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To Protect and Serve

"To Protect and Serve"
The Twilight Zone (2nd revival) episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 15
Directed by Joe Chappelle
Written by Kamran Pasha
Production code 115
Original air date November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06)
Guest actors

"To Protect and Serve" is the fifteenth episode of the science fiction television series 2002 revival of The Twilight Zone. The episode was first broadcast on November 6, 2002, on UPN.

Opening narration

Plot summary

Police officer Eric responds to a call of a woman screaming. When he gets there, he sees a pimp trying to kill a prostitute. He kills the pimp, saving the woman. But after the ordeal, Eric gets a call on his phone and the voice on the other end claims to be the pimp he just killed saying, "You didn't think it would be that easy. It's not over."

They drive the prostitute home but Eric still wants to talk to her. He is curious about Rigo, the pimp who he killed but may have received a phone call from right after. She tells him that Rigo had no gang and no friends. Eric realizes that he knows the prostitute as his old friend's sister.

The memory of shooting Rigo keeps haunting his thoughts. He gets another call from Rigo on the phone, confusing Eric again, because he knows that he is dead. Rigo tells him that he is after Carla, the prostitute.

So Eric goes to talk to Carla again. He wants to protect her because he thinks Rigo is still after her. She refuses his offer of protection and he can do nothing else but leave her alone. Later that night, Angela, Eric's partner, calls him and tells him that Carla was found dead.

Upset over what has happened, Eric goes to visit a small vigil that has been set up for Carla. When he gets home that night, his phone starts to ring. He unplugs it from the wall, but it still rings. This time it isn't Rigo, it is Carla. She screams for help but Eric has no idea what to do. He does not know where she is and she gets attacked, presumably by Rigo, before she can tell him.

The next night we see Eric load up a gun and sit by the phone, waiting for it to ring. It does, but it is neither Rigo nor Carla. It is a man Eric asked to trace the calls for him. He tells Eric that they have been coming from an out-of-service pay phone in the alley where he killed Rigo. He goes to the pay phone and yells for Rigo to answer. He tells Eric that he is right behind him. Eric leaves the pay phone and sees Rigo holding Carla with a knife to her throat like the first time he encountered them. Eric approaches Rigo and it looks like he stabs him. When the police find his body, the man says it looks like a suicide....he was shot with his own gun.

At the end, Angela gets a call from Eric saying that everything is okay and Carla is safe now because he is there to protect her. As Angela leaves while Eric's body is being covered up, Forest Whitaker appears and narrates that Eric Bogs is "still on patrol."

Closing narration

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