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Mike Ferris, a man in an Air Force jumpsuit, is all alone in a strange town. He searches all over town trying to find someone. He finally collapses, pushing the "walk button" at a stoplight. The "walk" button is actually a panic button, and Ferris is an astronaut-trainee in an isolation booth. He has been in the booth for 484 hours, and has been hallucinating the whole town.
"Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting, waiting with the patience of eons, forever waiting... in the Twilight Zone."
Lew Bookman, a sidewalk salesman, is informed by Mr. Death that he is to die at midnight. Bookman convinces Death to allow him to live until he has had a chance to do his masterpiece, the Big Pitch - "one for the angels." Death arranges for a truck to hit Maggie, a neighborhood child, to take Lew's place. Death has to be in Maggie's room at midnight to claim her. Bookman saves Maggie by making a pitch so enthralling that Death misses his deadline. Having made his pitch, Lew leaves with Mr. Death.
"Lewis J. Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Formerly a fixture of the summer, formerly a rather minor component to a hot July. But, throughout his life, a man beloved by the children, and therefore a most important man. Couldn't happen, you say? Probably not in most places - but it did happen in the Twilight Zone."
Al Denton, once a feared gunslinger, now the town drunk, is forced to draw against Hotaling, a sadistic bully. That day, Henry J. Fate arrives in town. Fate's glance gives Denton's hand a life of its own, and Denton disarms Hotaling, and he regains the respect of the town. His new reputation soon attracts a young hotshot that challenges him to a duel. Denton, his gunslinging ability once again gone, buys a potion from Mr. Fate. It will give him ten seconds of deadly accuracy. As soon as the young gunslinger enters the saloon, Denton downs the potion. To his horror, he sees the young man doing the same thing. They shoot the guns out of each other's hands, each sustaining an injury that will end both of their gunslinging careers. Denton tells his adversary that they've both been blessed.
"Mr. Henry Fate, dealer in utensils and pots and pans, liniments and potions. A fanciful little man in a black frock coat who can help a man climbing out of a pit - or another man from falling into one. Because, you see, Fate can work that way... in the Twilight Zone."
Barbara Jean Trenton, an aging actress, secludes herself in a private screening room and watches her old films. Her agent, trying to help, gets her a small role in a film, and arranges a visit with an old leading man of hers. This only pushes her further into the past. A maid, bringing a meal, discovers the room empty. She looks at the screen, and runs out of the room. She calls the agent and he turns the projector back on. On the screen he sees the living room of the house, filled with stars as they appeared in old films. Barbara Jean throws a scarf at the screen. When the film runs out, the agent finds the scarf on the living room floor.
"To the wishes that come true, to the strange, mystic strength of the human animal, who can take a wishful dream and give it a dimension of its own. To Barbara Jean Trenton, movie queen of another era, who has changed the blank tomb of an empty projection screen into a private world. It can happen - in the Twilight Zone."
After a blowout, Nan Adams repeatedly sees the same hitch-hiker. She tries to run over him, only to be told by a sailor to whom she's given a lift that there was no one on the road. She calls home and learns her mother suffered a nervous breakdown after the death of her daughter in a car wreck. Nan returns to her car, where the hitch-hiker - his purpose and identity known - awaits.
"Nan Adams, age twenty-seven. She was driving to California, to Los Angeles. She didn't make it. There was a detour - through the Twilight Zone."
Walter Bedeker makes a deal with a Mr. Cadwallader: Immortality in exchange for his soul. An escape clause is provided, however; if Bedeker ever tires of life, he need only summon Mr. Cadwallader. Bedeker soon realizes nothing can harm him, but nothing excites him either. He jumps in front of subways, trains and buses, drinks poisons, all without anything harming him. He decides to jump off his apartment building. His wife, trying to stop him, falls instead. He seizes the opportunity to experience the electric chair, and confesses to his wife's murder. The judge however sentences him to life imprisonment without chance for parole. Cadwallader appears and releases him from imprisonment, in the form of a fatal heart attack.
"There's a saying, 'Every man is put on Earth condemned to die, time and method of execution unknown.' Perhaps it is as it should be. Case in point: Walter Bedeker, lately deceased, a little man with such a yen to live. Beaten by the Devil, by his own boredom - and by the scheme of things in this, the Twilight Zone."
Allenby, the captain of a supply ship, takes pity on Corry, and leaves him Alicia, a robot that looks and sounds like a woman. Corry is repelled by the robot, but eventually falls in love with her. Allenby returns one day and tells Corry he's been pardoned, and they've come to get him. Corry can only take fifteen pounds of gear, and Alicia weighs more than that. Corry refuse to leave without her, so Allenby pulls a gun and shoots Alicia in the face, revealing a mass of wires. Allenby tells Corry, "All you're leaving behind is loneliness." Stunned, Corry replies, "I must remember that. I must remember to keep that in mind."
"On a microscopic piece of sand that floats through space is a fragment of a man's life. Left to rust is the place he lived in and the machines he used. Without use, they will disintegrate from the wind and the sand and the years that act upon them; all of Mr. Corry's machines - including the one made in his image, kept alive by love, but now obsolete... in the Twilight Zone."
Bank teller Henry Bemis loves to read. He sneaks into the vault at lunchtime to read and is knocked unconscious by a shockwave. When he wakes up, he discovers a nuclear war has destroyed the Earth. He decides to commit suicide until he sees a library. This is paradise to him, and he begins to organize books to read for years to come. Just as he settles down to read his glasses slip from his face and smash, forever trapping him in a blurry world.
"The best-laid plans of mice and men - and Henry Bemis, the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Bemis... in the Twilight Zone."
Edward Hall is a man with a cardiac condition. He has sought the aid of Dr. Rathmann, a psychiatist. He tells the doctor of a dream he's been having about a carnival dancer, Maya. In his dream she leads him into a funhouse and onto a roller coaster, with the intention of scaring him to death. If he sleeps, he knows he'll return to this dream and die. If he stays awake, the strain will be too much for his already weak heart. He doesn't believe the doctor can help him, so he starts to leave. He realizes that the doctor's receptionist is a dead ringer for Maya. He returns to the doctor's office and jumps out a window. Dr. Rathmann calls the receptionist into his office, and on the couch is Edward. The doctor tells the receptionist that Hall came in, fell asleep on the couch, and then let out a scream and died.
"They say a dream takes only a second or so, and yet in that second a man can live a lifetime. He can suffer and die, and who's to say which is the greater reality: the one we know or the one in dreams, between heaven, the sky, the earth... in the Twilight Zone."
Three astronauts have returned from this first space flight. Major Gart is hospitalized with a broken leg. The other two, Colonels Harrington and Forbes head for a bar. Harrington gets a strange feeling and calls his parents. They inform him they have no son. Harrington then disappears, with nobody remembering him but Forbes. When Forbes tells Gart what happened, Gart says he doesn't remember Harrington either. Forbes runs out the door screaming, "I don't want this to happen!" When Gart gets to the door, Forbes has disappeared. Then Gart and their ship vanishes, wiping the last evidence of their existence off the face of the Earth.
"Once upon a time, there was a man named Harrington, a man named Forbes, a man named Gart. They used to exist, but don't any longer. Someone - or something - took them somewhere. At least they are no longer a part of the memory of man. And as to the X-20 supposed to be housed here in this hangar, this too does not exist. And if any of you have any questions concerning an aircraft and three men who flew her, speak softly of them... and only in the Twilight Zone."
Scientist William Sturka, and test pilot Jerry Riden, certain that an all-out nuclear war is imminent, plot to steal an experimantal spaceship and escape with their families to another planet. They overpower a government man, Carling, and escape. In space they wonder what their new home will be like. From radio braodcasts they know it is inhabited by people like themselves, and it is called Earth.
"Behind a tiny ship heading into space is a doomed planet on the verge of suicide. Ahead lies a place called Earth, the third planet from the sun. And for William Sturka and the men and women with him, it's the eve of the beginning... in the Twilight Zone."
The Arrow One disappears from the radar screen and crashes. Three of the eight astronauts survive. They believe they have crashed on an asteroid. They only have five gallons of water between them. Corey intends to kill Pierson and Donlin for their water. Before Pierson dies he climbs to the top of a mountain, looks over it, and draws a symbol in the sand. Corey pays no attention to the drawing and kills Donlin. He then climbs the mountain and sees what the symbols meant: telephone poles. They had been on Earth the whole time, in the Nevada Desert.
"Practical joke perpetrated by Mother Nature and a combination of improbable events. Practical joke wearing the trappings of nightmare, of terror, of desperation. Small human drama played out in a desert ninety-seven miles from Reno, Nevada, U.S.A., continent of North America, the Earth, and of course - the Twilight Zone."
