The Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 4

A Kind of a Stopwatch (18 Oct. 1963)

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A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Herbie Faye ...
Joe Belucci
Leon Belasco ...
Mr. Cooper
Dick Wessel ...
Charlie (as Richard Wessel)
Ray Kellogg ...
Fred (as Ray Kellog)
Ken Drake ...


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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18 October 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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 »


McNulty: Say, uh, you wouldn't be interested in having dinner, would ya?
Secretary: If I were starving to death and you were the last man on Earth and it meant my survival, I might be. But I'm not, you're not, and it doesn't, so drift, McNulty.
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIV (2003) See more »

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What Now, McNulty?
5 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Richard Erdman stars as Patrick Thomas McNulty, a most talkative and opinionated man who drives everyone he meets crazy with his endless suggestions and ideas. One day, after losing his job, he meets a mysterious foreign man named Potts in a bar, then buys him a beer. Out of gratitude, Potts gives McNulty a most unusual stopwatch that somehow has the ability to stop time, freezing in place all people(except the holder of course!) This gives McNulty many ideas on how to get ahead(and get revenge) in his life, but after deciding to rob a bank, a disaster occurs... Erdman is most amusing as McNulty, who isn't really that bad, but it has a memorable premise with a most effective payoff.

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