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Patrick Thomas McNulty, an obnoxious blow-hard who has an opinion for every possible situation and topic there is. People find him insufferable: his co-workers, the regulars at the bar he frequents, his boss as well. McNulty submits a grocery list of suggestions to really turn Cooper Corporations around. His boss, Mr. Cooper, dislikes his ideas wanting to keep his business simple. Cooper discards McNulty, along with all of his ideas. Patrick returns to his local watering hole. The bartender Joe has a talk with McNulty, trying to help him realize that the problem may be McNulty's personality, and the fact that he is responsible for alienating everybody. However, he doesn't drive everyone away tonight. There's one strange little man in a bar who seems as desolate and lonely as he is. A bizarre foreign man by the name of Potts. Well, misery loves company. Patrick buys him a beer. Potts is touched. These poor two seem to be made for each other. Patrick offers him the gift of friendship. ... Written by
This story obviously drew inspiration from a book written by John D. MacDonald and published a year earlier, in 1962 - "The Girl,, the Gold Watch, and Everything". Much later the book was made into a TV movie that was surprisingly loyal to the book's plot and details, only removing a couple of less important characters and scenes. See more »
When McNulty presses the stopwatch everything freezes, including a helicopter in flight. This should mean that he wouldn't be able to move anything or open a door when everything is in its frozen state. See more »
[enters his office where he is frozen, kissing his secretary, backs out]
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This is yet another story of a man given an amazing gift. Because he is such a knucklehead, he can't figure out a way to use it to some advantage. He is an insufferable bore who goes from place to place, driving people to distraction with his stupid comments. He has no off switch. For whatever reason, a barfly gives him a stopwatch. When you push the stem down, it literally stops everything. There is no thought process with this guy. He uses it to play a few tricks. He tries to get his former boss to reproduce it. He has no credibility. Eventually he does what every Twilight Zone bozo does. He figures a way to get rich. He never protects the watch. He goes right into a bank and takes a load of money from the safe. This lack of imagination and stupidity is typical, and, of course, is what the episode is really about.
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