The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Mirror Image 

While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life.

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... Narrator (voice)
... Millicent Barnes
... Paul Grinstead
Joseph Hamilton ... Ticket Agent (as Joe Hamilton)
... Washroom Attendant
Therese Lyon ... Old Woman (as Terese Lyon)
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Edwin Rand ... Bus Driver
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Millicent Barnes is waiting in the bus station waiting for her bus to Cortland to arrive. The weather outside is dreadful and the bus is over half an hour late already. When she inquires the station clerk chides her for constantly asking when it will arrive. The only thing is (she thinks) it's the first time she's asked him anything. When she goes to the ladies room the cleaning lady suggests she was just in there, she begins to worry that she's going mad. A good Samaritan, Paul Grinstead, tries to help her out but soon realizes that there may be an explanation for what is happening after all. Written by garykmcd

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26 February 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Rod Serling claimed one of his real-life experiences inspired this story. See more »

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When Martin Milner puts his briefcase down then goes to the water fountain, as he leans in his body covers the briefcase in the background. As he stands up his body reveals the briefcase is gone. He then curiously looks to see it's gone and then sees himself running out the door, but himself is not carrying the briefcase. In the next scene, he is chasing himself but he is still not carrying the briefcase. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Obscure metaphysical explanation to cover a phenomenon, reasons dredged out of the shadows to explain away that which cannot be explained. Call it parallel planes or just insanity. Whatever it is, you find it in the Twilight Zone.
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The fragility of identity
18 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Mirror Image concerns a woman who discovers a double of herself during an overnight stay in a bus station. Is she losing her mind, or does the double actually exist? One of the series' earliest dealings with the question of identity - man's (or woman's) struggle to hold onto it and how it can be attacked by natural or supernatural means. That question of identity would be revisited several times in the series' run. This one is particularly notable for the fact that the protagonist is a woman, and she generally keeps herself from degenerating into hysterics despite the circumstances. That's notable for 1959-1960 television. Very good episode.


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