Franklin Gibbs is not happy about his wife winning a trip to Las Vegas. A drunk gives him a silver dollar and forces him to play a slot machine. His attitude changes when the machine pays off. He starts to hear the machine calling to him, and develops a mania to play it. He plays till his last dollar, which jams when he attempts to play. Believing the machine purposefully jammed he pushes it over. Later, back in his room, believing he sees the machine coming for him, he falls out of his window. The machine rolls up to him on the pavement and spits out his dollar.
"Mr. Franklin Gibbs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate metal machine variously described as a one-armed bandit, a slot machine or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs's words, a monster with a will of its own. For our purposes we'll stick with the latter definition - because we're in the Twilight Zone."
During a World War I mission, Decker deserts his best friend, who is surrounded by enemy planes. He flies through a strange white cloud, and lands at a modern-day American air base in France. Decker discovers that the man he left behind went on to become a hero in World War II, and is due to inspect the base that very day. Decker, realizing he's been given a second chance, overpowers the major, returns to his plane, and takes off. Later, when Decker's friend arrives to inspect the base, he says Decker did return to save him - at the cost of his own life.
"Dialogue from a play, Hamlet to Horatio: 'There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' Dialogue from a play written long before men took to the sky. There are more things in heaven and earth, and in the sky, than perhaps can be dreamt of. And somewhere in between heaven, the sky, the earth, lies the Twilight Zone."
William Fitzgerald, a lieutenant serving in World War II, suddenly gains the mysterious ability to discover who is about to die via a flash of purple light across their face. After correctly predicting several deaths, he eventually sees the light flash across his own face. On the way back to headquarters, his jeep drives over a landmine.
From William Shakespeare, Richard the Third, a small excerpt. The line reads, 'He has come to open the purple testament of bleeding war.' And for Lieutenant William Fitzgerald, A Company, First Platoon, the testament is closed. Lieutenant Fitzgerald has found the Twilight Zone.
Almost out of fuel, three astronauts set down on an asteroid. The place looks like Earth, except no one moves. They see a number of ordinary events: a marching band, a card game and a homely woman winning a beauty contest. They do find someone that moves - Jeremy Wickwire, a caretaker. He explains that the asteroid is an exclusive cemetery, that lets the departed realize their greatest wish. He asks them what their greatest wish is, while serving them wine. They say to be on their ship, returning home. Too late, they realize Wickwire, an android, has poisoned their drinks. Having ensured the continuing tranquility of Happy Glades, Wickwire places the embalmed figures of the three men back in their spaceship.
"Kirby, Webber and Meyers, three men lost. They shared a common wish, a simple one - they wanted to be aboard their ship, headed for home. And fate, a laughing fate, a practical jokester with a smile that stretched across the stars, saw to it that they got their wish, with just one reservation: the wish came true, but only in the Twilight Zone."
Millicent Barnes is confused by the actions of various employees at the bus station. The ticket taker tells her that she has repeatedly asked when the bus is going to arrive, and that her suitcase has already been checked. The washroom attendant claims she was there a few seconds earlier. Yet she hasn't done any of these things. While in the washroom, she sees herself sitting on a bench out in the bus station. She runs out, but the room is empty. Paul Grinstead, a businessman, becomes concerned for Millicent. They go to board the bus, but Millicent runs back in after seeing the other her already on the bus. Paul stays to comfort Millicent, who now says she knows what is happenning: a mirror image of herself from another world has entered this world, and must take her place to survive. Paul, certain she's mentally ill, calls the police. After the police take Millicent away, Paul chases a man who he believes has stolen his case. As the man turns around, Paul realizes that the man is a duplicate of himself.
"Obscure metaphysical explanation to cover a phenomenon, reasons dredged out of the shadows to explain away that which cannot be explained. Call it parallel planes or just insanity. Whatever it is, you find it in the Twilight Zone."
After what is believed to be a meteor flies overhead, Maple Street experiences a total power failure. Pete Van Horn leaves to find what is going on. Tommy, a reader of sci-fi, says human- looking aliens have infiltrated Maple Street. No one takes this seriously until Mr. Goodman's car cranks for a few seconds. Suspicion falls on him, made stronger by a neighbor's memory of seeing him looking up at the stars at night. Everyone begins to panic as the evening approaches. When a mysterious figure walks towards them in the dark, Charlie Farnsworth takes a neighbor's rifle and fires. The mysterious figure turns out to be the returning Pete Van Horn. Charlie is then accused of being the alien, then Tommy, then total madness breaks out. As various house lights flash on and off, rioting breaks out. Two nearby aliens watch these events. One tells the other that by manipulating electricity, it is easy to turn neighbor against neighbor. Maple Street is only the beginning.
"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices - to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own - for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone."
Businessman Arthur Curtis finds his phone dead. He is then surprised to hear a voice yell, "Cut!" and see that his office is just a set on a soundstage. Everyone tells him that he is Jerry Raigan, a drunken movie star on the decline, and "Arthur Curtis" is a character Raigan is playing. Curtis drives to where his home should be, but finds no evidence of his life. Raigan's agent, thinking his client is having a nervous breakdown, tells Curtis not to worry about returning to the set, the picture has been cancelled and the sets are being dismantled. Curtis, realizing the last link to his world is about to be destroyed, rushes to the set. Just in time, he arrives on the set and pleads not to be left in this uncaring place. Curtis finds himself back in his office, while the agent arrives on the set and finds Raigan has vanished.
"The modus operandi for the departure from life is usually a pine box of such and such dimensions, and this is the ultimate in reality. But there are other ways for a man to exit from life. Take the case of Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six. His departure was along a highway with an exit sign that reads: 'This way to escape.' Arthur Curtis, en route to... the Twilight Zone."
In class, Jameson, Kittridge's colleague for twelve years and future son-in-law, reads from a Civil War journal of officer Hugh Skelton. Later, at his house, Kittridge tells Jameson he looked Skelton's photo up and found him to be a dead ringer for Jameson, down to a mole and ring. Jameson admits he is Skelton. More than two thousand years before, he paid an alchemist for the gift of immortality. Kittridge forbids Jameson to marry his daughter. Jameson convinces her to elope with him that night. He goes home to pack, and discovers a very old woman in his study. She is a wife he long since abandoned. She grabs a revolver off of his desk and shoots him. Kittridge hears the shot and rushes in, just in time to see Jameson turn to dust.
"Last stop on a long journey, as yet another human being returns to the vast nothingness that is the beginning and into the dust that is always the end."
Marcusson, the optimist that believes people are alike all over, is killed when their ship crashes on Mars. Conrad is terrified when he hears someone banging on the outside of the ship. He is relieved when he sees that the martians are human looking, but telepathic. The next day, the Martians give Conrad a home of his own. Left alone, he quickly realizes there are no windows and all the doors are locked. Suddenly, a wall slides up, revealing bars through which a crowd of Martians stand. Conrad then realizes he is in a zoo. He cries out, "Marcusson, you were right - people are alike everywhere."
"Species of animal brought back alive. Interesting similarity in physical characteristics to human beings in head, trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet. Very tiny undeveloped brain; comes from primitive planet named Earth. Calls himself Samuel Conrad. And he will remain here in this cage with the running water and the electricity and the central heat as long as he lives. Samuel Conrad has found the Twilight Zone."
Even though Jackson breaks his hand prior to the fight, he wins because Henry - a boy who adores the fighter and believes in magic - made the "big, tall wish." After the fight the boxer refuses to believe in magic. Henry tells him if he doesn't believe, it won't be true. Jackson just can't believe. Suddenly, Jackson is back in the ring, and counted out.
"Mr. Bolie Jackson, one hundred eighty-three pounds, who left a second chance lying in a heap on a rosin-spattered canvas at St. Nick's arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who shares the most common ailment of all men, the strange and perverse disinclination to believe in a miracle, the kind of miracle to come from a little boy, perhaps only to be found in the Twilight Zone."
After being shot to death by a policeman, Rocky revives to find himself unhurt. He is in the company of a seemingly good-natured man named Pip, who says he is Rocky's guide and has been instructed to give him anything he wants. At first this is great, Rocky assumes he must be in Heaven, with Pip being his guardian angel. But he soon grows tired of always winning, always getting any girl he wants. He begs Pip to send him to "the Other Place." Pip replies, "This is the Other Place!"
"A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he's ever wanted - and he's going to have to live with it for eternity... in the Twilight Zone."
Schoolteacher Helen Foley finds a strange and very serious little girl on the stairs outside her apartment. The little girl seems to know her, and tries to jog her memory about a man she saw earlier that day. The man arrives at Helen's door and Markie runs out the back way. The man is Peter Selden, who worked for Helen's mother when Helen was a child, and claimed to be the first to find her mother after she was murdered. Helen witnessed the murder but has blocked it out. She mentions Markie, and Selden tells her that was her nickname as a child, and shows her an old photo of herself. She then realizes that she and Markie are one and the same. Selden leaves, and Markie reappears. She tells Helen she is Helen, and that she is there to force her to remember her mother's murder. Selden returns and confesses to the murder, and say he has tracked down the only witness to his crime. She manages to run into the hallway and push Selden down the stairs to his death. Markie was a part of Helen that did remember the murder, and was trying to remind her conscious self of it.
