Luther Dingle is a meek and mild-mannered vacuum cleaner salesman. He spends some time in a bar but always seems to be in the middle of others arguments and always seems to get the worst of it. Courtesy of visiting - but invisible - aliens, he is given great strength, some 300 times greater than that of a normal human being. Dingle becomes something of a local celebrity but just how long will his powers last? Written by
It's Don Rickles at his mouthiest and most obnoxious, pushing around poor stuttering little Burgess Meredith. That is, until a two headed genie from Mars gifts Meredith with super human strength. Now the bully Rickles is in for it, or is he. Trouble is Meredith can't seem to decide how to show off his newly found power.
It's an okay episode, distinguished, in my book, by the imaginatively exotic critters from Mars and then Venus. Also, Meredith gets to again show his amazing thespic range as the cringing vacuum cleaner salesman. The premise itself is not exactly an unusual onea ridiculed man suddenly getting transformative powers. Likely Meredith's demonstration of that newly found strength was hampered by budget constraintspunching holes in walls, splitting tablesall fairly cheap to stage. Still we get the idea.
What lingers from this 1961 entry is the two-headed space critter, which, I think, has become something of an icon for the series. Anyway, it's all done with a humorous undercurrent, making the overall mood a little different from the usual. All in all, it's Casper Milquetoast done entertaining TZ style.
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