Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 4

A Kind of a Stopwatch (18 Oct. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" A Kind of a Stopwatch (original title)

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A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.

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McNulty
Herbie Faye ...
Joe Belucci
Leon Belasco ...
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Mr. Cooper
Dick Wessel ...
Charlie (as Richard Wessel)
Ray Kellogg ...
Fred (as Ray Kellog)
Ken Drake ...
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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 Dane Youssef

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One of only three episodes to feature the line "Submitted for your approval" during Rod Serling's opening narration, which is probably the phrase most closely associated with the show that comes from those monologues. See more »

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During the conversation between McNulty and Joe the bartender in the first bar scene the position of the popcorn bowl, the beer glass and the ashtray repeatedly change. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Submitted for your approval or at least your analysis: one Patrick Thomas McNulty, who, at age forty-one, is the biggest bore on Earth. He holds a ten-year record for the most meaningless words spewed out during a coffee break. And it's very likely that, as of this moment, he would have gone through life in precisely this manner, a dull, argumentative bigmouth who sets back the art of conversation a thousand years. I say very likely would have except for something that will ...
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Very satisfying and suitably ironic
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this episode, our anti-hero obtains a stopwatch that somehow has the ability to stop time. At first, it's a cute gimmick, but later, greed sets in and the man decides to use this watch to get rich. He decides he can rob banks and stores and no one will ever catch him because all this can be done in a blink of an eye. From the moment he stops the watch until he restarts it, time is frozen and he can do whatever he wants with impunity. Naturally, being The Twilight Zone, there is a major catch, as in the twist ending, everything comes for naught.

Aside from excellent writing, this episode excels because you can't help but wonder what you'd do if ever this impossible situation actually were to happen to you! Exciting and satisfying--give this one a watch.


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