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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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 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 »

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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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[Don has been obsessing over the devil-headed fortune telling machine]
Pat Carter: Don, it's just a napkin holder in a little cafe in Ridgeview, Ohio.
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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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