The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Twenty Two 

While in the hospital recovering from overwork, Liz Powell keeps dreaming about going down to the hospital morgue.


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Rod Serling, Bennett Cerf (based on an anecdote from "Famous Ghost Stories" by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Nichols ... Liz Powell
Jonathan Harris ... The Doctor
Fredd Wayne ... Barney Kamener
Arlene Martel ... Nurse in Morgue (as Arline Sax)
Mary Adams ... Day Nurse
Norma Connolly Norma Connolly ... Night Nurse
Wesley Lau ... Airline Agent
Angus Duncan ... Ticket Clerk


Liz Powell - an exotic dancer - is suffering from exhaustion and is being treated at hospital prior to a scheduled engagement in Miami. She has a recurring nightmare where she takes the elevator down to the morgue and is invited in by an ominous-sounding nurse, who tells her, 'room for one more'. Her doctor assures her there's nothing wrong with her physically and she's just overworked and tired. To Liz, the nightmare's very real. The doctor suggests she try to break the pattern to see if she can get them to stop. The next time she has the dream, she travels down to the morgue but the dream goes off as before. With her medical issues taken care of, and her Miami engagement a day away, it's time for Liz to leave. But it's her nightmare over? Written by garykmcd

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Arlene Martel (credited here as Arlene Sax) plays the nurse in the morgue who taunts Liz Powell with the "room for one more," line. In order to make her look more sinister, they used makeup to give her a somewhat demonic look, complete with arched eyebrows. She would later land her most famous role, that of T'Pring, the woman betrothed to Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series: Amok Time (1967). The interesting thing is that a picture of her as the nurse in "Twenty-Two" is almost identical to her appearance in "Amok Time." See more »


In trying to follow the doctor's suggestion to break the pattern, Liz Powell takes 2 puffs on a cigarette instead, yet still manages to shatter the glass of water when reaching to put back the lighter. The cigarette suddenly disappears when she gets out of bed to go down the hallway. See more »


[repeated line]
Nurse in Morgue: Room for one more, honey!
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Not Liz's lucky number.
2 December 2013 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

The constant fear of hospital patient Liz Powell (Barbara Nichols) is what makes this entry compelling. Liz is a night club dancer tormented by a reoccurring experience. Arlene Martel (then Arlene Sax) is the beautiful but dangerous night nurse in her dreams or otherwise? At least Liz can still fortify herself a little with put-downs aimed at her visiting agent. Fate seems to be stalking her and it makes for a pretty scary tale. You never know quite where the perimeters are in TZ, unless of course a repeated line should remind you of having seen this story somewhere before in a famous movie predating this.

The best of the half-dozen Zones that was shot on video. So you will notice this is more like something off a ye olde You Tube than the cinema quality TV that the show can usually boast. Even so, Barbara Nichols truly shines as she shakes and Arlene Martel looks dead beautiful.

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Release Date:

10 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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