The Twilight Zone (2002) s01e30 Episode Script

Into the Light

You've still got a few minutes.
So? Well, maybe you want to look it over one more time? Ah, I didn't study.
Ben, this test counts for a third of your final grade.
I'll have to give you an "F.
" Yeah, that's OK.
Answer the immortal question: If they had lived would Romeo and Juliet have stayed together or were they just Shakespeare's version of Justin and Britney? "Romeo and Juliet killed themselves 'cause they were ass hats.
" Smile.
Your day's officially over.
I'm not smiling till next week, when my days as a high school teacher are officially over.
What did the little rat bastards do this time? Please.
They don't do anything.
They don't work.
They don't listen.
They don't care.
And, as of next week, neither do I.
You're burned out, that's all.
You need a break.
A permanent break.
You take the job seriously.
That's what makes you a great teacher.
Past tense, please.
That's what made you a great teacher.
Deep down, you love the little rat bastards and they love you.
Uhh! Oh, yeah.
They love me, all right.
They love me so much.
Meet Rachel Stark.
She may think she's ready to quite her job and leave her students behind, but today this teacher's gonna learn a lesson in commitment courtesy of the Twilight Zone.
Hey, geek.
Slow down, Jose.
Why don't you turn that thing down? Do something back here, would you?! I paid my fare! I got my rights! Maybe you should calm down.
Call the cops! I want these kids off the bus, right now! Oh, God.
You're traveling to another dimension a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.
A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are only that of the imagination.
You're entering That smells really good.
You're late.
Yes, I am.
Uh, game went into overtime.
And we still lost.
Uh oh, and then I heard about your car.
That sucks.
You all right? Something happened on the way home.
There was a man on the bus.
He had a heart attack.
I tried to give him CPR but he died.
That must have been awful.
It was.
Have you ever seen anyone die? Yeah, my grandfather, when I was 10.
Did anything weird happen? Weird how? Before the man died I saw this light around his face.
Like a halo? Less cheesy, but, yeah.
That's weird.
The thing is, I saw the light on Jose, too.
Who? Jose Molina.
One of my English Lit kids.
He was riding his skateboard.
I thought it was just something in my eye, but What? Nothing.
Hey, Jose was just fine.
I was kind of counting on you to laugh and tell me it was all in my head.
I'm sure it is.
But I don't think it's a coincidence that you're you're seeing strange lights right after giving notice at the school.
Meaning? Meaning, uh maybe you're feeling a little guilty.
What for? For leaving the kids for giving up on teaching.
Whatever you say you still started out like the rest of us wanting to make a difference.
It's it's gonna be hard to let that go.
Well, here I am letting go.
Those kids will be just fine without me and I'll be more than fine without them.
I just had a weird afternoon.
That's all.
So why does Mercutio say "A plague on both your houses"? He wanted everyone dead.
But Romeo was his friend, right? Why would he want his friend to die? Arlie? Um, Mercutio was dying.
He was all alone.
He didn't have any friends.
Bet you know what that feels like, huh? - Shut up.
- Brian Ms.
Stark, you OK? I'm sorry to have to tell you this.
Jose Molina was hit by a car on his way home from school yesterday.
He died this morning.
Least his parents got another 20 bambinos running around at home, right? Go to the principal's office, Brian! That kind of talk is unacceptable! What are you looking at, Tool? Hmm.
Anyone who wants to see the school counselor Anyone who wants to see the school counselor there's a sign-up sheet in her office.
His noble soul has climbed to the clouds.
He was too young to leave this earth.
Romeo and Ju//et, Act 3, Scene one.
Hey you can't be in here.
He's my uncle.
It's almost midnight.
Where have you been? I went to the hospital.
Are you all right? I'm fine.
I went to the ICU.
I saw the light on a man there.
He was all alone.
He didn't have any family so I sat next to his bed and held his hand.
He died an hour ago.
It could be a coincidence.
Did you hear about Jose? The lights are not in my head.
They're real.
Why is this happening? W-what's it mean? It just means that you did the right thing quitting your job.
It's it's just a sign that you need a rest.
That's all.
I wish I could believe that.
How can I help? Can you make it stop? Ms.
Stark? What's wrong? Mr.
Carr, I need to talk to you.
What is it? It's the students.
They're in danger.
What kind of danger? Did you overhear something? We have to send them home.
Get them out of the building and somewhere safe.
Safe from what? All I know is something bad is going to happen.
You protecting someone? A student maybe? No.
It's nothing like that.
What then? Talk to me, Rachel.
Right before Jose Molina was killed, I saw A light On his face.
A few hours later he was dead.
I've seen the same light on 2 other people.
They both died, too.
Today the light is on the students.
There were so many of them.
And you think that means they're going to die.
I know they are.
Stark? I'm sorry, but are you coming back to class? Give us a moment.
You have to believe me.
You wanted a rest.
Clearly, you need one.
Carr! Tomorrow's your last day anyway.
It's probably a good thing.
He, uh he asked me to make sure that you were OK.
And to, uh, make sure that you left the building before he had security escort you out.
I know what I saw.
The lights aren't a sign I should quit my job.
They're a sign I need to do my job.
Protecting these kids that's our job, right? Yes, yes, but protect them from what? From who? I don't know but why else Why is this happening? Look, Principal Carr is serious.
He wants you off the grounds.
Just go home, OK? I will keep an eye on everything here.
I promise.
Stark? Last day, huh? Apparently.
L I heard about it How you think that people are going to die.
And I was just wondering how many people we were talking about? We're not talking about it at all.
Why not? Is it because you see the light on my face? No.
I don't.
But you would tell me if you did, right? Uh, because I'd want to know.
I'd tell you.
I like you, Ms.
You know, you're all about the truth.
I like you, too, Ben.
So what are you doing now? Go home, I guess.
Yeah, good good idea.
Um it's better if you're not here.
Bye, Ms.
Good-bye, Ben.
I need a favor.
Can you get me the locker combination master list? You're kidding, right? You leave me with little choice.
Carr, it's Ben.
He's going to hurt the others, but I don't know how.
I already asked you to leave once.
Now I'm calling the police.
This isn't scheduled? Of course not.
Please, just listen to me, Mr.
Carr! Let's go! Please, if you'd just look in his journals! I don't know what's going on here but if I find out you're responsible You have to find Ben.
Keep moving, people! Come on, buddy.
Security, help out, please.
Keep moving.
That's right.
Let's go.
Come on.
Let's go.
Rachel! Hey, Ms.
Hi, Ben.
You're not here to, uh give me the speech, are you? What speech? You know, how, uh Killing is wrong, Benjamin.
You're a smart kid.
I think you already know that.
You hate them as much as I do! You hate all of us.
That's why you quit.
That's not true.
They slashed your tires.
Brian and his little his little maggot friends.
Stop right there! I'm not going to let you kill anyone.
How you gonna stop me? Aah! Run! Run! Ben! Aah! Rachel! Oh, God, Rachel.
It it's all right now.
They're all right.
You did good.
It's OK.
Help's on its way.
Don't leave me.
It's so beautiful.
What do you see? A light.
Rachel? Rachel Stark didn't ask to be special.
She didn't want to be a hero.
But sometimes fate reaches out a cold hand to tap your shoulder from the Twilight Zone.