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Examination Day/A Message from Charity 

Puritan Charity Payne in the year 1700 and modern teenager Peter Wood, residents of the same Massachusetts town, are psychically connected due to delirium induced by a bacterial infection, and can see the world through each other's eyes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan (segment "Examination Day")
Dickie Jordan (segment "Examination Day")
Elizabeth Norment ...
Ruth Jordan (segment "Examination Day")
Clerk (segment "Examination Day")
Ed Krieger ...
Clerk #1 (segment "Examination Day")
Myrna White ...
Clerk #2 (segment "Examination Day")
Kerry Noonan ...
Gerald Hiken ...
Squire Jonas Hacker (segment "A Message from Charity")
Obadiah Payne (segment "A Message from Charity")
Aunt Beulah (segment "A Message from Charity")
Tom Carter (segment "A Message from Charity")
Ursula Miller (segment "A Message from Charity")
Jack Wells ...
Dr. Maxwell (segment "A Message from Charity")
Mr. Wood (segment "A Message from Charity")


It's in the not-too-distant future in "Examination Day." A young boy is about to take a very important test. His parents are more nervous than he is. The boy tells his parents not to worry because he knows he'll do well. His parents are worried because they fear he may do too well. Written by Good2Go

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1 November 1985 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Henry Slesar had previously seen two of his short stories turn into Twilight Zone episodes, in The Twilight Zone: The Old Man in the Cave (1963) and The Twilight Zone: The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (1964). See more »


Charity refers to 1700 as being the first year of the 18th Century. However, it was the last year of the 17th Century. See more »


Narrator (segment "A Message from Charity"): [closing narration for "A Message from Charity"] He reached out with his mind, searching for some trace of her... but found only silence. Peter Wood was alone...
Peter Wood (segment "A Message from Charity"): [one year later at school, Peter is finishing his talk to his friends] I got to go. I got trig at one. I'll see you later
Narrator (segment "A Message from Charity"): A new year with new friends and a new confidence and, in time, he began to doubt whether it had ever really happened. Until, one day...
Charity Payne (segment "A Message from Charity"): Peter
Peter Wood (segment "A Message from Charity"): Charity.
Charity Payne (segment "A Message from Charity"): Hi. For a minute, please Peter. Only for a minute. But I had to ...
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One of two of my favorites in the new Twilight Zone
3 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

This one and "Her Pilgrim Soul" are two of my favorite episodes in this new version of Twilight Zone. As I mentioned in my comment on the new series, there's something lacking in this new series. Maybe they emphasize too much the lesson that has to be learned. It's a little bit more mawkish and sentimental than Serling's version. However, this episode can be considered as quite sentimental too. I think the appeal is that no matter what they do, the lovers can never unite. I remember I wasn't surprised by the Korean movie "Il Mare" (later remade into "The Lake House". I think it's because I saw this episode first so it ruined the impact of the later film.

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