Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
(Opening Narration) Narrator: Millicent Barnes, age twenty-five, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes, not given to undue anxiety or fears, or for that matter even the most temporal flights of fancy. Like most young career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because in just a moment the head on Miss Barnes's shoulders will be put to a test. Circumstances will assault her sense of reality and a chain of nightmares will put her sanity on a block. Millicent Barnes, who in one minute will wonder is she's going mad.
(Closing Narration) Narrator: 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.
Rod Serling said that this story was based on a real-life experience that he had.
In the original story, " The Mirror Image", the washroom attendant was actually a woman working at the lunch counter.
Apparently the bathroom attendant is in on the whole duplicate scheme. When Millicent sees herself in the mirror when she opens the ladies room door, the bathroom attendant can see Millicent's duplicate directly just as Millicent can see it reflected. And yet the bathroom attendant never says anything to confirm that Millicent isn't hallucinating.