"Miss Helen Foley, who has lived in night and who will wake up to morning. Miss Helen Foley, who took a dark spot from the tapestry of her life and rubbed it clean - then stepped back a few paces and got a good look at the Twilight Zone."
Gart Williams is a very unhappy man. He has a terrible boss and a shrewish wife. Riding home on the train one day he falls asleep, and dreams it is 1880, and he is entering a small town called Willoughby. The conductor tells him Willoughby is a town where "a man can slow down to a walk and live his life full measure." Williams realizes this is the place for him, but he receives only ridicule from his wife. The pressure of his job being too great, he finally cracks. He calls his wife to tell her he is quitting, but she hangs up on him. On the train home, he suddenly finds himself back in Willoughby. The townsfolk all greet him by name. He's there for good this time. Meanwhile, the train has stopped. Mr. Williams has jumped from the train yelling something about "Willoughby." The body is loaded in a hearse that bears the name "Willoughby Funeral Home."
"Willoughby? Maybe it's wishful thinking nestled in a hidden part of a man's mind, or maybe it's the last stop in the vast design of things - or perhaps, for a man like Gart Williams, who clmbed on a world that went by too fast, it's a place around the bend where he could jump off. Willoughby? Whatever it is, it comes with sunlight and serenity, and is part of the Twilight Zone."
Joey, convinced he'll never amount to anything, throws himself in front of a truck. He wakes up to find himself all alone on the street at night. Visiting several of his regular haunts, he cannot find anyone he knows. And the people that are there can't see or hear him. Failing to see his own reflection in a mirror, Joey believes he must be a ghost. Looking back on his life, Joey realizes it wasn't as bad as he thought. He meets a tall man in a white tuxedo, who explains that it is the other people that are dead, he is simply in limbo between life and death, and which way to go is his choice. Joey chooses life, and is suddenly back on the pavement, just after being hit by the truck, alive and well. That night while playing his trumpet on a rooftop, he meets Nan, a new girl in town, who asks if Joey would show her the sights. He accepts the offer.
"Joey Crown, who makes music, and who discovered something about life; that it can be rich and rewarding and full of beauty, just like the music he played, if a person would only pause to look and to listen. Joey Crown, who got his clue in the Twilight Zone."
James Bevis is an underachiever who on the same day wrecks his automobile, loses his job and gets evicted. Drinking in a bar, he is introduced to his guardian angel and has his life improved. However, the little joys of his life disappear. He decides to go back to his old life although the guardian angel promises to stick around.
"Mr. James B.W. Bevis, who believes in a magic all his own. The magic of a child's smile, the magic of liking and being liked, the strange and wondrous mysticism that is the simple act of living. Mr. James B.W. Bevis, species of twentieth-century male, who has his own private and special Twilight Zone."
Marsha buys a gold thimble from a rude saleslady on the ninth floor. When she goes to complain, she is informed there is no ninth floor. She points out the saleslady, but is shocked to find it is just a store mannequin. She is helped to a store office where she falls asleep. When she wakes up, she finds she is locked in the closed store. She hears voices coming from the mannequins as she wanders through the empty store. She backs into the elevator which takes her to the ninth floor. There the mannequins all come to life one by one, including the saleslady and elevator operator. They explain that she too is a mannequin, and that each of them is allowed a one month journey among humans. She forgot her true identity and didn't return on time. She apologizes, then turns back into a mannequin.
"Marsha White in her normal and natural state: a wooden lady with a painted face who, one month out of the year, takes on the characteristics of someone as normal and as flesh and blood as you and I. But it makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street? A rather good question to ask - particularly in the Twilight Zone."
Victoria West sees her husband and a blonde through a window, sharing drinks. But when she barges into his office, he is alone. Gregory tells her that by describing something into his dictation machine, he can bring anything into being. To make it disappear all he needs to do is throw the tape in the fireplace. He demonstrates by describing an elephant in the hall. Victoria ignores the evidence and informs Gregory she is going to have him committed. Gregory removes an envelope from a wall safe, and tells her it contains the tape that describes her. Victoria grabs the envelope and throws it into the fireplace, and promptly disappears. Gregory quickly begins to redescribe Victoria, then reconsiders and begins to describe Mrs. Mary West. A loving Mary appears mixing her husband a drink.
"Leaving Mr. Gregory West,
still shy, quiet, very happy - and apparently in complete control of the
David Ellington is on a walking trip of Europe following WWI when he gets caught in a storm. He finds a remote hermitage, but is turned away. After he passes out, the monks are forced to take him in. After reviving, he hears a howling that the brothers say they do not hear. Following the sound, he comes upon a cell with an old man locked inside. The old man says he is being held captive by Brother Jerome, who is insane. After confronting Brother Jerome, he confesses that he is holding the old man prisoner, but the old man is actually the Devil! Ellington promises to keep this secret, but as soon as he gets a chance, he returns to the cell and releases the old man - who proceeds to transform into the devil and disappears. Shortly after, WWII breaks out. Ellington devotes his life to recapturing the Devil. He finally does recapture the Devil. As he prepares to leave to make arrangements to ship him back to the hermitage, he tells his housekeeper to pay no mind to the howling. But, as soon as he leaves, she lifts the bar on the door, and the door swings open.
"Ancient folk saying: 'You can catch the Devil, but you can't hold him long.' Ask Brother Jerome. Ask David Ellington. They know, and they'll go on knowing to the end of their days and beyond - in the Twilight Zone."
Janet Tyler anxiously awaits the outcome of her latest surgery. Janet, who's abnormal face has made her an outcast, has had her eleventh hospital visit - the maximum allowed by the State. If it didn't succeed, she will be sent to live in a village where others of her kind are segregated. As her bandages are removed, she is revealed to be very beautiful. The doctor draws back in horror. As the lights come on we see the others, their faces are misshapen and deformed. As Janet runs from her room crying, she runs into another of her kind, a handsome man named Walter Smith. He is in charge of an outcast village, and he assures her that she will eventually feel she belongs. He tells her to remember the old saying: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
"Now the questions that come to mind. Where is this place and when is it, what kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? The answer is, it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out among the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lesson to be learned... in the Twilight Zone."
While waiting for their car to be repaired, Don and Pat grab a quick meal at a local diner. A table top fortune-telling machine catches Don's eye. Although the answers are extremely general, Don soon believes the machine has accurately predicted two events - his promotion, and a near-accident he and Pat have while crossing the street. Don panics and begins feeding pennies into the machine. Pat convinces him that they must make their own future, without the machine. Don comes to his senses, and the couple leaves. Soon after they leave, another couple hurry into the diner and begin putting pennies in the machine. They ask when they might be allowed to leave town.
"Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence - having escaped one of the darker places in the Twilight Zone."
Dr. Loren lives in a house staffed by human-looking robot servants. His daughter Jana believes that her parents' reliance on the robots is turning them into vegetables. She gives her father an ultimatum: dismantle the robots or she leaves. He complies with her wishes. When she tells her parents that she will soon meet a young man and have children of her own, their expressions frighten her. She looks through old photo albums for a picture of herself as a child. She realizes that she is a robot and collapses. Dr. Loren knows things will never be the same, so he reprograms her - as a maid.
"Let this be the postscript: should you be worn out by the rigors of competing in a very competitive world, if you're distraught from having to share your existence with the noises and neuroses of the twentieth century, if you crave serenity but want it full time and with no strings attached, get yourself a workroom in a basement and then drop a note to Dr. and Mrs. William Loren. They're a childless couple who made comfort a life's work, and maybe there are a few do-it-yourself pamphets still available - in the Twilight Zone."
Templeton longs for the years when his beloved wife Laura was still alive. After a young director dresses him down for being late, Templeton rushes from the theater and finds himself back in 1927. He locates Laura in a speakeasy. She is not the Laura he remembered - she is vulgar, self-centered and flirtatious. His memories shattered, he returns to the theater. He looks at several sheets of paper Laura was fanning herself with, and that he accidentally brought back with him. They are pages to a script entitled "What To Do When Booth Comes Back." Booth realizes the whole thing was staged so he would stop living in the past, he returns to the stage, filled with a new self-confidence and ready to start living in the present.
"Mr. Booth Templeton, who shared with most human beings the hunger to recapture the past moments, the ones that soften with the years. But in his case, the characters of his past blocked him out and sent him back to his own time, which is where we find him now. Mr. Booth Templeton, who had a round-trip ticket... into the Twilight Zone."
