The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Nick of Time 

A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.


Richard L. Bare


Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Don Carter
Patricia Breslin ... Pat Carter
Guy Wilkerson ... Counterman
Stafford Repp ... Mechanic
Walter Reed ... Desperate Man
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Desperate Woman


Don and Pat Carter are on their honeymoon when their car breaks down in the small town of Ridgeview, Ohio. They have a few hours to spare while their car is being repaired and spend time in the diner. There they find a fortune-telling machine, a game where you can ask a question and for a penny will spit out an innocuous answer. When the machine apparently begins to predict events - Don's promotion at work, a near accident on the street outside - a superstitious Don becomes infatuated with the device threatening his marriage and his future with Pat. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

18 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick of Time See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


I HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD IS NO EXCUSE Know By -Observing -Thinking -Studying -Doing

This is a sign on the wall in the garage which you can see as the car is towed in. See more »


Don puts two pennies, not one, into the fortune telling machine before asking the question, "Is it really going to be four hours before we're going to get out of here?" See more »


Pat Carter: You're just a stupid piece of junk, aren't you?
Don Carter: It all depends upon your point of view.
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever (2005) See more »


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A napkin dispenser that knows your future...
9 March 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Episodes of The Twilight Zone are always based on intriguing ideas that make you think, and this one takes its plot from the idea of superstitions. Nick of Time was the follow up to the stunning 'Eye of the Beholder', and as you might expect; it can't live up to that episode. However, this tale benefits from its good natured humour and intriguing premise. We follow a honeymooning couple, who have to stop in a small town after their car breaks down. They go for a bite to eat in the local café, and soon become obsessed with the gimmicky napkin dispenser that will predict your future for a penny. When several of its predictions come true...they come to believe that there may be more to this item that its gimmicky exterior suggests. This tale is very dialogue based, and most of the plot stems from the chatter between the couple. This dialogue is well written, and the tale constantly pulls you into their plight. Nick of Time then climaxes nicely with a stimulating finale that is typical of Rod Serling's TV show. Sure, it's not the best episode of the series; but as usual, this tale is well worth 25 minutes of your life.

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