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Fortune and Men's Weight 

Carla has everyone convinced that the bar's new fortune-telling machine can predict the future. But does that include Diane's fortune that seems to indicate that her relationship with Sam could be in trouble?



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Much to Sam's consternation, the Coach buys a non-returnable fortune-telling scale for the bar. The one who is however most concerned is Carla, who says that the fortunes the scale is spewing out are actually coming true. She believes the scale is possessed and evil. The scale is a big hit with the customers although unlike Carla they are getting their fortunes just for fun to see if they do come true. Diane is one who doesn't believe in the fortune-telling abilities of the scale, that is until she gets her fortune, which says, "deception in romance will prove costly". Obviously Diane did something deceptive against Sam, despite she being a stickler for honesty in a relationship. Later, she admits to Sam the reason for her nervousness and her deception: she went out on a date, albeit harmless one, with another man to an event she knew Sam did not want to attend. Sam thinks that perhaps they should break up as he obviously doesn't fulfill all her needs and she doesn't fulfill all his. ... Written by Huggo

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2 February 1984 (USA)  »

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The title is a play on the first line of Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare: "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes". See more »


Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: How does a beer sound, Norm?
Norm Peterson: I don't know Coach. I usually finish 'em before they get a word in.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Fortune and Men's Weight (#2.17)
8 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The bar has a fortune telling machine and Clara is sure that it really predicts the future. Everyone tries it and she finds to connect the happenings of their days to the fortune predicted. Diane isn't convinced but when she gets her fortune that says that relationship will have trouble she is worried and tells Sam that she went out with a male friend. It was all innocent but Sam is still upset and it causes fight.

The episode has fun moments, especially Clara and her big worried about the machine.

The final fortune was very funny as well.

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