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Wordplay/Dreams for Sale/Chameleon 

"Wordplay": A salesman at a medical firm finds everyone around him undergoing a linguistic transformation. "Dreams for Sale": A woman finds that her idyllic picnic may not be what it seems.... See full summary »

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Bill Lowery (segment "Wordplay")
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Cathy Lowery (segment "Wordplay")
Adam Raber ...
Donnie Lowery (segment "Wordplay")
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Mr. Miller (segment "Wordplay") (as Robert J. Downey)
Brian Bradley ...
Hotshot (segment "Wordplay")
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Older Salesman (segment "Wordplay")
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Admitting Nurse (segment "Wordplay")
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Man in Elevator (segment "Wordplay") (as Willard Peugh)
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Woman #1 (segment "Wordplay")
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Receptionist (segment "Wordplay") (as Mimi Meyer Craven)
Brynja McGrady ...
Secretary (segment "Wordplay") (as Brynja Willis)
Alexandra Morgan ...
Nurse #1 (segment "Wordplay")
Lee Arnone ...
Nurse #2 (segment "Wordplay")
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Bearded Man (segment "Wordplay")
Joseph Whipp ...
Doug Seaver (segment "Wordplay")
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"Wordplay": A salesman at a medical firm finds everyone around him undergoing a linguistic transformation. "Dreams for Sale": A woman finds that her idyllic picnic may not be what it seems. "Chameleon": Something unusual returns with a Shuttle mission. Written by A. Nonymous

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4 October 1985 (UK)  »

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"Wordplay" has no opening narration. "Dreams for Sale" has no narration, at either the beginning or end. See more »

Goofs

Jenny's dream badge identifying her as #17 is located on the left side of her chest until the end, where it switches to the middle. See more »

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[phone conversation]
Doug Seaver: Listen, Bill, can I get back to you? My wife's waiting for me; today's our 17th wedding throw-rug and I'm taking her out for a sail, and then to dinner.
Bill Lowery: I'm sorry, Doug, today's your what?
Doug Seaver: It's our throw-rug.
Bill Lowery: Your throw-rug?
Doug Seaver: That's right, seventeenth. Talk to you tomorrow.
Bill Lowery: [to dialtone] Uh oh-oh Doug wait!
Bill Lowery: [to himself] "Throw-rug"?
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References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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One Really Creative Episode, One Average, One Disappointing
28 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the first episode, "Wordplay," Robert Klein plays a salesman. He sells medical equipment and has to become versed in a whole new line. He is trying to memorize the names of the products. The younger sales people have a superior attitude toward him and his older colleagues. Then a strange thing happens. Nouns and verbs begin to have whole new meanings. "Lunch" is replaced by "dinosaur." It starts slowly and pretty soon he is unable to understand anything or communicate in any way. His son is very ill but he can't talk to him. This plays out quite neatly. It is a really original idea. The title "Dreams for Sale" gives the plot away. A beautiful young woman is on a picnic with her husband and daughters. It is utterly idyllic, but soon things begin to repeat themselves, like a tape loop. If you have any imagination, it doesn't take long to figure out what is going on although why this woman is her is up to speculation. The final entry, "Chameleon," is about a trip into space on al Space Shuttle where there is a malfunction in a camera. When it returns to Earth, it begins to absorb people. Despite efforts to isolate the thing, it is able to morph into familiar things, even a nuclear weapon. This is interesting until the writers couldn't come up with a decent conclusion.


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