The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 31

The Encounter

Aired Unknown May 01, 1964 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Two men alone in an attic: a young Japanese-American and a seasoned veteran of yesterday's war. It's twenty-odd years since Pearl Harbor, but two ancient opponents are moving into position for a battle in an attic crammed with skeletons--souvenirs, mementos, old uniforms and rusted medals--ghosts from the dim reaches of the past that will lead us into...the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Two men in an attic, locked in mortal embrace. Their common bond and their common enemy: guilt. A disease all too prevalent among men, both in and out of the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • According to the first printing of Marc Scott Zicree's book The Twilight Zone Companion (@1982), this was the last of a series of episodes not originally included in syndication of the series. No clear reason is known. The most likely speculation is that the episode does have some severe anti-Japanese/American sentiments in it. For that reason, the episode have also initially received some letters of protest.

  • Allusions