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* KarmicTransformation: The goal of Jason's ploy s to inflict this on his relatives, making them as ugly on the outside as they are on the inside. He succeeds.

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* KarmicTransformation: The goal of Jason's ploy s is to inflict this on his relatives, making them as ugly on the outside as they are on the inside. He succeeds.

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* [[ReferencedBy/WilliamShakespeare Referenced By: William Shakespeare]]: Paula says that Emily has done nothing but complain ever since they arrived in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans. Emily replies "He jests at scars that never felt a wound." This is a line from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', Act II, Scene II.


->'''Creator/RodSerling:''' Mr. Jason Foster, a tired ancient who on this particular Mardi Gras evening will leave the Earth. But before departing, he has some things to do, some services to perform, some debts to pay - and some justice to mete out. This is UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, Mardi Gras time. It is also The Twilight Zone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling:''' Mr. Jason Foster, a tired ancient who on this particular Mardi Gras evening will leave the Earth. But before departing, he has some things to do, some services to perform, some debts to pay - and some justice to mete out. This is UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, Mardi Gras time. It is also The the Twilight Zone.



->'''Rod Serling:''' Mardi Gras incident, the dramatis personae being four people who came to celebrate and, in a sense, let themselves go. This they did with a vengeance. They now wear the faces of all that was inside them--and they'll wear them for the rest of their lives, said lives now to be spent in the shadow. Tonight's tale of men, the macabre and masks on The Twilight Zone.

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->'''Rod Serling:''' Mardi Gras incident, the dramatis personae being four people who came to celebrate and, in a sense, let themselves go. This they did with a vengeance. They now wear the faces of all that was inside them--and they'll wear them for the rest of their lives, said lives now to be spent in the shadow. Tonight's tale of men, the macabre and masks on The the Twilight Zone.



* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: Jason mentions that he has seen Wilfred, Jr. kill small animals in the past. He later says that Wilfred, Jr. sees humanity as an animal caught in a trap to be tormented.



* BrutallyHonest: To be blunt, Jason is not content to spend his final hours sugarcoating his words to the heirs.
** Jason also values this as a trait in general--he tells Dr. Thorne that he outright ''expects'' to be treated with absolute honesty. Thorne has learned to accept this and does as he's requested.

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* BottleEpisode: This episode features only two sets: Jason's bedroom and his living room.
* BrutallyHonest: To be blunt, Jason is not content to spend his final hours sugarcoating his words to the heirs.
** Jason
heirs. He also values this as a trait in general--he tells Dr. Thorne that he outright ''expects'' to be treated with absolute honesty. Thorne has learned to accept this and does as he's requested.



* {{Hypochondria}}: Emily. Her first scene involves asking Jason's doctor for some medicine for a pain in her arm. Jason comments for the last 25 years, she has claimed one ailment after another after another. She claims to be at Death's door so often, he notes she must have worn a hole in the welcome mat.

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* {{Hypochondria}}: Emily. Her first scene involves asking Jason's doctor Sam Thorne for some medicine for a pain in her arm. Jason comments for the last 25 years, she has claimed one ailment after another after another. She claims to be at Death's door so often, he notes she must have worn a hole in the welcome mat.



* KarmicTransformation: The goal of Jason's ploy was to inflict this on his relatives, making them as ugly on the outside as they are on the inside. He succeeds.

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* KarmicTransformation: The goal of Jason's ploy was s to inflict this on his relatives, making them as ugly on the outside as they are on the inside. He succeeds.



