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
Stafford Repp, the Mechanic would later guest star in Star Trek with William Shanter in 'Spectre of the Gun' episode. 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 »
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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Episodes of The Twilight Zone are always based on intriguing ideas that make you think, and this one takes its plot from the idea of superstitions. Nick of Time was the follow up to the stunning 'Eye of the Beholder', and as you might expect; it can't live up to that episode. However, this tale benefits from its good natured humour and intriguing premise. We follow a honeymooning couple, who have to stop in a small town after their car breaks down. They go for a bite to eat in the local café, and soon become obsessed with the gimmicky napkin dispenser that will predict your future for a penny. When several of its predictions come true...they come to believe that there may be more to this item that its gimmicky exterior suggests. This tale is very dialogue based, and most of the plot stems from the chatter between the couple. This dialogue is well written, and the tale constantly pulls you into their plight. Nick of Time then climaxes nicely with a stimulating finale that is typical of Rod Serling's TV show. Sure, it's not the best episode of the series; but as usual, this tale is well worth 25 minutes of your life.
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