The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 21

Mirror Image

Aired Unknown Feb 26, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Millicent Barnes finds herself playing cat-and-mouse at a bus depot with a mysterious duplicate that seems intent on taking over her life.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • psycho

    a great psychologic thriller this one truly tests the imagination and logig its self
  • ID theft

    Always one of my favorites! Another one I saw early on and have loved ever since. The two leads are perfectly cast, and the bus-terminal guy is suitably crotchety. It is the quintessential TZ situation: somebody somewhere somehow is stealing your identity and you don't know what you can do about it but there's really nothing to do anyway and your time is already almost up...
  • Really cool episode.

    "Mirror Image" was actually one of the very first episodes I ever saw of The Twilight Zone. It was one of the episodes that helped get me hooked on the show. I personally really liked this episode. I don't think it gets the recognition it deserves. It may not be one of the classics, but it's still a wonderful episode. I think it's really awesome that Rod Serling based this episode on a personal experience. It would be pretty terrifying to have something like this happen to you. This episode has a really good story line and is underrated. It's one of my favorite episodes.moreless
Joe Hamilton (II)

Joe Hamilton (II)

Ticket Agent

Guest Star

Naomi Stevens

Naomi Stevens

Bathroom Attendant

Guest Star

Terese Lyon

Terese Lyon

Old Woman

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (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.

  • NOTES (2)