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Recap / The Twilight Zone S 3 E 96 The Trade Ins

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Rod Serling: Mr. and Mrs. John Holt, aging people who slowly and with trembling fingers turn the last pages of a book of life and hope against logic and the preordained that some magic printing press will add to this book another limited edition. But these two senior citizens happen to live in a time of the future where nothing is impossible, even the trading of old bodies for new. Mr. and Mrs. John Holt, in their twilight years, who are about to find that there happens to be a zone with the same name.
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An elderly couple, John and Marie Holt, plan to transfer their minds into younger bodies, but they can only afford one procedure.

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  • Bittersweet Ending: John decides against getting a younger body, instead preferring to be there for his wife Marie and live out the remainder of their lives instead.
  • Happily Married: John and Marie have been married for 50 years and remain very much in love and completely dedicated to each other. They wish to have 100 more years together by transferring their minds into new, younger bodies. However, they only have enough money for one of them to do so. As John is in near constant pain, Marie convinces him to go ahead with the transformation. When he does so, however, John can't bear the thought of Marie still being old when he is young and strong. He has the process reversed so that he and Marie can spend the rest of their lives together. John tells her that she is worth the pain.
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  • May–December Romance: Defied. John, at Marie's insistence, gets the procedure done and comes out a young man. However, when he sees Marie still old, he decides it's not worth it and changes back.
  • Professional Gambler: In the hope of winning enough money to afford a second procedure, John takes part in a high stakes poker game run by the professional gambler Mr. Farraday. He loses most of his money over several hands. Farraday is moved when he learns why John is playing and by the fact that he is desperate to have the procedure done due to the terrible pain that he is experiencing. John has three kings and hopes to win back the $5,000 that he lost. Although Farraday has three aces, he takes sympathy and allows John to win.
  • Video Phone: The New Life Corporation receptionist tells Mr. Vance that there is a call for him on the video phone.
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Rod Serling: From Khalil Gibran's The Prophet: "Love gives not but itself and takes not from itself, love possesses not nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love." Not a lesson, just a reminder, from all the sentimentalists in the Twilight Zone.
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