KING NINE WILL NOT RETURN Writer: Rod Serling Director: Buzz Kulik Cast: Bob Cummings, Paul Lambert, Gene Lyons, Seymour Green, Richard Lupino, Jenna MacMahon After crashing in the desert, a bomber pilot (Cummings) is haunted by the images of his dead crew. LW: Basically a rather dry plot (no pun intended to those who remember this episode in detail.) Bob Cummings has starred in many random roles in television and movies over the years. THE MAN IN THE BOTTLE Writer: Rod Serling Director: Don Medford Cast: Luther Adler, Vivi Janiss, Lisa Golm, Joseph Ruskin, Olan Soule, Peter Cole, Albert Szabo A pawnbroker (Adler) is granted four wishes by a sinister genie. LW: A favorite! The genie is a truly sinister character, who simply exudes terror, even as he offers the poor pawnbroker and his wife the almost limitless dreams of four wishes. They learn the hard way that every silver lining has a cloud attached. NERVOUS MAN IN A FOUR DOLLAR ROOM Writer: Rod Serling Director: Douglas Heyes Cast: Joe Mantell, William D. Gordon Unusual character study about a petty hood who literally confronts his "conscience" in a mirror. LW: In fact, 95% of the plot consists solely of this deep confrontation with no other characters involved. An interesting episode. A THING ABOUT MACHINES Writer: Rod Serling Director: Dave McDearmon Cast: Richard Haydn, Barbara Stuart, Barney Phillips A machine-hating writer is suddenly hunted by a small army of mechanical devices. LW: There is a classic TZ television promo which includes a cut of an electric razor slowly loping down the stairs in an attempt to get this guy! A very good segment. THE HOWLING MAN Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: Douglas Heyes Cast: H. M. Wynant, John Carradine, Robin Hughes, Estelle Poule Classic episode about a man (Wynant) who takes refuge in a European monastery during a thunderstorm. He is told by the bearded, saintly Brother Jerome (Carradine) that the prisoner locked in an cell is no ordinary human being--he is the Devil himself! Atmospheric music (by Bernard Herrmann) and a terrific transformation sequence add to the tale's effectiveness. SJ: This episode is my all time favorite episode and rates 6 stars. LW: Well, I only give it 4 stars, but it still is a good one. THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Writer: Rod Serling Director: Douglas Heyes Cast: William B. Gordon, Donna Douglas, Jennifer Howard, Joanna Heyes Another outstanding entry in the series. Plastic surgeons in some unknown society make one final attempt to improve a young woman's face so that she can live among "normal people." William Tuttle's make-ups are some of the most horrifying ever conceived for television. LW: Definitely in the super-classic catagory. One of the most amazing pieces of camera work ever done for televsion. Beautifully conceived and executed. I believe that this episode was originally titled, "A Private World of Darkness" or "Her Private World of Darkness". NICK OF TIME Writer: Richard Matheson Director: Richard L. Bare Cast: William Shatner, Patricia Breslin A newlywed husband (Shatner) is fascinated by a fortune-telling machine that makes uncanny predictions about his life. LW: A rather YOUNG Shatner, in his pre-Federation days of course. THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR Writer: Rod Serling Director: Jack Smight Cast: Inger Stevens, John Hoyt The faultless precision of robot servants invented by her father begins to annoy a young woman (Stevens). Originally done on video tape. LW: Of course, John Hoyt has a long history of many appearances in films and television. Two "SF" efforts of his that come to mind are "The Time Travelers" and "Flesh Gordon" (Of course, I am using the term "SF" rather loosely in the latter case...) THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON Writer: E. Jack Neuman Director: Buzz Kulik Cast: Brian Aherne, Pippa Scott An aging actor is given a sobering glimpse at the past he holds so dear. LW: Not good. Dry, boring, and basically a loser. A MOST UNUSUAL CAMERA Writer: Rod Serling Director: John Rich Cast: Fred Clark, Jean Carson, Adam Williams Examining their latest haul, two-bit thieves discover a camera that can predict the future. LW: A memorable, and rather humorous, classic. A fine episode. NIGHT OF THE MEEK Writer: Rod Serling Director: Jack Smight Cast: Art Carney, John Fielder, Meg Wylie, Robert Lieb Sensitive, well-acted drama about a department store Santa Claus (Carney) who ends up being the real thing. Originally done on video tape. SJ: My second favorite...a 5 star episode. LW: Well, we have a disagreement here. It is a nice episode, but so sopping in sentimentality that even I have problems with it. Still, Carney puts forth a first rate performance. DUST Writer: Rod Serling Director: Douglas Heyes Cast: Thomas Gomez, Vladimir Sokoloff, John Alonso, John Larch On the day of his execution, a man's father is conned by a vicious traveling salesman (Gomez) who sells him "magic dust" capable of eliminating hate. LW: Not terribly good, but a well done period piece. BACK THERE Writer: Rod Serling Director: David Orrick McDearmon Cast: Russel Johnson, Paul Hartman A man is catapulted backward into time to the moments preceding the assassination of President Lincoln. The stirring score by Jerry Goldsmith [who recently did the score for ST-TMP] was later heard as background music for ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT mysteries. LW: Note that Russel Johnson (Gilligan's Island) has shown up again, in another time travel oriented piece! A serious question concerning the structure of time is brought forth in this episode. THE WHOLE TRUTH Writer: Rod Serling Director: James Sheldon Cast: Jack Carson, Jack Ging, Nan Peterson, George Chandler An unsrupulous car salesman (Carson) meets his match in a haunted auto with a mind of its own. LW: Imagine! A used car dealer FORCED to tell the