The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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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:
Bill Lowery (segment "Wordplay")
Cathy Lowery (segment "Wordplay")
Adam Raber ...
Donnie Lowery (segment "Wordplay")
Mr. Miller (segment "Wordplay") (as Robert J. Downey)
Brian Bradley ...
Hotshot (segment "Wordplay")
Older Salesman (segment "Wordplay")
Admitting Nurse (segment "Wordplay")
Man in Elevator (segment "Wordplay") (as Willard Peugh)
Woman #1 (segment "Wordplay")
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")


"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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"Chameleon" featured real NASA footage of an actual space shuttle mission (of the Challenger, which exploded shortly after takeoff). See more »


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 »


Cathy Lowery: How was your morning?
Bill Lowery: Pretty good, I guess. Except for one really strange thing that happened. I was leaving work, and this kid - Robbie? works in the mail room? - he stops me and he says...
Cathy Lowery: Excuse me, sweetie, I don't mean to interrupt you, but this is gonna be done pretty quick and I wanted you to look in on Donnie before we eat.
Bill Lowery: Is something the matter?
Cathy Lowery: His cold's getting worse. He's so pale and awfully congested and he didn't touch his dinosaur when I took it in to him.
Bill Lowery: [startled] What? What...
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References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Words change the mind and mouth/ a perfect dream made by future technology and absorbing space travel.
5 October 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This episode two from the 1985 "Twilight Zone" season on CBS was pretty good yet not one of the better ones the first "Wordplay" carries most of the weight. I will describe each one by one.

The first in the segment is titled "Wordplay" directed by horror film legend Wes Craven, it really trips with the mind showing that words don't have to be so hard to learn and seem sophisticated. It stars veteran comic and actor Robert Klein as Bill Lowery a company salesman for a medical agency which is advertising new high tech products with hard and long sophisticated names. And you guessed it Bill can't pronounce the words he sees he will have a devil of a time talking about the products much less selling them! Soon one by one this episode takes on a mind changing experience of altered sanity as when everyone speaks to Bill he hears these words in just common everyday talk! Everyone's speech has become gibberish to him! It ends so sad in a way as his communication level has reached a low point as he can't even talk with anyone it shows the Klein character in his son's room reading an elementary book of baby words! It just proved that Craven showed that powerful words and a strong vocabulary are important in life and those who can't master it feel burdened and live on a different planet! The second offering was okay nothing special it stars Meg Foster as a married woman named Jenny who seems happy at a country side picnic with her husband and two daughters. Yet is she really as the viewer finds this is the result of her being at a dream center of technological advance that gives customers dreams for the fact that they pay money. At the time this 1985 this episode gave a glimpse into the future of technology fantasy and the hope of new virtual reality experiments.

Finally the third offering "Chameleon" is about a group of NASA space shuttle crew members who during their journey come across an unusual return that's an alien like equipment piece that absorbs them and their memories! The segment had low key actors Ben Piazza and Terrance O' Quinn. Only fitting that a sci-fi series have an episode of space and an alien theme like this, but really a pretty low segment of this episode.

Watch this one really for "Wordplay" a good mind numbing story that changes a person's state of mind and communication, because the other two are somewhat futuristic and a yawn.

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