The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Eye of the Beholder 

A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal".



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Episode complete credited cast:
William D. Gordon ...
Jennifer Howard ...
Joanna Heyes ...
Reception Nurse


Janet Tyler is in hospital having undergone treatment to make her look normal. It's her 11th trip to the hospital for treatment and she is desperate to look like everyone else. Some of her earliest childhood memories are of people looking away, horrified by her appearance. Her bandages will soon come off and she can only hope that this, her last treatment, will have done the trick. If not, her doctor has told she will be segregated with a colony of similar looking people. All that to say that truth is truly in the eye of the beholder. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 November 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the 1878 novel 'Molly Bawn' by 'Margaret Wolfe Hungerford': "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". See more »


Before the post operation surgery is revealed, one of the doctor's faces, even though still in the shadows, is noticeable. See more »


Janet Tyler: Mr. Smith?
Walter Smith: Yes?
Janet Tyler: Why do we have to look like this?
Walter Smith: I don't know, Miss Tyler, I really don't know. But you know something? it doesn't matter. There's an old saying, a very, very old saying: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". When we leave here, when we go to the village, try to think of that, Miss Tyler. Say it over and over to yourself. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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What is behind those bandages?
7 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the truly classic early Twilight Zone episodes. A woman is lying in a hospital bed with her face covered with bandages. All hope lies in an imminent operation to restore her distorted features. The doctors and nurses attempt to reassure her that everything will be all right. The undertone, however, is that if the operation fails, the consequences will be very bad for the patient.

The camera direction plays with the viewer, who hears a lot of conversation but can't really see anyone's faces until the climax.

The episode combines a theme envisioned by the title, along with a kind of big brother overlay, and concludes with a glimmer of hope for even the throwaways of society. The twist at the end is startling if you haven't seen already seen it. and still very dramatic even if you have.

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