Little Boy Lost (The Twilight Zone)
|"Little Boy Lost"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Tommy Lee Wallace|
|Written by||Michael Cassutt|
|Original air date||October 18, 1985|
|List of The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series) episodes|
|“||Carol Shelton, photographer, a modern woman with an age-old problem. She can make the artistic choices of light and shadow, which capture a lifetime of human pain or grandeur on film. But like each of us, she has trouble sometimes choosing which road of life to travel, especially when that road winds deep among the shadows...of The Twilight Zone.||”|
A young photojournalist, Carol, is being pressed to choose between a new job offer and marrying her boyfriend. She meets a boy, Kenny, who, at first, pretends to have been sent by a modeling agency for a shoot. They have such a good time together, but once he realizes that all she's about is the job, he leaves frantically. Carol makes her decision: she's taking the job and dissolving her relationship with her boyfriend.
Suddenly, Kenny starts appearing to her, outside and in her apartment. He becomes so disappointed about her choice to follow her career instead of her relationship. She becomes confused about how he knew where she lived, what happened and why he thinks they can never see each other again. Kenny panics and runs away again.
Carol then sees Kenny the next day in the park and confronts him. Because Kenny wasn't allowed to reveal anything, Carol starts to realize the truth: that he would have been her son if she had followed the other path. He says that he would have been had she just wanted him. She claims she does, but not right now. He says that from now on, because she chose the other path, she may have other children, but she will never have him. The two begin to weep as the boy fades away.
Later, Carol is pacing back and forth on the phone, discussing her new job. She walks past pictures of Kenny and her together. After she hangs up and leaves, the pictures show the same shots but Kenny is missing from all of them.
|“||The song unsung. The wish unfulfilled. Even with the dream in hand, there is the chill of an eternal loss ...fading ...fading. For every choice made, wrong or right, a thousand alternatives denied. When tomorrow calls, sometimes the heart must be denied. For Carol Shelton, there will be other tomorrows, other joys, and yet ...fading ...fading. For one trembling instant, she was given the opportunity to take snapshots of an alternate future. Snapshots forever undeveloped in the darkness...of The Twilight Zone.||”|