Chester Diedrich and his wife Paula, after burglarizing a curio shop, end up with a camera that takes pictures of events five minutes into the future. Paula's brother Woodward arrives, as predicted by the camera. He and Chester decide to go to the race track with the camera. They make a killing, but back at the hotel a waiter tells them that an inscription on the camera says, "ten to an owner." Chester and Woodward fight over how to use the remaining pictures, and they both fall out the window. Paula takes a picture of them, and gathers her stuff to leave. Suddenly, the waiter comes back. He has figured out they are crooks and he wants the money. He looks at the picture and notices there are more than two bodies, Paula rushes to look out the window, trips and falls to her death. Then the waiter notices there are four bodies instead of three. With a shout, he falls from the window, too.
"Object known as a camera, vintage uncertain, origin unknown. But for the greedy, the avaricious, the fleet of foot who can run a four-minute mile so long as they're chasing a fast buck, it makes believe that it's an ally, but it isn't at all. It's a beckoning come-on for a quick walk around the block - in the Twilight Zone."
A fast-talking used car salesman, Harvey Hunnicut, gets more than he bargained for when he purchases a Model T that forces him to tell the truth to customers, to his employees and to his wife.. After a few embarrassing situations, he decides to unload the car on the Russian Premier, who would be most humiliated by the truth.
"Couldn't happen, you say? Far-fetched? Way-out? Tilt-of-center? Possible, but the next time you buy an automobile, if it happens to look as if it had just gone through the Battle of the Marne, and the seller is ready to throw into the bargain one of his arms, be particularly careful in explaining to the boss about your grandmother's funeral when you were actually at Chavez Ravine watching the Dodgers. It'll be a fact that you are the proud possessor of an instrument of truth manufactured and distributed by an exclusive dealer in the Twilight Zone."
The woman goes up to her roof to investigate a noise, and finds a flying saucer with two tiny, robot-like creatures emerging from it. The creatures torment the woman, until finally she grabs and batters one of the creatures into lifelessness. With an ax she destroys the saucer. Before the final creature is killed he sends a message to his home planet not to send any more ships to this planet. The lettering on the side of the saucer reads "U.S. Air Force."
"These are the invaders, the tiny beings from the tiny place called Earth, who would take the giant step across the sky to the question marks that sparkle and beckon from the vastness of the universe only to be imagined. The invaders, who found out that a one-way ticket to the stars beyond has the ultimate price tag. And we have just seen it entered in a ledger that covers all the transactions of the universe, a bill stamped 'paid in full,' and to be found... in the Twilight Zone."
Hector pays for a morning paper with a coin that stands on edge. He then finds he has telepathic powers. He informs his boss, Mr. Bagby, that Sykes, a businessman trying to get a large loan is actually going to bet it at the racetrack to try and repay embezzled funds. Sykes leaves in a rage, and Bagby is greatly displeased. Smithers, an old, trusted employee, is thinking of stealing some money, and escaping to Bermuda. A search of his briefcase reveals that Smithers was just daydreaming, and Poole is fired. Later, Mr. Bagby informs him that he was right about Sykes, and offers him his job back. Using information he has about Bagby's weekend plans with his mistress, he is made an office manager. Leaving from work he buys a paper, and knocks the coin he stood on end earlier down, and his psychic abilities disappear.
"One time in a million, a coin will land on its edge, but all it takes to knock it over is a vagrant breeze, a vibration or a slight blow. Hector B. Poole, a human coin, on edge for a brief time - in the Twilight Zone."
After accelerating past three thousand knots, the crew are unable to raise anyone on the radio. Descending below the clouds they see dinosaurs; somehow they have went back in time. They try to catch the tail wind again to return to the present. They succeed, but are confused when the control tower claims to have never heard of radar or jet aircraft. In the distance the crew sees the 1939 World's Fair. They did not come far enough back. Running low on fuel, they attempt to find the tail wind for one last attempt at returning to their time.
"A Global jet airliner, en route from London to New York on an uneventful afternoon in the year 1961, but now reported overdue and missing, and by now, searched for on land, sea, and air by anguished human beings fearful of what they'll find. But you and I know where she is, you and I know what's happened. So if some moment, any moment, you hear the sound of jet engines flying atop the overcast, engines that sound searching and lost, engines that sound desperate, shoot up a flare or do something. That would be Global 33 trying to get home - from the Twilight Zone."
Four thieves rob a bullion train headed to California. They head back to a cave, and use a gas invented by their leader Farwell, and go into suspended animation. One of them is killed by a rock while they're asleep. The rest awake one hundred years later, safe from any police pursuit. DeCruz uses the truck to run over Brooks, but loses control and wrecks it. Farwell and DeCruz must walk through the desert to the nearest town, carrying as much gold as they can. Farwell, the older of the two, quickly tires. He loses his canteen and has to pay DeCruz one gold bar for each sip of water. Then Decruz raises the price to two gold bars, and Farwell kills him with one of the gold bars. Weak and tired, Farwell heads down a highway while carrying the gold he refuses to abandon. Just as he finally collapses, a futuristic car pulls up. He offers his gold in exchange for a ride into town, but it's too late, and he dies - never learning that a way to make gold had been found, making his bullion worthless.
"The last of four Rip Van Winkles who all died precisely the way they lived, chasing an idol across the sand to wind up bleached dry in the hot sun as so much desert flotsam, worthless as the gold bullion they built a shrine to. Tonight's lesson... in the Twilight Zone."
Archie Taylor, a member of an exclusive club, bets another member, Jamie Tennyson, half a million dollars that he can't stay quiet for an entire year. Jamie wins the bet but he can't collect because Archie went bankrupt several years ago. However, in order to ensure winning the bet, Jamie had his vocal chords severed.
Mr. Jamie Tennyson, who almost won a bet, but who discovered somewhat belatedly that gambling can be a most unproductive pursuit, even with loaded dice, marked cards, or as in his case some severed vocal cords. For somewhere beyond him a wheel was turned and his number came up black thirteen. If you don't believe it, ask the croupier, the very special one who handles roulette in the Twilight Zone.
Troopers follow the tracks from a frozen pond, into a diner. Inside they find a soda jerk, a bus driver and his seven passengers. The bus driver is certain only six people boarded his bus. There's two married couples, a businessman, a dancer and an eccentric old man. The troopers give up the investigation when a call comes through that the bridge is safe now, and the bus may continue on. Later, the businessman returns to the diner. The bridge really wasn't safe, the call was an illusion. He is the Martian, advance scout for an invasion force. He proceeds to drink a cup of coffee and smoke a cigarette, using all three of his arms. The soda jerk tells him that he's a Venusian, and that his invasion force has intercepted the Martian fleet. Grinning, he removes his cap, revealing a third eye.
"Incident on a small island, to be believed or disbelieved. However, if a sour-faced dandy named Ross or a big, good-natured counterman who handles a spatula as if he'd been born with one in his mouth, if either of these two entities walks onto your premises, you'd better hold their hands - all three of them - or check the color of their eyes - all three of them. The gentleman in question might try to pull you into... the Twilight Zone."
Romney Wordsworth, a librarian, is declared obsolete in a totalitarian state of the future. However, he is able to trap the Chancellor in his room with the bomb and he gets the Chancellor to invoke the name of god. Because of this action, the members of the state declare the Chancellor obsolete and tear him to pieces.
The Chancellor - the late Chancellor - was only partly correct. He was obsolete. But so was the State, the entity he worshipped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under 'M' for mankind in the Twilight Zone.
A woman wearing a uniform encounters a man dressed in the enemy's uniform. She is very distrustful of him. A while later she admires a dress in a shop window. The man removes it and gives it to her. She changes in an old recruiting office. Seeing the posters reminds her of the war, and she rushes out and fires several rounds at the man. The next day he returns in civilian clothes and she is wearing the dress. She joins him and they walk off together.
"This has been a love story, about two lonely people who found each other... in the Twilight Zone."
During a party for Dr. Stockton, the radio announces that UFOs are headed southeast and that everyone should head for their shelters. The Doc, his wife and son barricade themselves in their shelter, but their neighbors are unprepared and beg to be let in. Doc refuses saying there is only food and air for three. The neighbors find a pipe and beat the door down. Just then, the radio announces that the UFOs were really just satellites. The neighbors apologize but Doc knows that the experience has destroyed them all.
"No moral, no message, no prophetic tract, just a simple statement of fact: for civilization to survive, the human race has to remain civilized. Tonight's very small exercise in logic from the Twilight Zone."
Alone in a pool hall, Jesse Cardiff wishes he could play the late Fats Brown and prove that he, not Fats, is the greatest pool player. Fats appears and challenges him, with Jesse's life at stake. It's a close game, and just as Jesse is about to sink the winning ball, Fats warns him that winning has its own hazards. Jesse ignores him and wins. After he dies he understands Fats warning, he now has to rise to every challenge from ambitious players on Earth.
"Mr. Jesse Cardiff, who became a legend by beating one, but who has found out after his funeral that being the best of anything carries with it a special obligation to keep proving it. Mr. Fats Brown, on the other hand, having relinquished the champion's mantle, has gone fishing. These are the ground rules in the Twilight Zone."
