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"The Twilight Zone" Shatterday/A Little Peace and Quiet (TV Episode 1985) Poster

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Peter Jay Novins: [to his alter-ego on the other end of the phone] What do you mean I can't lead a happy life? What do you know about it?

Peter Jay Novins: What do *I* know about *your* life? Who do you think you're talking to? This is *me*, Novins. *Me*!

Peter Jay Novins: There's nothing wrong with my life! Not one thing! Nothing!

[Nervous]

Peter Jay Novins: So what's so wrong with it, wise guy?

Peter Jay Novins: Everything! Just about every piece of a stinks on ice. The sad part is, you know it, and you still won't make repairs. Well, that changes. From today on, that changes.

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Peter Jay Novins: Look - this is crazy. Even if all this is true, even if we're *both* Novins, there's nothing that says we can't both exist, can't both lead happy, separate lives.

Peter Jay Novins: Who are you kidding? You can't lead a happy life by yourself. And how're you gonna do it knowing I'm over here living your life too? You never were much one for sharing.

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Peter Jay Novins: [to his alter-ego on the other end of the phone] It's just that - ev-everybody deserves to go on living.

Peter Jay Novins: Oh, God. Spare me the philosophy, will you, Novins? You don't believe that for a second; you're a misanthrope, you hate people.

Peter Jay Novins: Not true. I just hate some of the things people do. Like guys who put "Save the Whale" bumper-stickers on their cars and then buy their wives fur coats.

Peter Jay Novins: Hypocrite. You have the gall to complain about that when you took on that Cumberland account?

Peter Jay Novins: That's another thing entirely!

Peter Jay Novins: Sure it is. You know damn well Cumberland is gonna strip mine the guts out of that county, and they'll get away with it... with that publicity campaign *you* dreamed up. Great PR man, Novins, but you got the ethics of a weasel!

Peter Jay Novins: For God's sake, what was I supposed to do? I have to make a living, don't I? If I didn't do it someone else would've. I suppose you would've turned it down.

Peter Jay Novins: That's exactly what I did, old buddy. I called them this morning and told them to stuff that account up their noses.

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[first lines]

Narrator: [narration] Some push for what they need; some push for what they want. Some people, like Peter Jay Novins, just push. If they do it hard enough, and long enough, something might just push back... from the Twilight Zone.

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[last lines]

Narrator: [narration] Peter Jay Novins, both victor and victim, of a brief struggle for custody of a man's soul. A man who lost himself, and found himself, on a lonely battlefield, somewhere in the Twilight Zone.

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Radio newscaster: I... I can't believe this is happening. It's... it's all over. We've... just had a confirmation the first Soviet missle will reach the U.S. airspace in a matter of minutes. OK... OK... those of you listening should immediately go to the nearest public shelter. What's the point? It's over! It's over! We're history. Yeah, OK, I'll tell them. War... nuclear war has just broken out between the United States and Russia. ICBMs... full-scale nuclear war... There's not much... this is it. This is the end. We've had a verification Soviet missles have entered U.S. airspace...

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