The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 6

The Eye of the Beholder

5
Aired Unknown Nov 11, 1960 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • Although the faces of every one besides the woman with a bandaged head are kept fairly hidden until the very end of the episode, there are still many scenes prior to the end where you can at least see just enough of another character's face to know that they couldn't possible look the way they do in the final scenes.

    • For someone whose entire head has been bandaged for several weeks, Janet Tyler's curly hair is remarkably unflattened when the bandages are finally removed, and her thick mascara isn't smeared in the least.

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Suspended in time and space for a moment, your introduction to Miss Janet Tyler, who lives in a very private world of darkness, a universe whose dimensions are the size, thickness, length of a swath of bandages that cover her face. In a moment we'll go back into this room and also in a moment we'll look under those bandages, keeping in mind, of course, that we're not to be surprised by what we see, because this isn't just a hospital, and patient 307 is not just a woman. This happens to be the Twilight Zone, and Miss Tyler, with you, is about to enter it.

    • Nurse One: You ever see her face? Patient 307?
      Nurse Two: Indeed I have. If it was mine, I'd bury myself in a grave somewhere.

    • Janet: I want to belong! I want to be like everyone else!

    • Leader: We know now that there must be a single purpose! A single norm! A single approach! A single entity of peoples! A single virtue! A single morality! A single frame of reference! A single philosophy of government! We must cut out all that is different like a cancerous growth! It is essential in this society that we not only have a norm, but that we conform to that norm! Differences weaken us! Variations destroy us! An incredible permissiveness to deviation from this norm is what has ended nations and brought them to their knees! Conformity we must worship and hold sacred! Conformity is the key to survival!

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Now the questions that come to mind. Where is this place and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is, it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lesson to be learned... in The Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • This episode was remade on the 2002 UPN version of The Twilight Zone.

    • The original broadcast version of this episode is included on Image-Entertainment's "More Treasures of The Twilight Zone" DVD.

    • Rod Serling's original title for this episode was "The Private World of Darkness" and it has been shown in syndication with this title. The version on volume 43 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection also bears this title.

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