Clemente is told by General DeCruz, the deposed tyrant, that the mirror in his office will reveal the faces of one's assassins. Clemente sees his compatriots coming at him with guns, knives and poisons. He kills them all, but he still feels threatened. He tells a priest of this, and the priest replies that tyrants have only one enemy, one they never recognize. Looking in the mirror after the priest leaves, Clemente sees his own reflection. He shatters the mirror, then shoots himself. The priest rushes in. "The last assassin," he says. "And they never learn. They never seem to learn!"
"Ramos Clemente, a would-be god in dungarees, strangled by an illusion, that will-o'-the-wisp mirage that dangles from the sky in front of the eyes of all ambitious men, all tyrants - and any resemblance to tyrants living or dead is hardly coincidental, whether it be here or in the Twilight Zone."
Sykes is gunned down by a group of townsfolk. Conny Miller, a hired-gun who never caught up with Sykes, learns that before Sykes died, he vowed to reach up and grab Miller if he ever got close to his grave. After accepting a bet that he won't go near the grave, Miller goes to the grave and sticks his knife into the ground, proving he was there. As he stands something grabs him and pulls him down. The next morning a group of people find Miller dead next to Sykes' grave. It appears that the wind had blown Miller's coat over the grave, and he had stuck his knife through it. Sykes's sister mentions that the wind was blowing away from the grave the night before.
"Final comment: you take this with a grain of salt or a shovelful of earth, as shadow or substance, we leave it up to you. And for any further research check under "G" for 'ghost' in the Twilight Zone."
Dan Hollis receives a Perry Como record during a surprise party at the Fremont house. Unable to play it in front of Anthony, he begins to drink heavily. Suddenly he bursts into song. Hollis pleads with the other adults to kill Anthony while he's distracted. None of them move to help, and Anthony turns Dan into a giant jack-in-the-box, and sends him to the cornfield. Anthony then makes it snow outside, which will kill off half of their crops. His father, half-hysterically, tells him it's good that he made it snow.
"No comment here, no comment at all. We only wanted to introduce you to one of our very special citizens, little Anthony Fremont, who lives in a place called Peaksville in a place that used to be Ohio. And if by some strange chance you should run across him, you had best think only good thoughts. Anything less than that is handled at your own risk, because if you do meet Anthony you can be sure of one thing: you have entered the Twilight Zone."
Walking in the old concentration camp, Lutze meets Becker, whom he mistakes for a caretaker. Becker is actually a ghost, and he and the other ghostly inhabitants of the camp have returned to put Lutze on trial. After a trial, Lutze is made to suffer like his victims from years ago. The torture drives him insane. A doctor later wonders what drove Lutze crazy. He then looks around the camp and says, "Dachau, why do we keep it standing?"
"There is an answer to the doctor's question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes - all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk god's Earth."
Norma and Mrs. Bronson remain in their apartments, even after most people have left town. A man breaks into Norma's apartment and drinks the last of her water. He then apologizes and leaves. Later, as the temperature increases, Mrs. Bronson dies. The paintings melt and a thermometer bursts. Norma screams and collapses. When she awakens it's dark and snowing. She was just dreaming - The Earth is actually heading away from the sun.
"The poles of fear, the extremes of how the Earth might conceivably be doomed. Minor exercise in the care and feeding of a nightmare, respectfully submitted by all thermometer-watchers in the Twilight Zone."
Alan Richards plans to build a dam in Africa on a tribe's ancestral land. The tribe's voodoo doctor puts a lion curse on him. He doesn't believe in that sort of thing, but he is shocked when he finds a dead goat on his doorstep. Leaving a bar late at night he begins to hear jungle sounds. He hops in a taxi, but then at a stoplight finds the driver dead. He gets out and runs home. When he gets there however, he discovers his wife dead - killed by a lion who sees Alan and pounces.
"Some superstitions, kept alive by the long night of ignorance, have their own special power. You'll hear of it through a jungle grapevine in a remote corner of the Twilight Zone."
The five characters are trapped in a cylinder with no memory of how they arrived there. The Major hits on the idea of forming a human ladder to reach the top. After reaching the rim, the Major loses his balance and falls into the snow below. The mystery is solved - they are dolls in a Christmas toy donation barrel. A child picks the Major up and returns him to the barrel.
"Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing but love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as the Twilight Zone."
Wanda Dunn is so scared that "Mr. Death" will kill her with his touch, she has barricaded herself in her apartment for years. When a policeman is shot outside her door, she overcomes her fear and drags him inside. A man breaks into her apartment, and Wanda thinking it's Mr. Death, faints. When she comes to, he explains he is a building contractor and that he is to demolish the building the next day. After he leaves Wanda realizes that he couldn't see the policeman - he is Mr. Death. But rather than being a monster, she sees him as a gentle deliverer. She takes his hand and he leads her outside into the sunlight.
"There was an old woman who lived in a room and, like all of us, was frightened of the dark, but who discovered in the minute last fragment of her life that there was nothing in the dark that wasn't there when the lights were on. Object lesson for the more frightened amongst us - in or out of the Twilight Zone."
An eccentric millionaire, Paul Radin, plans an elaborate practical joke on the three people who nearly ruined his life. He fakes a nuclear armageddon and forces them to apologize to him in order to stay in his shelter. However, the three people refuse to stay with him and he is driven insane by the entire experience.
"Mr. Paul Radin, a dealer in fantasy, who sits in the rubble of his own making and imagines that he's the last man on Earth, doomed to a perdition of unutterable loneliness because a practical joke has turned into a nightmare. Mr. Paul Radin, pallbearer at a funeral that he manufactured himself in the Twilight Zone."
Hyder Simpson and his dog Rip dive into a lake after a raccoon. Only the raccoon emerges. He and Rip awaken the next morning next to the lake. When he gets home he finds that no one can see or hear him, not even his wife - they all think he's dead. He finds a fence beside the graveyard and follows it to a gate. The man at the gate tells him it is the gate to Heaven, but dogs aren't allowed. Hyder takes Rip and leaves. Further down the road he meets an angel. The angel explains that the gate was actually the gate to Hell, and Rip wasn't allowed in because he could have smelled the brimstone.
"Travellers to unknown regions would be well-advised to take along the family dog. He could just save you from entering the wrong gate. At least, it happened that way once - in a mountainous area of the Twilight Zone."
The Kanamits arrive on Earth, and immediately start helping man. They appear totally trustworthy and full of goodwill. This idea is backed up when they leave a book titled "To Serve Man" at the U.N. Michael Chambers, a decoding expert, along with thousands of other people book passage to the Kanamit's home panet. Meanwhile, Michael's assistant Pat is trying to decode the book left by the Kanamits. As Michael is boarding the Kanamit spacecraft, Pat runs up and tells Michael she has finished translating the book - it's a cookbook! Michael tries to escape, but is forced back inside by a Kanamit, and the craft leaves.
"The recollections of one Michael Chambers, with appropriate flashbacks and soliloquy. Or more simply stated, the evolution of a man, the cycle of going from dust to dessert, the metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone's soup. It's tonight's bill of fare on the Twilight Zone."
Two men are looking for Ben, an old man with the ability to change his form. Ben tells Jenny, a friend of his with a leg brace, that he is a fugitive from outer space. Before he leaves, he uses a device to fix Jenny's leg. When the men pursuing Ben arrive, they use a similar device to make Jenny ill. The trap works, and Ben returns and cures Jenny. It turns out Ben is not a criminal, but a ruler of a planet, and the men were sent to convince him to return. He agrees, but they refuse to let him take Jenny. Jenny has a plan; they ask for a moment alone to say goodbye. When the men return they find two Jennys. Unable to tell which one is real, they take both.
"Mrs. Gann will be in for a big surprise when she finds this [photo of a young man] under Jenny's pillow, because Mrs. Gann has more temper than imagination. She'll never dream that this is a picture of Old Ben as he really looks, and it will never occur to her that eventually her niece will grow up to be an honest-to-goodness queen - somewhere in the Twilight Zone."
Tina Miller rolls under her bed and disappears. Her father calls a friend, Bill, a physicist. The family dog runs under the bad and disappears also. Bill believes Tina fell through a hole into another dimension. Chris Miller puts his arm through the wall trying to grab hold of Tina. He falls forward and halfway through the hole. He sees a twisted, distorted world. He calls the dog, who then leads Tina to him. He grabs them both and Bill pulls all three back through the hole, which then closes. Bill says, "Another few seconds and half of you would have been here, and the other half...."
"The other half where? The fourth dimension? The fifth? Perhaps. They never found the answer. Despite a battery of research physicists equipped with every device known to man, electronic and otherwise, no result was ever achieved, except perhaps a little more respect for and uncertainty about the mechanisms of the Twilight Zone."
