A hypochondriac man sells his soul to the devil, exchanging it for one million years of immortality.

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Walter Bedeker
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Ethel Bedeker
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Wendell Holmes ...
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Hypochondriac Walter Bedeker has once again had his doctor come to his bedside but he can find absolutely nothing wrong with him. The doctor tells him his aches and pains are psychosomatic but he refuses to accept it. Later that night, a Mr. Cadwallader suddenly appears in his room and has a proposition for him: in return for his soul, he will give him immortality. He even has an escape clause in that if he ever gets tired of living, Cadwallader will provide him with a hasty demise. He accepts the deal and soon collects 14 insurance claims over a variety of accidents. He finds it all very boring however but his quest for a thrill brings results with an unexpected outcome. Written by garykmcd

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6 November 1959 (USA)  »

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The title refers to a legal term, condition or clause in a contract that allows a party to that contract to avoid having to perform the contract. The validity of the clause is usually limited by a time-frame (i.e 30 days or 72 hours) or subject to the the satisfaction of the customer for delivered goods or services. See more »

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The french dub mistakenly translates "story" in the "fiction" sense instead of "floor". See more »

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Ethel Bedeker: Walter, please come back to the apartment. I'll make you potato pancakes. Remember, you always used to love potato pancakes.
Walter Bedeker: Ethel, *you* are a potato pancake. You're as tasteless as a potato pancake.
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Kitten and the Bird
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Music by John Gart
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Entertaining And Funny But Not The Best Of Season 1.
6 February 2006 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

"Escape Clause" features a hypochondriac making a deal with the devil. The man is guaranteed immortality at the price of his soul. This familiar tale is well told by Rod Serling and crew. Thomas Gomaz is a hoot as the devil. Despite some questionable special effects, especially involving a steaming sticky stamp, Gomaz delivers a memorable performance. David Wayne, as Mr. Bedeker the hypochondriac, delivers a grating performance. However, it suits his character. The problem with this episode is Mr. Bedeker's change of personality after his deal with the devil. It seems to take place to quickly and his spiral into recklessness does not mesh with the character we met at the start of the show. At times, Mr. Bedekers actions and monologues make you feel as if there should be a laugh track. As for the title of this episode, "Escape Clause", it refers to Mr. Bedeker's only way of breaking the deal he signs with the devil; an event he surely never envisioned would come true. A solid, but not wholy convincing outing for The Twilight Zone that is worthy of a 8.0 out of 10.


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