The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 23

The Mind of Simon Foster

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 1989 on CBS
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The Mind of Simon Foster
In an impoverished future, Simon Foster goes to a pawnshop to sell some personal items to raise money for rent. The shop owner offers to buy some of his memories. In Simon Foster's life, what could be possibly be valuable?

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  • A jobless man sells his memories to stay alive.

    Although the series had several duds, this episode might be the best episode the series produced. This episode captures what the Twilight Zone is all about a common issue upgraded for the future.

    The issue here is exploitation. Simon Foster is a jobless man who is about to become a homeless man unless he finds a way to make money or at least pay the rent. He meets a mysterious seller at a pawnshop who rips him off from all his valuables.

    The seller offers Simon an opportunity to make more money selling his memories. Simon doesn't have any options (or so we think) so he sells them one by one. Personal memories like the first birthday to first kiss. However, the money isn't that great and when Foster finally gets a big job interview he fails because he can't recollect the information in his now sold memories.

    The shop owner classic example of an exploiter. This guy would sell his whole family if he could benefit financially for it. A great episode showing well the inhumanity of man.

    The ending is hilarious but sad at the same time. Like the narrator says about a person being the sum of his parts and part of those parts is memory.

    It's such a great episode. The actor who plays Simon, Bruce Weltz, is fantastic. This episode just goes on pure acting. There are a couple of scenes that stand out though. The scene where the guy goes to his pitiful home and sees a cockroach swimming in his food. The guy is miserable but still looks on in shock. He has lost everything including his dignity.

    It's such an easy scene to film but they way it's done makes it's stand out along with the amazing acting.

    It's one of the best episodes of the series.moreless

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: The year is nineteen hundred and ninety nine. Within the box, evidence that some things do not change with the passage of time; its contents, the collected debris of a shattered life, now valuable only for the dimes and nickels they can solicit from a third party. A familiar process and a familiar long walk that is about to lead into the unfamiliar terrain of the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Exit: Simon Foster; a patchwork collection of lost dreams held together by the stolen memories of strangers. A man who discovered that we truly are the sum of our parts. Mr. Simon Foster, a very special resident of the Twilight Zone.

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