David Gurney wakes up to find that no one - his wife, his co-workers, his best friend, not even his own mother knows him. He is put in an asylum, but escapes and finds a picture of himself and his wife, proving who he is. When the police arrive, the picture has changed and only shows David by himself. He falls to the floor and wakes up in his bed. It was just a dream. His wife gets up and goes to the bathroom to remove some cream from her face. When she returns David is shocked to see that although she talks the same as always, she looks nothing like the wife he knows.
"A case of mistaken identity or a nightmare turned inside out? A simple loss of memory or the end of the world? David Gurney may never find the answer, but you can be sure he's looking for it - in the Twilight Zone."
Fletcher and Craig set down in the canyon to repair their ship. While scouting around, Craig finds a city populated by tiny people - no bigger than ants. He begins terrorizing the population by crushing their buildings, and he proclaims himself a god. Fletcher comes to inform him the repairs are done, but Craig pulls a gun on him, and orders him to leave alone; there's no room for two gods. Fletcher leaves, and immediately another ship lands. Two spacemen, big as mountains, emerge. One of them picks Craig up and accidentally crushes him.
"The case of navigator Peter Craig, a victim of a delusion. In this case, the dream dies a little harder than the man. A small exercise in space psychology that you can try on for size - in the Twilight Zone."
Jerry is convinced his dummy, Willy, is alive. When his act with a new dummy named Goofy Goggles goes over well, he locks Willy in a trunk, and leaves the club. But he keeps hearing Willy's voice. He rushes back to the club and takes Willy out and smashes him to bits. However, when he's finished he notices he has destroyed Goofy Goggles, not Willy. Later, Jerry and Willy perform on stage. Willy has become the ventriloquist, and Jerry is the dummy.
"What's known in the parlance of the times as the old switcheroo, from boss to blockhead in a few easy lessons. And if you're given to nightclubbing on occasion, check this act. It's called Willy and Jerry, and they generally are booked into some clubs along the 'Gray Night Way' known as the Twilight Zone."
"A fable? Most assuredly. But who's to say at some distant moment there might not be an assembly line producing a gentle product in the form of a grandmother whose stock in trade is love? Fable, sure - but who's to say?."
After fifty-one years of teaching, Professor Ellis Fowler is informed he is to be forcibly retired. He decides his teaching has never made a difference, he takes a pistol to the school and plans to shoot himself. Inside the school he hears a bell, and enters a classroom. There he sees ghosts of some of his now-deceased students. They convince him that he did make a difference in their lives. He returns home knowing that he did make a difference, and ready to accept retirement.
"Professor Ellis Fowler, teacher, who discovered rather belatedly something of his own value. A very small scholastic lesson, from the campus of the Twilight Zone."
A man, Alan Talbot, keeps hearing electronic noises in his head. He kills a lady at the subway station, and then goes to pick up his fianceé Jessica. They are going to visit his aunt, but when they arrive, nothing is as he remembers it; buildings he doesn't recall, the university he works at is just an empty field, and his key doesn't fit the lock at his aunt's house. His parent's grave markers are replaced with a Walter Ryder and his wife. He looks up Walter Ryder, Jr. in the phone book, and pays him a visit. His key fits this door, and he meets his exact duplicate - Walter Ryder, Jr. Walter explains that Alan is a robot created by himself, and that he attacked Walter and ran off several days before. The two men begin to struggle. Later, Alan appears at Jessica's door and assures her everthing will be fine. It is not Alan, but Walter. Alan has been de-activated.
"In a way, it can be said that Walter Ryder succeeded in his life's ambition, even though the man he created was, after all, himself. There may be easier ways to self-improvement, but sometimes it happens that the shortest distance between two points is a crooked line - through the Twilight Zone."
Captain Bell and his crew are investigating a sunken submarine, when they pick up a tapping sound coming from inside it. Captain Bell sees the ghosts of young seamen in the corridor, and he confesses to the ship's doctor that he was on the sub, and it was his fault it sank. He thens jumps overboard and drowns. Later, a diver reports that a section of periscope was loose and that was the source of the tapping. However, one of the dead crewmen did have a hammer in his hand.
"Small naval engagement, the month of April, 1963. Not to be found in any historical annals. Look for this one filed under 'H' for haunting - in the Twilight Zone."
A man, Philip Redfield, stops for gas in a small town. He learns that the inhabitants are in possession of several "devices" that can move matter, and reverse time, among other things. He tries to escape, but runs into a force field protecting the city. Back in town a device is aimed at him, and suddenly he is back in his car with no memory of the town.
"You've seen them. Little towns, tucked away far from the main roads. You've seen them, but have you thought about them? Have you wondered what the people do in such places, why they stay? Philip Redfield thinks about them now and he wonders, but only very late at night, when he's between wakefulness and sleep - in the Twilight Zone."
After receiving guidance from a mystery man, Peter Vollmer becomes a popular neo-nazi speaker. A life-long friend, Ernst Ganz, interrupts one of his speeches and slaps Peter viciously. The crowd then sees Peter as he really is - a pathetic little man. His mystery man reveals himself to be Adolf Hitler, and orders Peter to kill Ernst. He obeys, and is later shot by police. Peter can't believe he's been shot. "There's something wrong here... Don't you understand that I'm made out of steel," he says after being shot.
"Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare - Chicago; Los Angeles; Miami, Florida; Vincennes, Indiana; Syracuse, New York? Anyplace, everyplace, where there's hate, where there's prejudice, where there's bigotry. He's alive. He's alive so long as these evils exist. Remember that when he comes to your town. Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others. Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He's alive because through these things we keep him alive."
After her parents are killed in a fire, Ilse is taken in by the town Sheriff and his wife. She was an experiment to her parents, and she is able to communicate only telepathically, she is believed to be mute. A teacher discovers that she is telepathic, and has the whole class think her name. She finally yells out, "My name is Ilse!" Her telepathic abilities destroyed, she stays with the only family who has ever loved her.
"It has been noted in a book of proven wisdom that perfect love casteth out fear. While it's unlikely that this observation was meant to include that specific fear which follows the loss of extrasensory perception, the principle remains, as always, beautifully intact. Case in point, that of Ilse Nielsen, former resident of the Twilight Zone."
When they land, Captain Ross and crew find a duplicate crashed spaceship, with an identical crew killed in the crash. After each member of the crew has hallucinations involving dead friends and relatives, they are convinced they are dead. Suddenly, they are back in space about to land.
"Picture of a man who will not see anything he does not choose to see - including his own death. A man of such indomitable will that even the two men beneath his command are not allowed to see the truth; which truth is, that they are no longer among the living, that the movements they make and the words they speak have all been made and spoken countless times before - and will be made and spoken countless times again, perhaps even unto eternity. Picture of a latter-day Flying Dutchman, sailing into the Twilight Zone."
Jess-Belle is determined that Billy-Ben Turner and Ellwyn Glover not marry. She enlists the aid of a local witch who casts a spell that makes Billy-Ben completely forget Ellwyn, and fall madly in love with Jess-Belle. Jess-Belle learns what the price for the spell was when midnight comes and she transforms into a leopard until dawn. A hunting party finds the leopard and shoots it, and it disappears in a cloud of smoke. A year later when Billy-Ben is preparing to marry Ellwyn, Jess-Belle reappears. Billy-Ben learns from the local witch to kill Jess-Belle he must stab one of her dresses with silver. He returns home to find Ellwyn possesses by Jess-Belle. He grabs one of her dresses and stabs it. Jess-Belle appears in the dress then disappears for good.
No closing narration. It ends with a folk song heard at the beginning of the episode:
'Fair was Elly Glover,
Dark was Jess-Belle.
Both they loved the same man,
And both they loved him well.'
Douglas Winter's paper, The Courier, is in financial trouble. Mr. Smith appears and offers to pay off the debts, and run the linotype machine. Douglas agrees, but soon regrets when he realizes Mr. Smith is the devil. Mr. Smith offers him a contract guaranteeing The Courier's success in exchange for Doug's soul. Afraid of losing Mr. Smith, he agrees. Mr. Smith proceeds to cause all kinds of disasters. Doug asks him to stop, and Mr. Smith makes him another offer: He'll stop if Doug will kill himself. He agrees, but gets an idea. He sets in type a story that says he and the devil's contract is void, and that Mr. Smith is banished from Earth. He decides to run the paper fair and square; the first thing is to destroy that linotype machine.
"Exit the infernal machine, and with it his satanic majesty, Lucifer, prince of darkness - otherwise known as Mr. Smith. He's gone, but not for good; that wouldn't be like him - he's gone for bad. And he might be back, with another ticket to - the Twilight Zone."
Paul Driscoll uses a time machine to try and change three past events: the bombing of Hiroshima, Hitler's rise to power and the sinking of the Lusitania. He fails miserably at all of them, and decides to escape to the past. He picks Homeville, Indiana. After learning from a history book he's brought along that a fire, started by runaway horses, will burn down a school and injure several children. He sees the wagon with the horses, and in trying to convince the owner to unhitch them, he frightens the horses and they start the fire. Driscoll returns to the present, content to leave the past alone.
