Room 2426

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"Room 2426"
The New Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 57
Directed by Richard Bugajski
Written by Paul Chitlik
Jeremy Bertrand Finch
Original air date February 11, 1989
Guest actors

Dean Stockwell: Martin Decker
Brent Carver: Joseph
Peter Boretski: Ostroff

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"The Mind of Simon Foster"
List of The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series) episodes

Room 2426 is the fifty-seventh episode (the twenty-second episode of the third season (1988–89) of the 1985 television series The Twilight Zone.

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In an unknown totalitarian state, a scientist named Martin Decker is locked away in a filthy, rat-infested cell. Soon, guards come to take him to an interrogation room. Hooked up to a myriad of electrodes, Martin is soon shocked in an effort to make him reveal the location of some mysterious notebooks, through which Martin discovered a lethal bioweapon while looking for a way to decrease famine. The "doctor", Ostroff, insists that he must reveal the answer or he'll suffer and never be freed. Martin, after being returned to his cell, is soon joined by another inmate. This new inmate, Joseph, is knocked around by the guards and Martin gives him some of his water. Martin asks Joseph what brought him here. He implies that he knows Martin very well, although they had never met before. He claims that he is there to help Martin escape, through many friends on the outside.

Joseph also claims that using his mind he can transport to anywhere he wants. Martin is very skeptical and initially scoffs at Joseph's claims. Before long, Joseph shows Martin exactly how to transport and they do so. Meanwhile, Ostroff steps up his assault on Martin to discover the whereabouts of the notebooks. Martin bravely keeps the information from being leaked out because he knows that it will only bring mass destruction. Later, Martin still believes that their "trip" was just drug-induced. They try to keep their sanity by playing a "virtual" chess. Joseph finally convinces Martin to try doing the transporting himself.

Before long, Martin passes out and wakes up in a house, finding Joseph there making him a cup of tea. Martin, still skeptical, puts his hand in the tea, burning himself, making certain he's not dreaming. Joseph suddenly becomes concerned about the notebooks, about the necessity of destroying them. Martin suggests that he go get them, but Joseph thinks it's a bad idea because Martin is so well known by the authorities. Martin warily goes along and tells Joseph that they are in a false wall in a university lecture hall. Joseph leaves to get them. Still skeptical, Martin goes for the window, only to find speakers on a wall, blaring the street noise he thought was real. Joseph, however, has gone to Ostroff and it's apparent Joseph was betraying Martin all along. Martin, still using the method Joseph taught him, actually disappears in a brilliant flash of light. Ostroff and Joseph are mystified as to how he escaped. It was just a trick, Joseph tells Ostroff, he couldn't have actually done it. Martin is now in a field with the notebooks, burning them in a campfire...

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