Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 4

A Thing About Machines (28 Oct. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" A Thing About Machines (original title)

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Bartlett Finchley's paranoia about the machines around proves true.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bartlett Finchley
Barney Phillips ...
TV Repairman
Henry Beckman ...
Jay Overholts ...
Margarita Cordova ...
Girl on TV


Bartlett Finchley is an odd man, a writer who contributes to food magazines and the like. He lives alone and is always it seems in need of a repairman for one piece of household equipment or another. As time has gone by, he seems to be in a constant battle with machines - his typewriter, his television - which all have the same message for him: get out of the house. He has no intention of doing so however and the battle begins. Written by garykmcd

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28 October 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Yes, it could just be. It could just be that Mr. Bartlett Finchley succumbed from a heart attack and a set of delusions. It could just be that he was tormented by an imagination as sharp as his wit and as pointed as his dislikes. But as perceived by those attending, this is one explanation that has left the premises with the deceased. Look for it filed under 'M' for Machines - in The Twilight Zone.
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Review TOTALLY missed the humor in this episode
3 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, maybe this isn't the best TZ episode ever. But reviews (including one here) often completely miss the intended tone of this episode.

Take Barbara Stuart's line for example: "In this conspiracy, this mortal combat between you and the appliances... I hope you lose!" The first time I heard that line, I laughed so hard I spit water out my nose.

It wasn't supposed to be anything other than funny.

Of course the shaver is absurd. It's supposed to be. As is the dancing woman on TV, the typewriter etc. Serling doesn't give it away at the end, but clearly Finchley had a much deserved nervous breakdown and was delusional.

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