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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 6 E 3 Skin Deep

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The Control Voice: It is said that man is created in God's image. But what happens when we alter that image? Is our reflection the only thing that changes?

A man steals a handsome coworker's identity with a holographic device.

The Control Voice: In an age when we are led to believe that we can be anything we want to be, what most eludes us is simply... being ourselves.

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  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Sid Camden faked his own death after killing Chad Warner. Two weeks later, he attends a memorial service for himself holographically disguised as Chad. He is moved by the kind words of his estranged friend Deb Clement, the only one that he had.
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  • Dead Person Impersonation: Sid Camden impersonates Chad Warner using a Holographic Disguise after killing him.
  • Faking the Dead: Sid Camden pretends to commit suicide so that he can take over the life of Chad Warner, whom he had just killed, using a Holographic Disguise.
  • Holographic Disguise: They address the need to not move quickly, or else the hologram will flash and give you away.
  • Karmic Twist Ending: This episode has a nerdy guy gain a device that lets him change his appearance. He murders a handsome coworker and steals his identity, reveling in his new popularity and hot girlfriend and letting it all go to his head. Some mob enforcers whom the handsome coworker apparently had dealings with and cheated murder him.
  • Kill and Replace: Sid Camden uses a prototype image enhancer developed by Veil-Tech, the company where he works as an accountant, to imitate his handsome co-worker Chad Warner. While the genuine article is out of town for a few days, Sid gets him fired and receives $50,000 which was meant for Chad. Having heard rumors that Sid had clandestinely gotten hold of one of the image enhancers, Chad confronts him in his apartment and swears that he will get to the bottom of it. The only thing that stops him from beating Sid up is a lack of proof. However, this changes when Chad loses patience with Sid's taunting and pushes him. As he falls, he lands on the image enhancer and the Chad image activates. The two men fight briefly until Sid gains the upper hand and beats Chad to death by repeatedly hitting him over the head with a candlestick. After burying Chad's body, Sid leaves a message for his best (and only) friend Deb Clement on her answering machine saying that he intends to jump off a bridge. Sid takes over Chad's life after faking his own death. After two weeks, it transpires that Chad did not win the $50,000 in a bet as Sid thought but had received it on loan from an underwriter named Alan. Alan and his accomplice Grant confront Sid and demand the money, which they should have received the day before. Sid attempts to prove to them that he is the wrong guy by showing them the image enhancer. However, they think that he is taking out a gun and Alan stabs him in the stomach.
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  • No Social Skills: Sid Camden is a socially inept, lonely accountant with only one friend, his former co-worker Deb Clement. He believes that life has dealt him a bad hand. When he begins to use a Holographic Disguise to imitate his fellow accountant Chad Warner, it goes to his head and the experience brings out the worst in him to the point that he threatens Deb when she says that she will tell Chad what he is doing.
  • Playing Drunk: A bit of a variation. Sid Camden is furious that he was passed over for promotion in favor of his less experienced but more assertive co-worker Chad Warner. While using a Holographic Disguise to pose as Chad, he plays drunk and insults his boss, which results in Chad getting fired.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: Sid Camden, who hates himself, punches the mirror after he deactivates the Holographic Disguise that made him look like Chad Warner.
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