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
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 »
When McNulty gazes around the bank in the last scene, just before the watch falls, someone "frozen" moves in the background. See more »
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.
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This episode would have fit well in the very first season; it's the usual Serling winning formula (though this is adapted from another writer). Richard Erdman has a ball playing a character we all must surely have worked with at one time or another. The gift of the watch is a bit out-of-the-blue, much the same way the guy in "The Chaser" just happens to show up with a helpful, magical address. And like, like "A Most Unusual Camera", you wonder why the main character doesn't figure out the value of the gift much earlier. Still, it's a classic episode and one any real fan will enjoy, and after watching, you will start realizing how often you've seen stories like this in other TV shows and movies that came after.
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