Teacher's Aide (The New Twilight Zone)

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"Teacher's Aide"
The Twilight Zone episode
Teacher's Aide.jpg
Scene from "Teacher's Aide"
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7a
Directed by B.W.L. Norton
Written by Steven Barnes
Original air date November 8, 1985
Guest actors

Adrienne Barbeau : Miss Peters
Adam Postil : Wizard
Miguel Nunez, Jr. : Trojan
Josh Richman : Fury
Noelle Harling : Amanda
Al Christy : security guard
Susanne Sasson : Jennifer
Richard Brainard : younger brother
Sarah Partridge : student teacher
Brian Robbins : 12th grader
Fred Morsell : Hugh Costin

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"Teacher's Aide" is the first segment of the seventh episode from the first season (1985–86) of the television series The Twilight Zone.

Plot[edit]

Miss Peters is an English teacher at a gang-infested high school where fights between different gangs are the norm. Trying to stop one of these clashes, she is captured by the sight of a gargoyle located on the rooftop of the school’s main entrance that appears to be watching over her. After this incident, Miss Peters start to notice some changes in her behavior. For example, she pins one of the gang members in the classroom against a wall after a small class insubordination and moments later she spots another member of a gang forcing his way into a locker. She violently confronts him, knocking him against the locker several times. Later that night, her dog starts barking at her for no apparent reason which leads her to believe there must be something very wrong with her.

The next day in class one of the gang members, Wizard, starts to play his boom box in the middle of the class and Miss Peters goes insane, crushing the radio with her own bare hands and wiping the wall with Wizard’s body. The Fury’s gang leader decides that he has had enough and prepares to finish her later with a baseball bat when the school building is empty. Thanks to her recently-gained supernatural abilities, she senses his plan and instead draws him into a storage room where she is lurking behind some boxes. After playing hide-and-seek for some minutes, a battle begins but Miss Peters is no longer a human, she resembles a gargoyle now. After fighting for a while Miss Peters defeats Wizard, and when she is getting ready to finish him off, she sees herself in the mirror and recoils. As lightning strikes, destroying the gargoyle which was perched outside on the school roofs, Miss Peters backs into a power box. She is, however, returned to her original self. In the end they have discovered that this fighting won’t take them anywhere, and they bury the hatchet and leave the storage room.

Closing narration[edit]

We're told that damned places exist. Buildings where madness permeates the very bricks and mortar. We're told that sometimes dedication and kindness can purge the evil from those walls. This has merely been a story. Life isn't really like this, is it? A lesson to be learned in the study halls of the Twilight Zone.

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