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The Twilight Zone original series
Season two
(1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5)
Fall 1960 – Summer 1961
List of The Twilight Zone episodes
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Episodes:

  1. King Nine Will Not Return
  2. The Man in the Bottle
  3. Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room
  4. A Thing About Machines
  5. The Howling Man
  6. The Eye of the Beholder
  7. Nick of Time
  8. The Lateness of the Hour
  9. The Trouble With Templeton
  10. A Most Unusual Camera
  11. The Night of the Meek
  12. Dust
  13. Back There
  14. The Whole Truth
  15. The Invaders
  16. A Penny for Your Thoughts
  17. Twenty Two
  18. The Odyssey of Flight 33
  19. Mr. Dingle, the Strong
  20. Static
  21. The Prime Mover
  22. Long Distance Call
  23. A Hundred Yards Over the Rim
  24. The Rip Van Winkle Caper
  25. The Silence
  26. Shadow Play
  27. The Mind and the Matter
  28. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
  29. The Obsolete Man

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Cast

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Rod Serling's opening narration

"Suspended in time and space for a moment, your introduction to Miss Janet Tyler, who lives in a very private world of darkness, a universe whose dimensions are the size, thickness, length of a swath of bandages that cover her face. In a moment we'll go back into this room and also in a moment we'll look under those bandages, keeping in mind, of course, that we're not to be surprised by what we see, because this isn't just a hospital, and this patient 307 is not just a woman. This happens to be the Twilight Zone, and Miss Janet Tyler, with you, is about to enter it."


Synopsis

Janet Tyler has undergone her eleventh surgery in an attempt to look like everybody else. The details of the surgery are not given, but Tyler is first shown with her head completely bandaged, so her face cannot be seen. She is described as being "not normal" by the nurses and doctor, whose own faces are always in shadows.


The outcome of the operation cannot be known until the bandages are removed. Tyler pleads with the doctor and eventually convinces him to remove the bandages early. After a climactic buildup, the doctor tells her that her face has undergone "no change - no change at all", but the audience is shown that she is beautiful. Through many theatrical and optical tricks, none of the other characters' faces have been shown clearly until that moment.


The doctor, nurses and other people in the hospital are revealed to be horribly deformed in the audience's perspective, with large brows, curled lips, and misshapen, pig-like noses. Distraught by the failure of the operation, Tyler runs through the hospital as the terrible faces of the doctors and nurses are revealed. Large screens throughout the hospital project an image of the State's despotic leader, calling for greater conformity. Eventually, a handsome man afflicted with the same "condition" arrives to take the crying, despondent Tyler into exile to a village of her own kind, where her "ugliness" will not trouble the State. Before the two leave, the man comforts Tyler with the "very, very old saying" that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".


Rod Serling's closing narration

"Now the questions that come to mind. Where is this place and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is, it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lesson to be learned—in The Twilight Zone."


Quotes

  • “Funny – the very first thing I can remember, is another little child screaming when she looked at me.”
  • “There are times I think I’ve lived my whole life inside of a cave, and the wind that blows in through the mouth of the cave smells of ether and disinfectant.”
  • “I want to belong. I want to be like everybody. Please doctor, help me.”
  • “The state isn’t God! It hasn’t the right to penalize people for an accident of birth.”
  • The doctor: “What is the dimensional difference between beauty and something repelling? Why? Why aren’t people allowed to be different?”

Trivia

The beginning of the end credits in the original cut, which is shown on the Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Serling remade this episode for his later series Night Gallery, this time involving a teenage boy who's disfigured and then sent in a spaceship to a planet where the inhabitants look like him.
  • Douglas Heyes cast this episode with his back to the performers, in order to pick the actors who had the most sympathetic voices.
  • The original title for this episode was "The Private World of Darkness." For reasons unknown, the version of this episode which is in syndication bears the original title rather than the correct title, "Eye of the Beholder." In The Twilight Zone's original DVD release the syndicate version was marketed as an "alternate version".
  • Maxine Stuart was supposed to dub in the one line Janet says when she comes out of the bandages, but Donna Douglas ended up doing such a good impression of Stuart's voice that the line was left undubbed.
  • This episode was re-made for the 2002-2003 revival of the series, with Molly Sims cast as Janet.

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References in Other Media

  • This episode was parodied on the April 19th, 1997 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Pamela Anderson (known as Pamela Lee at the time) where Anderson plays a beautiful woman in a world full of pig creatures who think she's hot (except for a female nurse [Molly Shannon] who says that her beauty is considered "ugly" in their world).
  • This episode's famous sequence of the doctors unraveling Janet's bandages to reveal her new face was parodied in two animated sitcoms created by Matt Groening:
    • The Simpsons: In the season eleven episode Pygmoelian, when the plastic surgeon unravels Moe's bandages and Homer whines, "Hurry up! I have to pee!"
    • Futurama: In the season three episode The Cyber House Rules, when Adlai mistakes a blond female patient for Leela after her phaser eye surgery.
  • On the Family Guy episode, Meet the Quagmires, it's revealed that Peter's favorite episode of "The Twilight Zone" was this episode, or as he describes it, "the one where the woman wakes up and the doctors are all pigs".

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Critical Response

“‘The Eye of the Beholder’ … is peculiarly evocative in that it serves as a blueprint for his later script adaptation of Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes, directed by Franklin Schaffner. In ‘Beholder’, the trick is to keep the audience in the dark as long as possible on what the ‘normal’ people actually look like. Ultimately, we discover that the normal people look like very close relatives of Miss Piggy, whereas the ‘freaks’ all look like beautiful movie stars. Our first impulse is to laugh at this nervy, simplistic gimmickry, but gradually an after-effect of terror sweeps across the screen as we realize that the pig-faced ‘normals’ actually consider themselves compassionate in even tolerating the existence of the freaks. We begin to enter their world, their consciousness, their perverted sense of aesthetics. The ‘joke’ is thus not so much on racist bigots, as it is on ‘tolerant’ liberals.” —Andrew Sarris, excerpt from Rod Serling: Viewed from Beyond the Twilight Zone Pierre Boulle (20 February 1912 – 30 January 1994) was a French novelist. ... Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film about an astronaut (Charlton Heston) who finds himself stranded on an Earth-like planet two thousand years in the future. ... Franklin James Schaffner (May 30, 1920 – July 2, 1989) was an American film director. ... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ... Andrew Sarris is a film critic and a leading proponent of the Auteur theory of criticism. ...


References

  • Zicree, Marc Scott. The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition).

External links

  • The Eye of the Beholder at the Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com episode page
  • Eye of the Beholder Review at "The Twilight Zone Project"

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