The janus mutations of Tetrahymena thermophila convert the large-scale organization of the dorsal surface of the cell into a mirror-image of the ventral surface, which is characterized by a second, abnormal, oral apparatus and by contractile vacuole pores to the left of the second oral area rather than the usual right. This conversion could be due either to a local change in the response to an unaltered positional system or to a more global reorganization of the system itself. janus homopolar doublets were used to distinguish between these two alternatives. Homopolar doublets can be made by fusing two similarly oriented cells in side-by-side parabiosis. Non-janus homopolar doublets typically possess two sets of normal oral structures with contractile vacuole pores to the right of each of them. In janus doublets, there are up to four sets of oral structures, with the abnormal oral structures located between the two sets of normal oral structures; contractile vacuole pores are situated to the right of the normal oral areas and to the left of the abnormal oral structures. Non-janus homopolar doublets are known to propagate their compound condition for a number of cell divisions, but also to regulate toward the singlet state through a progressive reduction in number of ciliary rows followed by loss of one of the two sets of major cell surface structures. janus homopolar doublets go through a corresponding regulation. As a consequence, the location of the abnormal oral structures relative to the normal ones is more variable in janus doublets than in janus singlets. Sometimes the abnormal oral structures shift to a position close to their normal counterparts and then the intervening CVP sets disappear. There is evidence for occasional fusion of an abnormal oral area with an adjacent normal oral apparatus, a condition that may be transitional to the singlet state. These observations are inconsistent with the idea of a fixed positional system and strongly suggest a global reorganization of the surface pattern in a manner consistent with predictions of an intercalation model that was first proposed to explain the regulation of non-janus doublets to singlets.