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.


Douglas Heyes


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)


Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Mantell ... Jackie Rhoades
William D. Gordon ... George




Jackie Rhoades's 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, as 'muscle' but when George shows up telling him his next job's the 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 the mirror. The alter ego takes him to task for the choices he made in his life - choices which led him to where he's been; crime, prison and broken relationships. He also offers Jackie an alternative. Written by garykmcd

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Although Rod Serling mentions that Jackie is 34 years old, Joe Mantell in real life was 44 years old. See more »


At the end of the episode, when Jackie open the door to leave the hotel room, you can see there is a mirror right in front of his room, where there is no reflection of him when he leaves. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Exit Mr. John Rhoades, formerly a reflection in a mirror, a fragment of someone else's conscience, a wishful thinker made out of glass, but now made out of flesh and on his way to join the company of men. Mr. John Rhoades, with one foot through the door and one foot out - of The Twilight Zone.
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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I mostly liked it
19 July 2018 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

This episode features a gang member who's assigned to kill someone. The entire episode takes place in a hotel room, as the title indicates. When I first read the synopsis of this episode, it was weird because it didn't mention any supernatural elements. Of course, we get one introduced. The man's reflection comes to life and starts talking back to him! Apparently, his reflection represents the more courageous part of him.

He complains about being dormant for so long. Now, this side doesn't tell him to kill anyone. It actually tells him to stand up to the gang members and leave them. I admit the plot isn't all that great, but it's still well acted. There's not really a big twist or anything. It's still serviceable. ***

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14 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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