The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 3

The Crossing

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 1988 on CBS

Episode Recap

Father Mark is an overworked Catholic priest who is focused on raising the remaining funds to complete a new wing for a children's hospital. His friend, Monsignor Perrault, advises him to take a vacation but Mark insists that the work must be done.

Father Mark starts to see an old station wagon parked outside. Every time Father Mark tries to get close to the car, it leaves then rolls down into a nearby canyon and bursts into flames. No one except Father Mark can see the car or the accident. As the event repeats itself several times, Father Mark recognizes the driver as a young woman from his past who has come back to haunt him.

Father Mark soon remembers that the woman in the mysterious car is a friend of his. She had a car accident in which she died and Father Mark could have saved her but instead, he panicked and ran away. These memories make Father Mark miserable to the point that he cannot give a proper speech at a reunion celebrating the end of the fundraiser. At the end of the reunion, Monsignor Perrault informs Father Mark that he must leave as soon as possible for a vacation as ordered by the bishop.

The next morning, Father Mark has a last encounter with the mysterious car. He decides to face his guilt and walks towards it. He sits in the driver's seat and drives to a certain death. Later at the funeral, a woman in black places a white rose on his coffin and walks away.
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