The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 23

The Mind of Simon Foster

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 1989 on CBS

Episode Recap

In a near future where unemployment is at an all-time high, job applications are strictly rationed. The impoverished Simon Foster needs money to pay his landlord while waiting for his next interview. He goes to a pawnbroker and has very little the man is interested in. But the pawnbroker does express interest in one unique thing Foster has: his memories. The man offers an illegal download of a specific memory and will pay top dollar. He will then sell it to wealthy clients looking for a unique experience.

The catch? Foster will lose the memory forever; it's a download, not a copy. He is initially reluctant but after finding a cockroach in his last can of soup that night, he goes back and sells the memory of a childhood birthday.

That gives Foster enough money to pay what the landlord is asking for...but the landlord wants more. Foster has no choice but to go back to the pawnbroker again and sell the memory of his first sexual experience.

Foster continues to sell his memories, then finally gets his interview. But he can't answer the interview questions about where he went to college, or what skills he has - the memories are gone.

A desperate Foster goes back to the pawnbroker and demands his memories back. When the man goes for a gun, Foster grabs it and demands the pawnbroker give him his memories back. The man agrees, but warns there is a dangerous side effect...

At his next interview, Foster is calm and assured. He assures the interviewer he attended several colleges, simultaneously, has several degrees, has been all over the world and remembers hundreds of people and experiences...