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
Pat Carter
Guy Wilkerson ...
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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Release Date:

18 November 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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, The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963). Sadly, this did not happen. See more »


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 »


[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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The Jukebox in this episode
17 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really like this episode. Most of the TZ episodes are good. I agree with most of the other posts on this one.

The thing I wanted to add was something about that jukebox in the background. My parents own one that is the same model. It is a Wurlitzer model 1050. I was very surprised to see the same model in an episode. They have owned theirs since the 60s.

Anyway, if you watch the jukebox throughout the episode, they have turned it off during the closeup shots. There is a light at the top towards the back that is on and off throughout the episode. This would probably qualify as a goof.

The other thing is, the particular model had to search out the disc and then bring it up for play. It would not have come on as fast as it does in this episode.

That is a bit of a long winded explanation, but oh well. We have had that machine in our family for over 40 years. It's cool to see one on a TV show.

Now, the fortune machine...I have never seen one like that anywhere.

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