Sam Forstman is an old man who lives with his granddaughter Marnie Kirk and her husband Doug. Sam lives a simple life and doesn't sleep much anymore. He's usually up at all hours tinkering on his grandfather clock, something that worries Marnie as his attention to the timepiece verges on the obsessive. The reason for that however is quite simple: he is convinced that should the clock ever stop, he will die. Written by
The man in this episode, played by Ed Wynn, is obsessed with death. He connects his mortality to a Grandfather's clock. He believes that when the clock stops, that will be all for him. The episode is a continuous portrayal of his fixations on the clock. When he needs to get rid of it he must have guarantees as to its treatment. Wynn plays the frenetic old fellow, using his strange voice and intonation for a nearly comedic presentation. He is really paranoid and perhaps mentally ill. He needs to know but he doesn't. In the end, the Twilight Zone fixes things up. We could say it's like clockwork. It's an OK episode because of the performance, and it is nice to see how things turn out.
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