The Twilight Zone season 1 episode 8 recap: Point of Origin

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“Point of Origin” — Pictured: Ginnifer Goodwin as Eve Martin of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

The Twilight Zone turns is piercing eye toward immigration, deportation and the meaning of calling a place home in this week’s episode, “Point of Origin.”

This episode of The Twilight Zone opens with two arrests. The first, in the home of Eve Martin (played by Ginnifer Goodwin), a stay-at-home mom decked out in the pastel colors of a wealthy, elite white family. Eve has two 8-year-old children, a husband (William) and a housekeeper, Anna Fuentes.

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One day, armed men come to Eve’s door and arrest Anna. Eve is shaken, but she and her friends speculate later that Anna must have been in the country illegally and that’s why she was taken.

Everything changes when Eve, later, takes her daughters to the store, a task usually taken care of by Anna.

First, Eve’s credit cards are all declined. Then, as Eve tries to leave, she’s stopped by a group of mysterious government officials taking her and her kids (and, elsewhere, her husband) to an unnamed facility for “national security” reasons.

At the facility, the children are taken to another wing while Eve sits with William trying to figure out what’s going on.

Maybe it’s identity theft and that’s why the credit cards were declined. Maybe it’s because Eve had said Anna could lie and use her address so Anna’s grandson could get into a specific charter school. Maybe it’s none of those. But no matter what, they decide, it’s a misunderstanding.

Eventually, they’re called to meet with an official, Allendale, who looks over their file. They demand to know why they’re there—saying they want their lawyer (which, the man says, isn’t really applicable here). Allendale then clears things up, sort of.

He says that there, in fact, has been a misunderstanding. The kids are brought in and everyone is free to go. Well, everyone except Eve.