The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Little Boy Lost/Wish Bank/Nightcrawlers 

"Little Boy Lost": a woman, struggling with the decision to settle down and raise a family or embrace her accelerating career, befriends a strange boy who seems to be stalking her. "Wish ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Shelton (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Greg (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Kenny (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Frumpy Housewife (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Janice Hammond (segment "Wish Bank") (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Mary Ellen Bradshaw (segment "Wish Bank")
Mr. Brent (segment "Wish Bank")
Harvey Vernon ...
Willoughby (segment "Wish Bank")
Julie Payne ...
Clerk (segment "Wish Bank")
Price (segment "Nightcrawlers")
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Sheriff Dennis Wells (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Robert Swan ...
Bob (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Waitress (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Lindy (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Bobby Bass ...
Ray (segment "Nightcrawlers")


"Little Boy Lost": a woman, struggling with the decision to settle down and raise a family or embrace her accelerating career, befriends a strange boy who seems to be stalking her. "Wish Bank": an antique oil lamp found at a yard sale brings new meaning to the warning, "be careful what you wish for." "Nightcrawlers": a troubled drifter with an unusual ability terrifies the inhabitants of a rural diner. Written by balkaster

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18 October 1985 (UK)  »

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"Little Boy Lost" takes place in 1984. See more »


Though the veteran's name is never revealed, the diner patrons simply stick to calling him "Price" after the waitress does, without knowing whether this is true. See more »


Kenny: All you had to do was want me.
Carol Shelton: [Now realizing that Kenny is the child she would have had if she had chosen marriage instead of a career] But I do. I love you, Kenny. It's just that sometimes you have to make a choice.
Kenny: Why couldn't you choose me?
Carol Shelton: But I will someday. I just can't right now.
Kenny: You can have a little boy someday, and you can name him Kenny - but he won't be me.
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References The Thief of Bagdad (1924) See more »

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A future child?/A big wish requires money?/A possessed war vet has a returned nightmare?
18 October 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Episode four of the "Twilight Zone" from CBS's 1985-1986 season was clearly one of the better as all three segments were entertaining and the final one "Nightcrawlers" ends with a shocking bang! The segment titled "Little Boy Lost" stars Season Hubley as Carol a female photographer who's recently received a job offer from her photo company that requires time and travel. This offer happens to include more success and money, yet it will destroy her social life derailing her plans for marriage and family possibly even no children. Then Carol meets a strange little boy on a photo assignment, whom she grows attached to and feels love and compassion for. It's funny the little boy is magical he comes and goes, only we find out that this was a future image of the type of kid that Carol will have. Pretty good heart warming episode that showed the future and it put Carol's mind at ease for her to some day have children.

The second and shortest segment titled "Wish Bank" stars Dee Wallace Stone(of "Cujo" and "Popcorn" fame) and Juile Carmen(of "Fright Night Part II" fame) as two hot and sexy single California females who spend spare time bargain shopping at garage sales. The Stone character finds a magic lamp at one particular sale, yet you guessed it red tape and strings attached! She's got to fill out paperwork, and yet the people vanish to quickly in her new magical world proving to her it's better to be in reality and remain an honest and everyday bargain shopper. Pretty good short segment.

The last and best segment "Nightcrawlers" directed by William Friedkin(the man who frightened us with the "Exorcist") gives us a nice and twisted shock of war a veteran haunted and possessed by his experience in Vietnam. Scott Paulin stars as the haunted vet who pulls in along side a Utah diner on a rainy night to tell his stories of horror and terror to a sheriff and the cook and waitress and a stranded family. Only little by little he unravels and the memories turns to a real nightmare as a shocking and brutal twist occurs inside.

Overall great episode and very memorable due to the "Nightcrawlers" segment.

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