"Incident on a July afternoon, 1881. A man named Driscoll who came and went and, in the process, learned a simple lesson, perhaps best said by a poet named Lathbury, who wrote, 'Children of yesterday, heirs of tomorrow, what are you weaving? Labor and sorrow? Look to your looms again, faster and faster fly the great shuttles prepared by the master. Life's in the loom, room for it - room!' Tonight's tale of clocks and calendars - in the Twilight Zone."
Gaines arrives back on Earth with his capsule in perfect condition, even though it had no landing gear. He notices several differences in this world, and decides he is in parallel world. He runs for his capsule, and is suddenly back in his capsule ready for splash-down. He tells General Eaton and Colonel Connacher the story, and that he was a colonel in the other world. They don't believe him, but then an officer comes in and says they picked up an unidentified spacecraft on radar for a few seconds, and the radio message was from a Colonel Robert Gaines.
"Major Robert Gaines, a latter-day voyager just returned from an adventure. Submitted to you without any recommendations as to belief or disbelief. You can accept or reject; you pays your money and you takes your choice. But credulous or incredulous, don't bother to ask anyone for proof that it could happen. The obligation is a reverse challenge: prove that it couldn't. This happens to be... the Twilight Zone."
George P. Hanley buys a lamp for a secretary's birthday at work. After another co-worker gives her a present of lingerie, George decides to keep the lamp. Later at home, he tries to shine it, and out comes a genie. He says George can have one wish. George fantasizes several situations involving various wishes, and they all end in disaster. He finally decides what he wants his wish to be. Later, a bum finds the lamp and rubs it. A genie appears, and it's George!
"Mr. George P. Hanley. Former vocation: jerk. Present vocation: genie. George P. Hanley, a most ordinary man whom life treated without deference, honor or success, but a man wise enough to decide on a most extraordinary wish that makes him the contented, permanent master of his own altruistic Twilight Zone."
After being told that Ferguson's Wax Museum is closing, Martin convinces the owner to allow him to take five wax figures that have special meaning for him. They are five mass murderers. After they come to life and kill his wife, her brother and Mr. Ferguson, Martin tells them he is going to destroy them. They come alive and tell him that it is he, not them, that killed these people. Later, at a museum, a guide is explaining the details of the murders these men commited when he comes to a new exhibit. It depicts a man who killed his wife, brother-in-law and employer - it's Martin Lombard Senescu!
"The new exhibit became very popular at Marchand's, but of all the figures none was ever regarded with more dread than that of Martin Lombard Senescu. It was something about the eyes, people said. It's the look that one often gets after taking a quick walk through the Twilight Zone."
After talking to Mr. Hecate, the building janitor, about how bored he is, Feathersmith makes a deal with the devil to return, with his memory intact, to the past, so he can start over. His fortune, all but fourteen hundred dollars is the price. He buys oil deeds without realizing the oil is inaccessible to the drills of those days. He wants to return to the present, and the devil agrees - for forty dollars. Mr. Hecate comes walking by, and Feathersmith sells him the oil deeds for forty dollars. He returns to the present, but things have changed - He is the janitor and Hecate is the wealthy businessman.
"Mr. William J. Feathersmith, tycoon, who tried the track one more time and found it muddier than he remembered - proving with at least a degree of conclusiveness that nice guys don't always finish last, and some people should quit when they're ahead. Tonight's tale of iron men and irony, delivered f.o.b. from the Twilight Zone."
Horace visits his old neighborhood and sees children from his past. He follows them and hears them talking about a kid who slighted them by not inviting them to his birthday party. He returns the next night and learns it is he that offended them years ago. Suddenly, he's a child again and the other kids jump on him and beat him. His memories of a perfect childhood shattered he returns home, ready to start living in the present.
"Exit Mr. and Mrs. Horace Ford, who have lived through a bizarre moment not to be calibrated on normal clocks or watches. Time has passed, to be sure, but it's the special time in the special place known as - the Twilight Zone."
Benteen has kept the colony alive with tales of the greatness of Earth. When the rescue ship comes, he realizes his power over everyone is going to be gone when they leave the planet. He tells them Earth is really hell, an awful place, and that they'll die if they go there. No one believes him, and he says he's staying. As the spaceship is preparing to leave, he returns to the caves and pretends everyone is still there. While talking about Earth, he suddenly remembers what he has been saying for so long. He runs out but the ship is gone. He is left there all alone.
"William Benteen, who had prerogatives: he could lead, he could direct, dictate, judge, legislate. It became a habit, then a pattern and finally a necessity. William Benteen, once a god - now a population of one."
Instead of the cruise bringing them closer together, the Ransome's agree to get a divorce when they return home. Eileen disappears, and when Allan finds her she is wearing a nightgown that a passenger wore on her honeymoon. Seeing her, Allan realizes how much he still loves her. The passengers force them into a lifeboat, with plenty of provisions, and set them adrift. The Lady Anne sails off.
"The Lady Anne never reached port. After they were picked up by a cutter a few hours later, as Captain Protheroe had promised, the Ransomes searched the newspaper for news - but there wasn't any news. The Lady Anne with all her crew and all her passengers vanished without a trace. But the Ransomes knew what had happened, they knew that the ship had sailed off to a better port - a place called the Twilight Zone."
Julius Moomer uses a black magic book to summon Shakespeare, who then writes a brilliant teleplay for TV. Moomer becomes a celebrity which angers Shakespeare. He watches a rehearsal of his script and is shocked by the changes made and leaves. Moomer is enlisted to write a two-and-half-hour television show on history. He thinks he's lost, until he remembers the black magic book, and enlists the aid of several characters from the past.
"Mr. Julius Moomer, a streetcar conductor with delusions of authorship. And if the tale just told seems a little tall, remember a thing called poetic license - and another thing called the Twilight Zone."
Mr. Wilson sees a creature on the wing of his airplane, but no one believes him. Seeing that the creature is about to destroy the engine, he takes a sleeping policeman's gun, opens a hatch, and empties the gun into the creature. It is hit and gets swept off the wing. Mr. Wilson is taken off the plane in a straitjacket, convinced that he saved the plane.
"The flight of Mr. Robert Wilson has ended now, a flight not only from point A to point B, but also from the fear of recurring mental breakdown. Mr. Wilson has that fear no longer, though, for the moment, he is, as he has said, alone in this assurance. Happily, his conviction will not remain isolated too much longer, for happily, tangible manifestation is very often left as evidence of trespass, even from so intangible a quarter as the Twilight Zone."
McNulty meets a man named Potts in a bar. Potts gives him a stopwatch that can stop time. When he tries to show his friends, they are unaware of anything happening. McNulty decides to freeze time and rob a bank. As he is wheeling out his cash, he drops the watch and is stuck forever in a timeless world.
"Mr. Patrick Thomas McNulty, who had a gift of time. He used it and he misused it, now he's just been handed the bill. Tonight's tale of motion and McNulty - in the Twilight Zone."
Erich Streator doesn't like the new doll his wife has bought for his step-daughter. His dislike grows when the doll tells him she doesn't like him. After trying to get rid of the doll, he agrees to let his step-daughter keep it. Investigating a noise one night, he trips over the doll on the stairs and falls to his death.
"Of course, we all know dolls can't really talk, and they certainly can't commit murder. But to a child caught in the middle of turmoil and conflict, a doll can become many things: friend, defender, guardian. Especially a doll like Talky Tina, who did talk and did commit murder - in the misty region of the Twilight Zone."
Cook learns that his home planet has been destroyed. He discovers a footprint and eventually a woman. Her name is Norda, a space traveller in the same predicament as Cook. They learn each others first name, his is Adam, her's is Eve. Eve names the new planet - Earth.
"Do you know these people? Names familiar, are they? They lived a long time ago. Perhaps they're part fable, perhaps they're part fantasy. And perhaps the place they're walking to now is is not really called 'Eden.' We offer it only as a presumption. This has been the Twilight Zone."
National Guardsmen on maneuvers near Little Big Horn believe they are about to meet the past and the massacre that occured at Little Big Horn. They make it to the battle and charge into it. Later, their superiors find no sign of them, until they check the names of the dead listed at the Custer Battlefield National Memorial.
"Sergeant William Conners, Trooper Michael McCluskey and Trooper Richard Langsford, who on a hot afternoon in June made a charge over a hill - and never returned. Look for this one under 'P' for phantom, in a historical ledger located in a reading room known as the Twilight Zone."
Oliver tries to forget the accident, but his car won't let him. The car horn starts honking at night, and the lights flash on and off. While trying to walk to work, his car almost runs him down. He gets in it and allows it to drive him to the police station.
"All persons attempting to conceal criminal acts involving their cars are hereby warned: check first to see that underneath that chrome there does not lie a conscience, especially if you're driving along a rain-soaked highway in the Twilight Zone."