-->'''Emily Harper:''' Are you feeling weaker, father?\\

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-->'''Emily Harper:''' Are you feeling weaker, father?\\Father?\\



'''Wilfred Harper Sr.:''' Yes, father, I quite agree!\\
'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[{{Hypochondriac}} Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! A prime example of this being her marriage to Wilfred...a marriage which broke her dear late mother's heart, in every sense! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''

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'''Wilfred Harper Sr.:''' Yes, father, Father, I quite agree!\\
'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[{{Hypochondriac}} [[{{Hypochondria}} Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! A prime example of this being her marriage to Wilfred...a marriage which broke her dear late mother's heart, in every sense! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''


* DirtyCoward: Emily definitely has the "coward" part down. She's a petty hypochondriac who treats every little discomfort as though it were an ailment, to the point that she tried (unsuccessfully) to convince Dr. Thorne to look her over when he clearly has other patients to attend to. Later while wearing her mask, she whines about how she's 'suffocating'. And she wasn't too proud to beg her father to let them prematurely remove their masks before midnight.

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* DirtyCoward: Emily definitely has the "coward" part down. She's a petty hypochondriac who treats every little discomfort as though it were an ailment, a terrible sickness, to the point that she tried (unsuccessfully) to convince Dr. Thorne to look her over when he clearly has other patients to attend to. Later while wearing her mask, she whines about how she's 'suffocating'. And she wasn't too proud to beg her father to let them prematurely remove their masks before midnight.

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* NoSympathy: The reaction to Jason's death, inadvertently proving him right about what jerks his relatives are in the speech he just made; see below.
--> '''Wilfred''': At long last, he's dead.\\
'''Wilfred, Jr.''': Good!


* TheAtoner: Jason Foster as a wealthy man who has taken on a personal mission to atone for his own debts and deal out some long-overdue karma to his less-than-ideal heirs on the deathbed.



* TheAtoner: Jason Foster as a wealthy man who has taken on a personal mission to atone for his own debts and deal out some long-overdue karma to his less-than-ideal heirs on the deathbed.



'''Jason Foster''': "Wear It! Live with it a while Wilfred. It has great subtlety Wilfred. There's greed, avarice, cruelty. All of the character traits that you '''''don't''''' have..."

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'''Jason Foster''': "Wear It! it! Live with it a while Wilfred. It has great subtlety Wilfred. There's greed, avarice, cruelty. All of the character traits that you '''''don't''''' have..."


* PsychoticManChild: Sadistic Wilfred Jr. as described by his grandfather. Jason recalls seeing him torment small animals since he was a young boy and implies he has never grown out of that behavior.

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* PsychoticManChild: PsychopathicManchild: Sadistic Wilfred Jr. as described by his grandfather. Jason recalls seeing him torment small animals since he was a young boy and implies he has never grown out of that behavior.


Jason Foster (Robert Keith), a very wealthy old man, is dying. Cranky and candid, Jason is not cheered by a visit from his daughter Emily (Virigina Gregg) and her family--husband Wilfred (Milton Selzer), son Wilfred Jr. (Alan Sues) and daughter Paula (Brooke Hayward). All four have various terrible traits--Emily is a cowardly, self-centered hypochondriac who whines and complains about the most trivial things; Wilfred, a successful businessman, is uncultured and {{greed}}y, thinking of everything in monetary terms; Paula is extremely vain, constantly checking her appearance in the mirror (in fact, she is looking in one when she greets her grandfather); and Wilfred Jr. is an oafish, sadistic bully who enjoys causing pain and suffering to other people and animals. Moreover, it is clear that they are only there in order to claim Jason's fortune once he dies. Jason is not shy about his opinions of his family and openly insults each of them. In an act of apology, he says he has a special Mardi Gras party planned for the little group that night.

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Jason Foster (Robert Keith), a very wealthy old man, is dying. Cranky and candid, Jason is not cheered by a visit from his daughter Emily (Virigina Gregg) and her family--husband Wilfred (Milton Selzer), son Wilfred Jr. (Alan Sues) and daughter Paula (Brooke Hayward). All four have various terrible traits--Emily is a cowardly, self-centered hypochondriac who whines and complains about the most trivial things; Wilfred, a successful businessman, is uncultured and {{greed}}y, thinking of everything in monetary terms; Paula is extremely vain, constantly checking her appearance in the mirror (in fact, she is looking in one when she greets her grandfather); and Wilfred Jr. is an oafish, sadistic bully who enjoys causing pain and suffering to other people and animals. Moreover, it is clear that they are only there in order to claim Jason's fortune once he dies. Jason is not shy about his opinions of his family and openly insults each of them.them all. In an act of apology, he says he has a special Mardi Gras party planned for the little group that night.


