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The Twilight Zone: The Parallel

Major Gaines lands his spacecraft back home and soon realizes that he is in a parallel world. A trip back into space and another landing seems to bring him safely back to Earth. That is until he tells of his story and hears a report of a recent UFO sighting containing a 'Colonel' Gaines.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x11
Production Number: 4859
Airdate: Thursday March 14th, 1963

Guest Stars
Paul ComiPaul Comi
As Psychiatrist
Philip AbbottPhilip Abbott
As General Eaton
Frank AletterFrank Aletter
As Col. Connacher
Jacqueline ScottJacqueline Scott
As Helen Gaines
Shari Lee BernathShari Lee Bernath
As Maggie Gaines
Steve ForrestSteve Forrest
As Robert Gaines
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Robert Gaines lands his spacecraft safely back on Earth. He notice several differences in the world, and decides he is instead in a parallel universe. He runs back to his capsule, and suddenly is ready for another landing. He tells General Eaton and Colonel Connacher his story, and says that in this other world he was a Colonel. They don't believe his story but soon change their minds when an officer enters the room and tells them he had picked up an unidentified spacecraft on radar for just a few seconds, and their radio message was from a Colonel Robert Gaines. ..

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Episode Notes
Paul Comi is also in "People Are Alike All Over" and "The Odyssey of Flight 33."

Philip Abbott was also in "Long Distance Call."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
In the vernacular of space, this is T-minus one hour, sixty minutes before a human being named Major Robert Gaines is lifted off from Mother Earth and rocketed into the sky, farther and longer than any man ahead of him. Call this one of the first faltering steps of man to sever the umbilical chord of gravity and stretch out a fingertip toward an unknown. In a moment well join this astronaut named Gaines and embark on an adventure, because the environs overhead - the stars, the sky, the infinite space - are all part of a vast question mark known as the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Major Robert Gaines, a latter-day voyager just returned from an adventure. Submitted to you without any recommendations as to belief or disbelief. You can accept or reject; you pays your money and you takes your choice. But credulous or incredulous, don't bother to ask anyone for proof that it could happen. The obligation is a reverse challenge: prove that it couldn't. This happens to be... The Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorFrank R. McKelvy
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Paul Groesse
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorAl Clark
Assistant DirectorRay DeCamp
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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