Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 7

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

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Don Carter
Patricia Breslin ...
Pat Carter
Guy Wilkerson ...
Walter Reed ...
Desperate Man
Dee Carroll ...
Desperate Woman


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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18 November 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Richard Matheson said he would have liked Patricia Breslin to again portray a wife for a William Shatner character in Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963). See more »


The episode opens with Don and his wife in their car, a 1957 Ford convertible that is being towed to a mechanic's garage after it has broken down. The driver tells them it will be at lest four hours before the car is ready and the two go to a café down the street. When they leave the café they walk past several cars parked outside--one of them being the same 1957 Ford convertible they were towed into town with. See more »


Don Carter: Don't treat me like I'm a retarded child!
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Path (2003) See more »


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Great episode...
3 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't let anyone fool you.

This is a great episode that you can relate to. It sounds foolish and downright laughable, but really, you can feel it in your bones. I truly mean that, too. Seriously, think about it for a moment...

Whether eating a fortune cookie or looking at your horoscope (and we are a horoscope culture), you cannot deny the practical transportability of this episode. One can easily succumb to the downfall presented in this situation, no matter how far fetched it may initially seem. It can easily relate to any superstitious moment you've ever had in your everyday lives. I especially recommend you waiting for a very politically incorrect moment by William Shatner when he berates handicapped children. Now that was unexpected.

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