A strange talking doll received as a birthday present encourages a timid man to stand up to his overbearing boss.



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Episode credited cast:
Charlie Stickney
Mr. Motivation (voice)
Darrell Lee-Izeard ...
Joe (as Darrell Izeard)
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Himself - Host


A strange talking doll received as a birthday present encourages a timid man to stand up to his overbearing boss.

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20 November 2002 (Canada)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place from November 20 to November 25, 2002. See more »


Forest Whitaker - Host: [opening narration] Charlie Stickney has never had quite enough confidence to stand up for himself. But today is different. Today is a day of reckoning, a test of character, a battle of wills, thanks to a very unusual toy made in the Twilight Zone.
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References The Twilight Zone: Living Doll (1963) See more »

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The joke's on him
11 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Treated as a doormat all his life Charlie Stickney, Wallace Langham, a clerk at Trized Pharmaceutics is given by his boss Ricardo "Rick" Rickenhouse, Chris McDonald, this toy "Mister Motivation" to motivate Charlie to do a better job. Tapping the toy on the head Charlie gets advice from "Mister Motivation" in how to do his job which at first he doesn't take seriously at all. In fact Charlie feels the toy is somehow mocking him and making him, by listening to it, look foolish.

It soon happens that "Mister Motivation" starts making wolf calls to Charlie's pretty co-worker Linda, Helene Joy, making her think that it's him doing it and really turning Linda on to him. In fact even though Charlie always wanted to get close to and with her he didn't realize that Linda always had the hots for him and all that he really needed was a push to start the relation going that "Mister Motivation" gave him. Meanwhile Rick the boss is trying to get Charlie to put his both job and freedom on the line to cover up a number of false date stamps on a birth control pill that already passed its expiration date!

***SPOILERS*** With Charlie reluctantly going along with Rick's orders "Mister Motivation" kicks into action thus, unconsciously, giving Charlie the guts to stand up to him as well as impress Linda, who thinks he's a wimp, with his new found courage. Try as he does to get Charlie to do his criminal bidding "Mister Motivation" foils Rick at every turn and exposes his dirty dealings to the company heads as well as the FDA: Food & Drug Administration. Now promoted to boss and having Linda as his girlfriend Charlie also learned to be fair to those who work under him. And unlike the now imprisoned Rick when he put down a new worker Carl, Zachary Ansley, for falling down on the job, like Rick always accused him of doing, Charlie later call back a startled Carl, who expected to be fired, and thanked him for the good work he's doing!

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