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The Twilight Zone: The Encounter

A samurai sword with a curse of revenge of its murdered master falls into the hands of a Japanese gardener.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x31
Production Number: 2640
Airdate: Friday May 01st, 1964



  • Currently 7/10
7/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Neville BrandNeville Brand
As Fenton
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Taro, a Japanese gardener and Fenton, a WWII veteran are trapped together in an attic. Taro spies a samurai sword in which Fenton claims to have taken from a dead soldier. Taro tells him that his father was a hero of Pearl Harbor, but in actuality was a traitor who signaled the enemy where to launch their bombs. Taro determines that Fenton had killed a surrendering soldier and the stole his sword from him. Fenton admits he is guilty, making Taro want to kill him. They begin fighting and Fenton soon falls upon the sword. Taro yells "Banzai" and leaps out the attic window...

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Episode Notes
George Takei is best known as Sulu, on Star Trek.

This episode was not included in the original syndication package.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Two men alone in an attic: a young Japanese-American and a seasoned veteran of yesterday's war. It's twenty-odd years since Pearl Harbor, but two ancient opponents are moving into position for a battle in an attic crammed with skeletons--souvenirs, mementos, old uniforms and rusted medals--ghosts from the dim reaches of the past that will lead us into...the Twilight Zone.

Taro: I grew up in Honolulu. I was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed.
Fenton: Were you one of the pilots?

Closing Narration
Narrator: Two men in an attic, locked in mortal embrace. Their common bond and their common enemy: guilt. A disease all too prevalent among men, both in and out of the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingLarry Stewart
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Frank R. McKelvy (1)
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Eddie Imazu
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 5 episode 31 guide may contain spoilers
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