'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[{{Hypochondriac}} Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''

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'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[{{Hypochondriac}} Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! A prime example of this being her marriage to Wilfred...a marriage which broke her dear late mother's heart, in every sense! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''


* VillainousValor: More like Jerkass Valor, with a minor in VillainousFriendship, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the heirs' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect and support for each other.

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* VillainousValor: More like Jerkass Valor, with a minor in VillainousFriendship, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the heirs' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect and support for each other.other (which hints at HiddenDepths, among other things).



* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: The dying Jason Foster forces his evil relatives to wear their masks until midnight, on pain of losing their inheritance. Foster dies at the stroke of midnight, but when the relatives remove their masks they discover that something unusual has occurred.

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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: The dying Jason Foster forces his evil relatives to wear their masks until midnight, on pain of losing their inheritance. Foster dies at the stroke of midnight, but when the relatives remove their masks they discover that something unusual has occurred.


'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[RichBitch Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''

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'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[RichBitch [[{{Hypochondriac}} Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''



* {{Sadist}}: Wilfred Jr is a bully who delights in the pain and suffering of others.

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* {{Sadist}}: Wilfred Jr Jr. is a bully who delights in the pain and suffering of others.



* TooDumbToLive: After Jason's spent the entire first half of the episode calling out his relatives for their negative qualities, he turns around and claims that the four masks which embody those qualities are the opposite of their true selves. Only complete fools would fail to catch the {{sarcasm|blind}}... and they fall for it hook, line, and sinker. It helps cement the Harpers as completely self-absorbed -- they're so awful they don't ''realize'' they're awful.
* VillainousFriendship: More like the family version of Jerkass Friendship, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the heirs' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect (and clearly support and sympathy) for each other.

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* TooDumbToLive: After Jason's spent the entire first half of the episode calling out his relatives for their negative qualities, he turns around and claims that the four masks which embody those qualities are the opposite of their true selves. Only complete fools would fail to catch the {{sarcasm|blind}}... and they all fall for it it, hook, line, and sinker. It helps cement the Harpers heirs as completely self-absorbed -- they're so awful they don't ''realize'' they're awful.
* VillainousFriendship: VillainousValor: More like the family version of Jerkass Friendship, Valor, with a minor in VillainousFriendship, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the heirs' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect (and clearly and support and sympathy) for each other.


* BlatantLies: Jason's relatives insist to anyone who will listen that they are there because they care about him and not because of his inheritance. He doesn't buy it for a second.

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* BlatantLies: Jason's relatives insist to anyone who will listen that they are there because they care about him and not because of his inheritance. He doesn't buy it for a second.second, but they all do.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Paula is exceptionally self-absorbed and obsessed with her own looks, that she lives in a mirror, and sees the world as nothing more than a reflection of herself.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Paula is exceptionally self-absorbed and obsessed with her own looks, that Jason comments she lives in a mirror, and sees the world as nothing more than a reflection of herself.



* ThePromise: Jason Foster's will dictates if they wear their given masks until the unmasking (midnight) they will inherit all of his vast fortune. If one removes their mask before hand, they will have only enough for train fare back to Boston.

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* ThePromise: Jason Foster's will dictates if they wear their given masks until the unmasking (midnight) they will inherit all of his vast fortune. If any one of them removes their mask before hand, they will have only enough for train fare back to Boston.



* VillainousValor: More like Jerkass Valor, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the Harpers' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect (and clearly support and sympathy) for each other.

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* VillainousValor: VillainousFriendship: More like the family version of Jerkass Valor, Friendship, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the Harpers' heirs' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect (and clearly support and sympathy) for each other.


