Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 7

Nick of Time (18 Nov. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Nick of Time (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.

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Don and Pat Carter are on their honeymoon when their car breaks down in the small town of Ridgeview, Ohio. They have a few hours to spare while their car is being repaired and spend time in the diner. There they find a fortune-telling machine, a game where you can ask a question and for a penny will spit out an innocuous answer. When the machine apparently begins to predict events - Don's promotion at work, a near accident on the street outside - a superstitious Don becomes infatuated with the device threatening his marriage and his future with Pat. Written by garykmcd

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Richard Matheson was so impressed with Patricia Breslin's portrayal of the William Shatner character's wife, that he lobbied for her to be given a similar role in Shatner's second (and last) "TZ" outing, Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963). Sadly, this did not happen. See more »

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Don puts two pennies, not one, into the fortune telling machine before asking the question, "Is it really going to be four hours before we're going to get out of here?" See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] The hand belongs to Mr. Don S. Carter, male member of a honeymoon team on route across the Ohio countryside to New York City. In one moment, they will be subjected to a gift most humans never receive in a lifetime. For one penny, they will be able to look into the future. The time is now, the place is a little diner in Ridgeview, Ohio, and what this young couple doesn't realize is that this town happens to lie on the outskirts of the Twilight Zone.
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Strange oddities....
15 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and William Shatner in this episode of "Twilight Zone". What more could the audience want?. A seemingly innocent road trip, two honeymooners in middle America; all is safe and pleasant.

Until they have to stop in a small town, to eat lunch and get their car repaired. An innocent soothsaying machine, with a snaggle toothed devil's head on top of it, is Shatner's past time as he starts to place coins in the machine, to see if he and his wife will ever get out of this town. The wife, as portrayed by Patricia Breslin is appropriately amused, at first.

After awhile, the answers the fortune-telling machine gives Shatner are ominous, and he develops a fixation on the machine: ..."What if...?"... he keeps wondering.

You will truly enjoy this episode, and anyone who knows if the props are available, I would be interested in the devil fortune-telling machine!. 10/10.


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