The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Man in the Bottle 

A luckless couple stumbles upon fortune when a genie materializes from a bottle in their antique shop. The genie grants them four wishes but warns them, prophetically, to be careful what you wish for.

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Arthur Castle
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Edna Castle
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IRS Man (as Olan Soulé)
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Mrs. Gumley
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Arthur and Edna Castle run a small antique shop but business is not good and they're having trouble paying their bills. Despite that, the good-hearted Arthur buys an old wine bottle from the desperate Mrs. Gumley for a dollar. When he knocks the bottle open, a genie appears offering them four wishes. They soon find that their wishes don't lead them to the outcomes they had hoped for and certainly don't lead to happiness. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

This episode takes place in 1960 and on April 30, 1945. See more »

Goofs

The swastika on the flag hung on the wall is backwards. See more »

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Arthur Castle: It isn't just an antique shop where you pick up the pitiful remnants of other people's failures, it's a shrine to failure itself! That's what it is.
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Spoofed in Futurama: I Dated a Robot (2001) See more »

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Be Careful What You Wish For
11 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

I think this episode is a great example of how people can be okay with the status quo given to them until they have an opportunity for greener pastures. We pretend to be okay with the cards dealt to us in life, but as soon as we see an opening for a better life, one filled with riches and power, we pounce on it immediately without a thought to the repercussions that may come. We're all probably a bit more self- centered than we'd like to think.

At no point does either character consider asking for world peace or curing diseases or solving world hunger. All wish consideration is focused on their personal lives. I'm not going to sit here on my high horse and pretend I would be selfless in that situation but I think it's important for us to remember this lesson as we strive up the ladder of life.


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