST! For me, this led to the episode being based on a false premise and destroyed its credibility.

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