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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
Gregory West's method of working, by using a recorder which would later be transcribed by a secretary, was how Rod Serling produced all of his scripts, although he preferred to do his dictating while lounging beside his pool. See more »
[character first lines]
[mixing Gregory a martini]
You really should be working, you know.
You're nagging me.
I'm only thinking of posterity.
Think of me, instead.
Don't I always?
[They look at each other lovingly. Mary takes a sip from the glass]
Yes, you do. Dry enough?
We'll let the master decide.
[offers him the glass]
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I've always enjoyed this episode. The gift that Keenan Wynn has is remarkable. He can create or destroy characters when he wishes. Whatever he writes on a page comes to fruition. His wife isn't so accepting and pays a price for her actions. This is one of those powers that each of us would love to have. Think of the possibilities. The scriptwriter in the story is arrogant and self centered. He whimsically creates what he wishes. Now, the psychologist in me makes me wonder if these are fantasies that he is living strictly in his mind, but there is nothing in here to suggest that. The episode concludes with a wonderful bit featuring Rod Serling and his writing staff. An apt way to put the first season to bed.
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