The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 2

Wordplay/Dreams for Sale/Chameleon (4 Oct. 1985)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery
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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.... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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")
Bernard Behrens ...
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")
Mimi Craven ...
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")
Raye Birk ...
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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"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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Radio Announcer: ...out at the County Fairgrounds this weekend. There's going to be rides, games, and all sorts of prizes. Come on out this three-day weekend - that's Friday, Saturday, or Sunflower - and join all the excitement. OK?
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Facing the language barrier
25 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

WORDPLAY, an early story from THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, deals with a classic sci-fi idea of altered reality. In it, a brash salesman finds the world turning to chaos when the everyday language used by people begins to change; what was once "lunch" is now "dinosaur", for example.

It's different, that's for sure, although the choice of horror director Wes Craven to helm the episode is an odd one. Still, this is a tale of intellectual horror and one that works well mainly because it feels original. Forget demons and monsters, this is about mental disintegration in a familiar world turned strange, and it's all the more effective for it. A shame the running time wasn't longer (this is a 15 minute one) to develop the idea further.


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