Taxi driver Joe Britt usually makes his way home to his wife Phyllis but theirs is not a happy marriage as they constantly bicker and she accuses him of having a girlfriend. The obnoxious Joe is having his TV fixed but after the repairman leaves, Joe sees himself with his girlfriend in scenes from the recent past. Soon after, he has a glimpse of what will happen in the near future. Written by
Viewers who grew up watching cable television may wonder why Joe Britt is surprised to get Channel 10. When television began, it was broadcast over the very high frequency (VHF) band of the radio spectrum. The VHF channels were 2-13, but, to avoid interference, a city could not have channels with consecutive numbers, except for 4 and 5 or 5 and 6. Britt lives in New York, which had channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. See more »
When Joe breaks the TV screen with his fist you can see a still of the TV image that has been applied to the glass surface, which appears to shatter along with the glass. See more »
Portrait of a TV fan. Name: Joe Britt. Occupation: cab driver. Tonight, Mr. Britt is going to watch 'a really big show,' something special for the cabbie who's seen everything. Joe Britt doesn't know it, but his flag is down and his meter's running and he's in high gear - on his way to the Twilight Zone.
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The last season of "The Twilight Zone" was plagued by anaemic story lines where little happened or the twist is obvious. This episode is sadly typical, with Sterling Holloway's brief, arch little cameo as the TV repairman being one of the few elements that lifts the story.
The plot is also something of a rehash of an earlier episode about a magical camera. However the way that the main character tries to redeem himself after learning a supernatural lesson, only for that very attempt to lead to tragedy, is unusual for the series. There is no forgiveness it would seem for wrong doing this week, making this an unusually misanthropic tale from the "Twilight Zone".
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