Roger Shackleforth is madly in love with a beautiful young woman, Leila, who wants nothing to do with him. Monopolizing the pay phone in a diner, someone waiting to make a call refers him to Professor A. Daemon, a seller of books and various potions. When Roger learns that he can buy a love potion for $1, he jumps at the opportunity. The Professor tries to subtly warn him off but he happily buys the potion anyways. It certainly works on Leila but after six months, Roger is back to the Professor to find a solution to his new life. Written by
A dollar for the potion, but $100 for the antidote
One of Rod Serling's most frequently recurring themes was, "Be careful what you ask for; you may get it." Along with "A Nice Place to Visit," this theme is on full display in "The Chaser," as George Grizzard pines for the breathtakingly beautiful Patricia Barry, who pays him no mind at all. At least until Mr. Grizzard obtains a rather unusual elixir from the aptly named "Professor A. Daemon" (John McIntire whose wife, Jeanette Nolan was the penultimate witch of all our nightmares in the "La Strega" episode of "Thriller.") Then, in vintage Twilight Zone fashion, everything, of course, begins to go awry with the predictable twist at the end. Another showcase for the unparalleled beauty of Ms. Barry, who makes Mr. Grizzard's obsession all too believable. If she were still around, I would buy the potion myself.
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