* BlatantLies: Jason's relatives insist to anyone who will listen that they are there because they care about him and not because of his inheritance. No one buys it for a second.
* BrutallyHonest: To be blunt, Jason's not content to spend his final hours sugarcoating his words to the heirs.

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* BlatantLies: Jason's relatives insist to anyone who will listen that they are there because they care about him and not because of his inheritance. No one buys He doesn't buy it for a second.
* BrutallyHonest: To be blunt, Jason's Jason is not content to spend his final hours sugarcoating his words to the heirs.



* VillainousValor: More like Jerkass Valor, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the Harpers' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect (and clearly support and sympathy) for each other.

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* VillainousValor: More like Jerkass Valor, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the Harpers' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect (and clearly support and sympathy) for each other.


* TooDumbToLive: After Jason's spent the entire first half of the episode calling out his relatives for their negative qualities, he turns around and claims that the four masks which embody those qualities are the opposite of their true selves. Only complete fools would fail to catch the sarcasm...and they fall for it hook, line, and sinker. It helps cement the Harpers as completely self-absorbed--they're so awful they don't ''realize'' they're awful.

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* TooDumbToLive: After Jason's spent the entire first half of the episode calling out his relatives for their negative qualities, he turns around and claims that the four masks which embody those qualities are the opposite of their true selves. Only complete fools would fail to catch the sarcasm...{{sarcasm|blind}}... and they fall for it hook, line, and sinker. It helps cement the Harpers as completely self-absorbed--they're self-absorbed -- they're so awful they don't ''realize'' they're awful.awful.
* VillainousValor: More like Jerkass Valor, but it still abides by the trope's playbook. For all of the Harpers' undesirable characteristics, they show nothing but complete and total respect (and clearly support and sympathy) for each other.


* AssholeVictim: The relatives really deserved their fate.



** Averted with Jason, who keeps his humble, human face and not gaining the skeleton appearance of Death's skull.
*** Though by the end of the episode, he ''is'' dead, thus playing the trope straight.

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** Averted with Jason, who keeps his humble, human face and not gaining the skeleton appearance of Death's skull.
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skull. Though by the end of the episode, he ''is'' dead, thus playing the trope straight.



** The relatives get their respective ones, before and during their visit with the dying Jason. Emily complains over her aches and pains, Paula is applying make-up, Wilfred Jr. doesn't hint any intelligence on his part, and Wilfred Sr. tries to gauge how "the old boy is doing".

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** The relatives get their respective ones, before and during their visit with the dying Jason. Jason.
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Emily complains over her aches and pains, pains.
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Paula is applying make-up, make-up.
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Wilfred Jr. doesn't hint any intelligence on his part, and part.
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Wilfred Sr. tries to gauge how "the old boy is doing".



* PsychoticManChild: Sadistic Wilfred Jr.

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* PsychoticManChild: Sadistic Wilfred Jr. as described by his grandfather. Jason recalls seeing him torment small animals since he was a young boy and implies he has never grown out of that behavior.



'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[RichBitch Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! A prime example of this being her marriage to Wilfred...a marriage which broke her dear late mother's heart, in every sense! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''

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'''Jason Foster:''' Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you ''respond'' to love! [[RichBitch Emily]] responds only to what her petty hungers dictate! A prime example of this being her marriage to Wilfred...a marriage which broke her dear late mother's heart, in every sense! [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wilfred]] responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He ''feels'' books, he doesn't read them! He ''appraises'' paintings, he doesn't seek out their truth or their beauty! And [[{{Narcissist}} Paula]] there lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her [[JerkJock brother]]... Humanity, to him, is a small animal, caught in a trap, to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most human beings get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, ''all'' of you! Even without your masks, you're ''caricatures!''



* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Jason is this trope incarnate.

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* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Jason is this trope incarnate. He doesn't take half-measures when showing his dislike or hatred for those who have earned it in his book.

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