Twilight Zone (2002)

Season 1 Episode 3

Shades of Guilt

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2002 on UPN
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Shades of Guilt
Matt McGreevy is driving when a black man runs up to his car and begs for help. Matt drives away as a gang falls on the man and beat him to death. When he arrives home, Matt first bleeds from the cuts the dead man suffers, then his skin changes. By the time he gets back home he has transformed into the dead man, a college professor...moreless

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  • A man who misses out the chance to help a man in need is forced to confront his prejudices.

    This episode is about racism and prejedice and is an original, thought provoking story. A man who refuses to pick up a black man turns out to have missed an oppertunity to save a young professors life.Before he knows it, his whole face is changing shape and colour. He has becomes the black man he left to die, and is confronted by the harsh reality of racism.

    It's a thought provoking story about racism in America, and how most people like to pretend it doesn't exist when it so obviously does. It challanges stereotypes and gives food for thought, making it one of the best twilight zone episode of the new series. The two leads are superb, and it's a great story.

    Although I have to admit I would've probably drove off. Not because the guy was black, but because he could've been a psychopath or something. Black, white, asian I wouldn't care. I just wouldn't want to die. In that sense, I don't think the plot worked as well. It would have been betetr for the white guy to see the black man running for his life on the street and assume he was a criminal. The guy asks for help, but the white man pushes him off.

    Other than that, a superb episode.moreless
  • Do unto others as you would like for them to have done unto you.

    This is an episode where the Golden Rule clearly applies, it is a relatively unique episode even among the twilight zone episodes, and deals specifically with prejudice in today's society.

    It leaves a moral impression that few new TZ episodes leave. I personally believe this episode to be one of the best in the 2002 series.
Hill Harper

Hill Harper

John Woodrell

Guest Star

Vincent Ventresca

Vincent Ventresca

Matt McGreevey

Guest Star

Mari Morrow

Mari Morrow

Clare Woodrell

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Host: (opening narration) Portrait of Matthew McGreevey, a man who looks in the mirror and sees a decent, upstanding citizen. But appearances can be deceiving and tonight, Matt's about to get a reality check at the intersection known as The Twilight Zone.

    • McGreevey: John Woodrell came running up to my car asking for help, instead I drove away. That's when it started.
      Thomas Sumner: What started?
      McGreevey: I started changing

    • Mrs. Woodrell: I just have one question I'd like you to answer for me
      McGreevey: Anything
      Mrs. Woodrell: If my husband had been a white man, would you have helped him?

    • Host: (closing narration) The old saying goes "You don't know a man 'til you've walked a mile in his shoes." Matt McGreevey went one better, he got to walk in another man's skin. A simple lesson in compassion, courtesy... of The Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The idea of a man's race magically transforming to force him to sympathize with others has been explored before in the original TZ episode "A Quality of Mercy," as well as in the first segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie.


    • Dog Bites Man
      In the 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow, a man's skin color is magically changed from white to black. In the 1968 movie of the musical, his dog attacks him just as this man's dog does not recognize him and drives him off.

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