Before leaving on his mission, Douglas meets a woman, Sandra Horn. They fall in love, but realize it can't work: when he returns from he trip he'll still be young, while she will be an old woman. When Douglas leaves, Sandra has herself put in suspended animation. When Douglas returns she is revived, but the doctor has some bad news: six months into the mission, Douglas came out of suspended animation for her. Now he is an old man, and she is still young.
"Commander Douglas Stansfield, one of the forgotten pioneers of the space age. He's been pushed aside by the flow of progress and the passage of years - and the ferocious travesty of fate. Tonight's tale of the ionosphere and irony, delivered from - the Twilight Zone."
In the hospital, Ross trades his broken hand, for a cold from his roomate. Using his new-found talent, he trades forty-six years of his life to a millionaire for a million dollars and a nice apartment. He then buys back the years from a variety of young men, a few years at a time. Realizing the girl of his dreams wants a man with compassion, he convinces her father to sell him his. When he goes to ask for her father's blessing, the old man, compassionless now, shoots Salvadore and kills him.
"The Salvadore Ross program for self-improvement. The all-in-one, sure-fire success course that lets you lick the bully, learn the language, dance the tango and anything else you want to do - or think you want to do. Money-back guarantee. Offer limited to ... th Twilight Zone."
Marilyn Cuberle doesn't want to submit to the Transformation, a supposedly voluntary operation that makes them identical to everyone else. Her family and friends try and convince her to go ahead with the Transformation. She tries to escape from a hospital, and ends up in a room with a doctor and nurse. She emerges from the hospital looking and thinking just like everyone else.
"Portrait of a young lady in love - with herself. Improbable? Perhaps. But in an age of plastic surgery, body building and an infinity of cosmetics, let us hesitate to say impossible. These and other strange blessings may be waiting in the future - which after all, is the Twilight Zone."
Steve, Scott and Fred are part of an invasion force from space. Scott falls for a local girl, and when he overhears plans to poison the water supply, he tries to warn her. She is convinced he is crazy, and when he returns the sheriff, with several men in white coats, is waiting for him. The sheriff and attendants are part of the invasion, and they take Scott away where he won't interfere with their plans.
"Portrait of an American family on the eve of invasion from outer space. Of course, we know it's merely fiction - an yet, think twice when you drink your next glass of water. Find out if it's from your local reservoir, or possibly it came direct to you ... from the Twilight Zone."
James Elwood replaces a computer programmer who has gone mad working on Agnes. After Agnes gives him bad advice about his love life, the computer tells him it's in love with him. He goes crazy, and as the next programmer comes in, he tells him he doesn't stand a chance against Agnes.
"Advice to all future male scientists: be sure you understand the opposite sex, especially if you intend being a computer expert. Otherwise, you may find yourself, like poor Elwood, defeated by a jealous machine, a most dangerous sort of female, whose victims are forever banished - to the Twilight Zone."
Suspecting that Pamela Morris and Constance Taylor, an actress from many years ago, is the same person, he confronts Pamela. She drugs his coffee, then admits she really was a queen of the Nile. She uses a scarab and drains Herrick's life and uses it on herself.
"Everybody knows Pamela Morris, the beautiful and eternally young movie star. Or does she have another name, even more famous, an Egyptian name from centuries past? It's best not to be too curious, lest you wind up like Jordan Herrick, a pile of dust and old clothing, discarded in the endless eternity of the Twilight Zone."
Jason Foster, knowing he is dying, summons his heirs to a Mardi Gras party. He gives each a grotesque mask that reflects their true nature. Fearing they'll be disinherited, they put on the masks. At midnight Jason dies, his family, glad he is gone, removes their masks. To their horror, they discover their faces are permanently disfigured; each matches the masks they were wearing.
"Mardi Gras incident, the dramatis personae being four people who came to celebrate and in a sense let themselves go. This they did with a vengeance. They now wear the faces of all that was inside them - and they'll wear them for the rest of their lives, said lives now to be spent in shadow. Tonight's tale of men, the macabre and masks - on the Twilight Zone."
Bob and Millie wake up to find they are in a strange town. Everything appears to be props - trees, animals even cars. They try to catch a train and are picked up by a giant hand. They have been abducted by a giant alien, and are now the toys of his daughter.
"The moral of what you've just seen is clear. If you drink, don't drive. And if your wife has had a couple, she shouldn't drive either. You might both just wake up with a whale of a headache in a deserted village in the Twilight Zone."
Mr. Garrity promises the townspeople that at midnight, all the inhabitants of the town cemetery will get up and return to life. As the time grows nearer, people start to have second thoughts and convince Mr. Garrity, for a price, to cancel his services. As he leaves town he fails to notice the cemetery and all its inghabitants rising and returning to town.
"Exit Mr. Garrity, a would-be charlatan, a make-believe con man and a sad misjudger of his own talents. Respectfully submitted from an empty cemetery on a dark hillside that is one of the slopes leading to the Twilight Zone."
By automating his plant, Wallace puts thousands out of work. After a former employee, Dickerson, tries to destroy the computers, Whipple has him arrested. Later Whipple is fired and replaced by a robot.
"There are many bromides applicable here - too much of a good thing, tiger by the tail, as you sow so shall you reap. The point is that too often man becomes clever instead of becoming wise, he becomes inventive but not thoughtful - and sometimes, as in the case of Mr. Whipple, he can create himself right out of existence. Tonight's tale of oddness and obsolescence from the Twilight Zone."
While searching for a folk song, Floyd hears a girl humming a tune outside a store. He finds Mary Rachel who's engaged to Billy Rayford. Suddenly, Billy appears and threatens Floyd. Floyd hits him with his guitar and kills him. The tape recording of Mary Rachael starts to play, and now there's a lyric about Floyd killing Billy. Mary Rachael tells him not to run because Billy will catch him again, like he always does. Confused, Floyd goes back to the store, and kills the old man after he refuses to help him. But by then, Billy is back at the store.
"In retrospect, it may be said of Mr. Floyd Burney that he achieved that final dream of the performer: eternal top-name billing, not on the fleeting billboards of the entertainment world, but forever recorded among the folk songs of the Twilight Zone."
Trooper Franklin investigates lights in the sky reported by Charlotte Scott. While there his car is flipped over. Later he finds his car has been righted and there are huge fingerprints on the side. Next morning they see a huge, one-eyed space man. Franklin shoots it and it collapses - it was just a baloon. They find the real aliens, tiny creatures that flee at the sight of the huge humans.
"Fear, of course, is extremely relative. It depends on who can look down and who must look up. It depends on other vagaries, like the time, the mood, the darkness. But it's been said before, with great validity, that the worst thing there is to fear is fear itself. Tonight's tale of terror and tiny people on the Twilight Zone."
Jeb and Sport follow a boy into their swimming pool. They emerge in a paradise of happy children, presided over by Aunt T, a loving old lady. She explains this is a haven for children who's parents don't love them. Sport objects, saying their parents love them. Believing there arrival was a mistake, she sends them back home. When they arrive, their parents tell them they are getting a divorce, and they must choose which parent to live with. Rather than choose, they dive back into the pool and return to Aunt T forever.
"A brief epilogue for concerned parents. Of course, there isn't any such place as the gingerbread house of Aunt T, and we grownups know there's no door at the bottom of a swimming pool that leads to a secret place. But who can say how real the fantasy world of lonely children can become? For Jeb and Sport Sharewood, the need for love turned fantasy into reality; they found a secret place - in the Twilight Zone."
Grandma Bayles gives her five year-old grandson a toy phone for his birthday. Soon after she dies, and Billy is very upset. He quickly seems better while spending all his time talking into the toy phone. He tells his parents that Grandma is on the phone, and that she is lonely and wants him to come visit. His parent's dismiss this as a child's imagination, until he throws himself in front of a car. Billy tells his parent's that "someone" told him to do it. Late one night, his mother, hearing him talking on the toy phone, rushes in and grabs the phone - and hears breathing on the other end. Billy runs out of the house and tries to drown himself in the fish pond. A fire rescue team has no luck at reviving him. His father goes into his room and picks up the phone, and begins to plead with his mother to let Billy live. He tells her that if she really loves Billy she would allow him to grow up. Suddenly, Billy begins to respond.
"A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow - but all of it very much a part of the Twilight Zone."
Elva Keene begins receiving strange phone calls. She finally tells whoever is at the other end to leave her alone. She then finds that the calls were coming from a telephone line lying on the grave of her ex-fiancée Brian, who always did what she wanted. She gets home and picks up the phone to talk to him, but he says he always does what she says, and she told him to leave her alone. And then the line goes dead.
"According to the bible, god created the heavens and the Earth. It is man's prerogative - and woman's - to create their own particular and private hell. Case in point, Miss Elva Keene, who in every sense has made her own bed and now must lie in it, sadder, but wiser, by dint of a rather painful lesson in responsibility, transmitted from the Twilight Zone."