Millicent Barnes is waiting in the bus station waiting for her bus to Cortland to arrive. The weather outside is dreadful and the bus is over half an hour late already. When she inquires the station clerk chides her for constantly asking when it will arrive. The only thing is it's the first time he's asked him anything. When she goes to the powder room the cleaning lady suggests she was just in there, she begins to worry that she's going mad. A good Samaritan, Paul Grinstead, tries to help her out but soon realizes there may be an explanation for what is happening after all. Written by
The cities mentioned in this episode (Cortland, Syracuse, Tully, and Binghamton) all lie along Hwy. 11 in central upstate New York. The use of these places is a homage by Rod Serling to his childhood. He was born in Syracuse and lived in Binghamton until he graduated high school. Even when he lived in Hollywood during his heyday, he maintained a home in Binghamton. See more »
Millicent Barnes, age twenty-five, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes, not given to undue anxiety or fears, or, for that matter, even the most temporal flights of fancy. Like most career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because, in just a moment, the head on Miss Barnes' shoulders will be put to a test. ...
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The setting for this episode is a town somewhere near Binghamton, New York which is Rod Serling's home town. Binghamton is mentioned several times as well as other nearby upstate towns such as Cortland, Syracuse, and Buffalo. I found this to be particularly intriguing having lived in Binghamton myself and still, from time to time, go from New York City to Buffalo (Vera Miles' destination) by way of this route and have experienced extended delays in old stations like this one. It is obvious that the setting and dialog are influenced by memories of one who has been there and remembers it well. This episode definitely brings you close to Rod Serling's roots.
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