The Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 9

Joy Ride/Shelter Skelter/Private Channel (21 May 1987)

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Joy ride: The joy ride that two couples take in a stolen car is disrupted by the car's deceased owner, who isn't done with the car yet. Shelter SkelterR: Two men race to a private fallout ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alonzo (segment "Joy Ride") (as Rob Knepper)
Greg (segment "Joy Ride")
Adrienne (segment "Joy Ride")
Deena (segment "Joy Ride")
Burr Middleton ...
Policeman (segment "Joy Ride")
Danny Spear ...
Policeman (segment "Joy Ride")
Randy Hall ...
Fireman (segment "Joy Ride")
Harry Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Sally Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Nick Gatlin (segment "Shelter Skelter") (as Jonathan Gries)
Adam Raber ...
Jason Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Deidre Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Lauren Levinson ...
Wendy (segment "Shelter Skelter") (as Lauren Levian)
Diana Lewis ...
Reporter (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Tamara Taylor ...
Newscaster (segment "Shelter Skelter")


Joy ride: The joy ride that two couples take in a stolen car is disrupted by the car's deceased owner, who isn't done with the car yet. Shelter SkelterR: Two men race to a private fallout shelter at the onset of a nuclear blast. For months they battle cabin fever and loneliness until one decides to venture out of the shelter and faces a horrific landscape of destruction and darkness ... yet everything is not as it may seem. Private Channel: An accident turns an obnoxious young man's radio headset into a receiver of other people's thoughts. Written by Good2Go

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21 May 1987 (UK)  »

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The second segment's title is based on the book "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry about the Charles Manson murders and Vincent Bugliosi's role in their prosecution. Jon Gries, who plays Nick Gatlin, actually starred in _Helter Skelter (1976), a movie about the trials, while Manson was played by Steve Railsback, who starred in "Dead Run". See more »


Narrator: [opening narration for "Private Channel"] Modern technology has staged a revolution in the art of isolation. Turn up the volume on your headphones, and the world outside drops away. Sixteen-year-old Keith Barnes has lived in this public seclusion for some time now. But tonight, the tiny radio on which he depends to keep people out is about to start pulling them in, thanks to a very special frequency that can only be picked up... in the Twilight Zone.
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Jambo Dude!
11 February 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILER*** Full of himself teenager Kieth Barnes, Scott Coffey, shuts the world out of his life by always wearing the headset to his prized Kawazu-940 Walkman radio that ,from the looks of it, he got for free when his parents deposited $500.00 in a CD at their local bank! Taking a plane to L.A Kieth accidentally drops the Walkman into the washbasin in the planes restroom and gets it electrified when a lighting both strikes the airplane!

Putting his headset on Kieth is surprised to find out that the Walkman now picks up people's thoughts not any radio stations! Finding it all amusing at first Kieth is shocked to find out, by reading his mind, that the person sitting next to him on the plane Mr. Williams, Andrew Robinson,is planning to blow up the airplane with an explosive belt he has strapped on him! Mr.Williams lost everything that he cared for in life when his wife and infant daughter were killed in an airplane crash about a year ago! It was the investigation of the plane being in faulty condition that really set Mr. Williams off to do what he's now planning to did! Kill himself with everyone on board the airplane!

***SPOILERS*** Kieth finally coming to his senses tries to talk a surprised Mr. Williams, who thinks that Kieth is an undercover cop who knows what he's planning to do, out of blowing the plane up! Losing it and feeling that the jig is up with him being caught red handed Mr. Williams now attempts to jump-start his insane plan by exploding himself as well as the plane before it even reaches cruising altitude!

Thinking fast and being fast on his feet Kieth puts his headphones on Mr. Williams head where he's able to hear the fear and terror he's causing everyone on board the doomed airplane! It's in Mr. Williams knowing, by hearing the plane passengers thoughts, that all he'll do is make things even worse for himself,in being responsible for the deaths of some 100 innocent people, with his crazy plan he finally comes to his senses and changes his mind by deactivates the explosive belt strapped to himself!

Kieth now a hero instead of an obnoxious kid is no longer interested in his Kawazu-940 Walkman radio in that despite saving well over 100 peoples lives because of it the radio almost caused him to have a nervous breakdown! And with that he leaves the plane after it finally lands leaving the Walkman on the floor with everyone on broad stepping on it as they leave the airplane!

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