A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Palucci
Leon Belasco ...
Mr. Cooper
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 the phrase usually most associated with the show's monologues. See more »


When the helicopter is shown frozen in flight the blades are shown as a blur, the result of the rotor moving too fast to be caught by the camera's slower frame rate. See more »


Joe: Give me a heart-attack sometime, will ya, McNulty? Leave a tip.
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIV (2003) See more »

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Sneaky Concept That Pays Off
28 August 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Generally light-hearted entry, but with a jarring upshot. Erdman carries the half-hour as the irrepressible braggart, McNulty, who's always dispensing advice, want it or not. He always knows best, whatever the occasion, and it's a tribute to the actor's talent that he makes the character both humorous and not dislikable. McNulty's got nowhere to go after being fired from his job, and except for the gift of the stopwatch would end up an outcast, which ironically happens anyway.

The watch has a magical power to stop time and freeze everything in motion. Press the button again, and everything continues as though nothing happened. I'd never thought of that phenomenon, so right away I'm thinking what I'd do with that power. Anyway, it takes McNulty some time to figure out what he will do, but then there's that ironical upshot. I really liked the episode, though the latent humor is not typical of the series' appeal. But most of all, I'm wondering how they got all those people to freeze in motion while McNulty moves among them. Of course, digital wasn't available, so I'm still wondering. Anyway, kudos to that fine unsung actor Richard Erdman.

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