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.

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  • 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...
  • Doubles

    This is another one of the really best episodes of the show. Some say it's underrated and it's slightly true it is, thought the spirit of this story can be felt in some other works that have echoed this concept one of them of course is in some of the piot episode of "Sliders".

    Anyway the theme of this episode is the limitations of our grasp and perception of reality and the common fear of the unknown. The protagonist of course seems to be a boringly ordinary person but then her persections are chalanged as she claims that there is a double of her.

    What makes this episode spooky is from what we don't see and what is unexplained. Things always seem to be happening mainly when the protagoinst is not looking or when she looks for a brief time and sees her double supposedly. But as I said before what makes the episode more creepy is what is not explained, why is this happening to her, if there really are doubles why are they playing tricks on the protagonists and what the heck are they even doing in the first place?

    As we see there is a dynamic in the episode between both the female protagoinst and the guy helping her. Just like her the guy also seems to be a boringly regular person grounded in reality. We find our beliefs being chalanged in this episode, from the womans frantic convictions in her viewpoints and fruitless attempts at proving them true just like the guy we begin to wonder if she's crazy ourselves but at the same time we can't completely dismiss her assumptions because most of them we've seen if not clearly for ourselves pieces of phenomina actually happen, most of them we can't break down into simple logic.

    This sort of reminds me of a lot of unexplained phinomina in the world from UFO's, Ghosts, Monsters, you name it that have always been said to be real but never fully proven. All of those things are very strange and hard to fully believe and yet we can't dismiss them as fiction due to small but interesting evidance we have seen time and time again.

    In a way this episode just demonstrates how we can't just always cling to everything that's logical, everything that happens in contemporary reality because sometimes there is a lot more that is happening outside of it the kind of things were not seeing.

    And it all comes down to an ending I found rather creepy once the male protagonist then sees his double and in a slow zoom out we actually see his double who seems to have this mischievous and rather demented smile.

    There is always more to this world than meets the eye, if something or yours seems displaced, check the corners and the back of walls, remember to look at this world carefully because out of the millions of people and things that happen in the world there just might be someone that looks like you.moreless
  • 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
Martin Milner

Martin Milner

Paul Grinstead

Guest Star

Joe Hamilton

Joe Hamilton

Ticket Agent

Guest Star

Naomi Stevens

Naomi Stevens

Bathroom Attendant

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.

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