Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.
Ad agency executive Garth Williams has had a particularly rough day - his young protégé has left to work at another agency and took a $3 million account him. He falls asleep on the train home and wakes up in another place and another time. It's July 1888 and he's in the village of Willoughby, a peaceful town where life is easy. He comes to back in his own time but as the pressures of works and his home life continue to mount, he decides Willoughby is exactly where he would like to spend the rest of days. Written by
The original draft of this story was considered for the pilot episode of the series but eventually rejected. It was later rewritten for this end of season one episode. See more »
Just before Gart Williams enters the restroom, the office assistant tells him his boss wants to talk to him. He uses the phone and hangs the receiver up backwards (cord across the dial). When he returns to the desk, after breaking the mirror, the receiver is hung up correctly. See more »
This is Gart Williams, age thirty-eight, a man protected by a suit of armor, all held together by one bolt. Just a moment ago, someone removed the bolt, and Mr. Williams' protection fell away from him and left him a naked target. He's been cannonaded this afternoon by all the enemies of his life. His insecurity has shelled him, his sensitivity has straddled him with humiliation, his deep-rooted disquiet about his own worth has zeroed in on him, landed on target, and blown him...
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The really sad thing is the comment someone made that A Stop at Willoughby is dull. It may have moments where the victim is simply sitting on the train, with little happening, but I think this is the point. After years apparently dealing with Mr. Misrell, anyone would wish for peace and a slowed down environment. I guess everyone is entitled to their personal opinion. But, certainly, anyone who would truly see the episode for the first time, would be blown away by the ending. Dull, this I don't understand. The idea is extremely relevant today, in our hyper-speed society, where people get mad if a car honks at them for driving bad while text messaging. I think we don't come close to smelling the flowers often enough.
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