The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room 

Small time criminal Jackie Rhoades must face both his past and his conscience while waiting for his next assignment.



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Jackie Rhoades is a 34 year-old small-time hood who lives in a cheap $4 a night hotel room. He's waiting to hear about his next job but when George shows up telling him that his next job is murder - of a bar owner who doesn't want to pay off his gangster bosses- Jackie begins to have a conversation with his alter ego who appears to him in a mirror. The alter-ego takes him to task for the choices he made in his life - choices that led to crime, prison and broken relationships. He also offers Jackie an alternative. Written by garykmcd

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14 October 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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After adjusting for inflation, the four dollars would be equivalent to $33.10 in 2017. See more »


When George meets with Jackie at 2:30 a.m., you can see that Jackie's watch says 5:00. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is Mr. Jackie Rhoades, age thirty-four, and where some men leave a mark of their lives as a record of their fragmentary existence on Earth, this man leaves a blot, a dirty, discolored blemish to document a cheap and undistinguished sojourn amongst his betters. What you're about to watch in this room is a strange and mortal combat between a man and himself, for in just a moment, Mr. Jackie Rhoades, whose life has been given over to fighting adversaries, will find his most...
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Referenced in Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Mirror, Mirror!
11 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty clever little episode. The loser is locked in his self imposed cell. He has failed his entire life. He is a two bit crook who does jobs when he is told. He is a bootlicker, full of fear and anxiety and self loathing. He is a throwaway and knows that some day he will be caught and put away forever. Enter his alter ego who talks to him from behind a mirror. This is his good self, his productive self. Most of the episode is a nicely done dialogue between man and image. It gets at the roots of the problem. A psychologist may pick this apart and put it back together. It is about unrealized potential and reformation. It is also a very satisfying story of a man who has a chance to reclaim his soul.

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