Architect David Vincent, too long without sleep, takes a side road in search of coffee. But Bud's Diner is closed and so Vincent does the only other thing he can: settles in for a nap. An hour later, at 5:00am, a ruddy glow awakens him. He sees the very unexpected: a space vessel landing nearby! Vincent races off to summon the authorities, but when he returns the dilapidated sign reads "Kelly's Diner" and the ship - if that's what it was - is nowhere around. The authorities dismiss his story by Vincent believes in what he saw, and sets out to find proof.
Did You Know?
Bud's Diner was named for QM Production Manager Bud Brill. See more
The entry regarding the cop & the motorcycle helmet is not necessarily correct. Many law enforcement agencies in California, in the late 1960's - early 1970's, required all officers to wear a helmet when ever they got out of the patrol car. The type of helmet, worn by the officer, in the episode, is not a motorcycle hermit, It is the standard issue helmet worn by most agencies in California, during that time period and beyond. See more
How does a nightmare begin? For David Vincent, architect, returning home from a business trip, it began at a few minutes past four on a lost Tuesday morning, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a welcoming sign that gave hope of black coffee. It began with a closed, deserted diner and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. In the weeks to come, David Vincent would go back to how it began many times.