The Trade-Ins

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"The Trade-Ins"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 96
Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Written by Rod Serling
Production code 4831
Original air date April 13, 1962
Guest actors

Joseph Schildkraut: John Holt
Alma Platt: Marie Holt
Noah Keen: Mr. Vance
Theodore Marcuse: Farraday
Edson Stroll: Young John Holt
Terence De Marney: Gambler #1
Billy Vincent: Gambler #2
Mary McMahon: Receptionist
David Armstrong: Surgeon

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"The Trade-Ins" is episode 96 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Opening narration


An elderly couple, John and Marie Holt, realize they haven't much time, so they decide to visit a medical center specializing in a new technology: body swapping. The center representative, Mr. Vance, tells them that 98% of couples have been happy with the quality of the swap, but the company offers a return clause if they change their mind afterwards within one week, as the swap procedure can be reversed. The couple decides to trade their aged bodies in for younger models. To their dismay, the swap will cost $10,000 for both of them together, and they have only half that amount. They ask if they could use the money they have as a down payment, and pay off the remaining half while working using their new younger bodies. Mr. Vance refuses, citing government regulations preventing extension of credit for this procedure. Marie suggests that John get the procedure, and when they are able to raise another $5000, she can join him, but John is resolute, and refuses to go through with the procedure unless they can do it together.

The old man attempts to earn the rest of the money in a high-stakes poker game, but John does not gamble and is confused even with a simple game of five card draw. The soft-hearted dealer, Faraday, seeing the old man put all his money on the first hand, after hearing John reveal his situation (and a hand of three kings), secretly folds his winning hand (three aces) to allow Holt to leave with the same amount he started with. Finally, Mr. Holt has himself changed, intending to use his young body to earn the money for his wife's change. In the end, they realize they can't wait the necessary time for the young Mr. Holt to earn the money for Mrs. Holt's procedure and would rather be old together than for one of them to be young and the other old. He opts for the return clause, willing to cope with his pain in order for them to be together. His "old" body restored, Mr. and Mrs. Holt depart towards an uncertain future–but their love for each other is "younger" than ever.

Closing narration


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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