Peeking into the window of her husband Gregory's study, Victoria West sees him with a beautiful woman. When she finally gets into the room however, the woman is nowhere to be found. His explanation is preposterous - he claims that when he speaks into his dictation machine, the characters for his play come to life before his eyes. Victoria's first reaction is that her husband should be committed and a demonstration still doesn't quite convince her. Gregory has something else to show her. Written by
We hope you enjoyed tonight's romantic story on The Twilight Zone. At the same time, we want you to realize that it was, of course, purely fictional. In real life, such ridiculous nonsense could never...
Rod, you shouldn't!
[Gregory interrupts Rod Serling. He walks over to his safe and pulls out a tape marked Rod Serling]
I mean, you shouldn't say such things as "nonsense" and "ridiculous!"
[Gregory continues as he throws the tape into the fire]
Well, that's the way it goes.
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Considering the overall atmosphere of TZ's first season, it is a bit odd that they decided to finish it on a more comedic note.
Although it does have its comedic moments, there is a much darker undercurrent at play within this episode. The main character's God complex, creating and deleting female companions haphazardly, entrapping them under lock, key, & elephant, making sure they are everlastingly obedient. Whether it's intentional or not, this story feels a bit more misogynistic to modern audience than it probably did back in the 60's. As soon as Victoria disobeys Gregory for the first time, the threatening comes into play.
I don't hate this episode but the message at the end isn't great.
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