Street of Shadows (The Twilight Zone)

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"Street of Shadows"
The New Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 53
Directed by Richard Bugajski
Written by Michael Reaves
Original air date January 21, 1989
Guest appearance(s)

Charles Haid: Steve Cranston
Angela Gei: Elaine
Shawn Lawrence: Frederick Perry
Reiner Schwarz: Lawyer
Lisa Jakub: Lisa
James Mainprize: Butler

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"Street of Shadows" is the fifty-third episode and the eighteenth episode of the third season (1988–89) of the television series The Twilight Zone.

Opening narration[edit]


A man named Steve Cranston, living in a homeless shelter with his family, is outraged to learn that the shelter is about to close and, without a job, the outlook is bleak. After a blowup with his wife, Steve takes a walk and ends up in a wealthy neighborhood. He comes upon a house where he discovers the alarm system has failed and manages to slip inside the gate before it closes. Inside, the owner of the house—Frederick Perry—ruthlessly discusses with his lawyer how to cut expenses in his business, including cutting personnel. Outside, Steve is crossing the grounds and near the pool. He notices the patio door is open and goes inside. He fixes himself a drink while Perry notices that someone has come into the house. Perry grabs his gun while Steve finds a load of money. Just then, Perry bursts in and threatens to call the police. Steve begs him not to and throws a bottle at the man, knocking him out. Perry, in response, shoots Steve.

Steve awakens the next morning, in Perry's bed. The butler comes in and wishes him a good morning. The butler apparently thinks Steve is Frederick Perry, even though Steve sees his own reflection in the mirror. He calls the shelter to discover that his wife, Elaine, is at the hospital where, he is told, her husband was shot. Steve goes over to the hospital and tries to talk to Elaine, but she and his daughter only see him as Perry. He goes into the room to see the real Perry, but Elaine kicks him out. Steve goes home—to Perry's home. Later, he goes down to the shelter and tries to talk to Elaine again, but decides against it.

Steve, as Perry, meets with the lawyer and wants him to help him save the shelter. Later on, sitting at the bar, Steve becomes disoriented and collapses. He wakes up in the hospital with Elaine and their daughter in the room and they once again know him as Steve. He learns from Elaine that "Perry" dropped the charges and donated the money to save the shelter, but Steve knows it was he who did it. Then Elaine tells him that the director of the shelter wants to hire him to do work on the building now that they have extra money...

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