After involved with a hit-and-run killing a child, Mr. Oliver Pope is haunted by his car.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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On a rainy day, office manager Oliver Pope is driving home when he hits a newspaper boy with his car and promptly flees the scene. He puts the car in his garage but when his wife sees the lights flashing, she thinks they have an intruder. In fact, its just the car acting up. In the middle of the night, his car horn honks and when his wife takes it out the next day, it stops at the exact corner where the accident occurred. When his competitor at the office, Pete Radcliff, is arrested he thinks he's home free. It's apparent however that the car is going to continue acting up until Pope makes things right. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

3 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Remade in 1987 as "Joy Ride" starring Robert Knepper. See more »


The site of the accident is frequently given as "3rd & Park", but the announcer on the car radio at the end says it occurred at "3rd & Elm". See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Portrait of a nervous man: Oliver Pope by name, office manager by profession. A man beset by life's problems: his job, his salary, the competition to get ahead. Obviously, Mr. Pope's mind is not on his driving... Oliver Pope, businessman-turned killer, on a rain-soaked street in the early evening of just another day during just another drive home from the office. The victim, a kid on a bicycle, lying injured, near death. But Mr. Pope hasn't time for the victim, his only ...
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Very serious toned fantasy , well acted.
21 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I couldn't really enjoy this episode because a child is dying in it away from the main action. For me that just made the tone too serious for TZ. That explained, and the fact that the ending is a little far out, this is well made and finely acted.

An arrogant businessman Oliver Pope (Edward Andrews) tries to hide his guilt after a hit and run accident that leaves a boy in a critical condition. His car wont stop making noises, acting as the conscience that the man tries to ignore.

I had never been aware of Edward Andrews before watching him in this (and 'Third From The Sun', series one- great in that too) here he gives a very convincing and measured performance as this rather nasty individual.

Pope's wife Lillian (Helen Westcott) is virtuously unaware of her husband's guilt and is appalled by the news of the hit and run driver's actions. Andrews and Westcott contrast well and make the human drama real even while fantasy aspect of the car is so fanciful. Nicely scripted by Earl Hamner Jr. All his eight stories for the Zone are so different.

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