truth. Something like that could put late night television out of business. In any case, this is a rather amusing episode. THE INVADERS Writer: Richard Matheson Director: Douglas Heyes Cast: Agnes Moorehead In this classic episode, an old woman in an isolated farm house must battle a horde of extraterrestrial invaders. In the end, Moorehead takes an axe to their starship and demolishes, in reality, FORBIDDEN PLANET'S famous space cruiser! No actual dialog until the final sequence. LW: A classic indeed! A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS Writer: George Clayton Johnson Director: James Sheldon Cast: Dick York, Hayden Rourke, Dan Tobin, June Dayton Unusual tale about a timid bank teller (York) who suddenly gains the ability to read people's minds after a freak accident. LW: Dick York (Bewitched) returns. This is a nice, light episode, and I've always liked it. We learn that being able to read minds is no picnic! TWENTY TWO Writer: Rod Serling Director: Jack Smight Cast: Barbara Nichols, Jonathan Harris, Fredd Wayne A woman is haunted by a recurring nightmare that always ends with her being escorted to hospital room 22 - the morgue. LW: In fact, she is having this dream while IN the hospital! I am told that this episode resulted in lots of nightmares when it originally ran, and it does have some terribly creeping elements. The nightmare sequences are excellent. We must not overlook Jonathan Harris who plays the doctor in this episode. Good old Jonathan later played the evil/tragic/comical Dr. Zackery Smith in "Lost in Space"! This episode made the line "Room for one more, honey." a TZ classic. THE ODYSSEY OF FLIGHT 33 Writer: Rod Serling Director: J. Addiss Cast: John Anderson, Sandy Kenyon, Paul Comi, Harp McGuire, Wayne Heffley, Nancy Rennick, Beverly Brown A commercial airliner becomes unstuck in time. The prehistoric sequence, courtesy of Jack Harris, was unused footage from the movie DINOSAURS. MR. DINGLE, THE STRONG Writer: Rod Serling Director: John Brahm Cast: Burgess Meredith, Don Rickles Several weird-looking extraterrestrials appear in this episode about a timid little man (Meredith) who is given superpowers by a double-headed Martian experimenter. Don Rickles is customarily caustic as a character named Bragg. LW: This is a pretty funny episode. STATIC Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: Buzz Kulik Cast: Dean Jagger, Carmen Mathews, Robert Emhardt An old radio provides a valuable link with the past for two elderly lovers. Originally done on video tape; based on a short story by Ocee Ritch. THE PRIME MOVER Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: Richard L. Bare Cast: Dane Clark, Buddy Ebsen A telekinetic gentleman (Ebsen) is used to win some big money for a greedy man (Clark) at the gambling casinos. LW: Sure 'nuf: Jedd Clampett, from "The Beverly Hillbillies", on a Twilight Zone. Seriously, good acting by Ebsen. LONG DISTANCE CALL Writer: Charles Beaumont and William Idelson Director: James Sheldon Cast: Billy Mumy, Phillip Abbott, Patricia Smith, Lili Darvas Powerful episode about a little boy with a toy telephone by which he mysteriously remains in contact with his dead grandmother. Originally done on video tape. LW: Billy Mumy later starred as Will Robinison in "Lost in Space". In fact, Mumy had many parts as a child over many years, including another TZ episode we have yet to cover. He dropped out of sight a few years ago, and I believe now plays guitar and sings rock music in some L.A. nightclub. Oh well, easy come, easy go. A HUNDRED YEARS OVER THE RIM Writer: Rod Serling Director: Buzz Kulik Cast: Cliff Robertson, Miranda Jones A western settler mysteriously enters the 20th century when he goes off in search of medication for his dying son. THE RIP VAN WINKLE CAPER Writer: Rod Serling Director: Justus Addiss Cast: Oscar Beregi, Simon Oakland, Lew Gallo, John Mitchum Four thieves steal gold bullion and place themselves in suspended animation for a hundred years. LW: Robbie's car from FORBIDDEN PLANET is used in this episode. THE SILENCE Writer: Rod Serling Director: Boris Segal Cast: Franchot Tone, Liam Sullivan, Jonathan Harris A man (Tone), sick of the incessant chatter of a fellow club member (Sullivan), offers him a half million dollars if he can keep silent for a full year. LW: Jonathan Harris (Dr. Smith) has a fairly minor role in the story. Tone manages to win the bet, but pays a dear price in the process. SHADOW PLAY Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: John Brahm Cast: Dennis Weaver, Harry Townes, Wright King An hysterical young man (Weaver) tries to persuade the judge, who sentenced him to death, that he and the people around are just part of a recurring nightmare. SJ: Another of my favorites. LW: This is a good one, and deals directly with issues of realities within realities. Dennis Weaver does a fine job in this segment. THE MIND AND THE MATTER Writer: Rod Serling Director: Buzz Kulik Cast: Shelly Berman, Jack Grinnage, Jeanne Wood, Chet Stratton A book on the power of thought enables a meek clerk (Berman) to create a world exactly as he would want it. LW: This is basically a comedy, and it is pretty good. WILL THE REAL MARTIAN PLEASE STAND UP Writer: Rod Serling Director: Montgomery Pittman Cast: Morgan Jones, John Archer, Bill Kendis, John Hoyt, Jean Willes, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips Offbeat entry about a pair of state troopers who must determine which member of a bus trip is, in reality, a Martian invader. LW: A real classic, this is that second effort by John Hoyt which I alluded to above. Has a great sight gag near the beginning. The production company that did all the TZ's was called "CAYUGA". The bus passengers spend most of the episode off the bus and in a diner. We get a glimpse of the writing on the side of the bus, and it says, "CAYUGA BUS"! THE OBSOLETE MAN Writer: Rod Serling Director: Eliot Silverstein Cast: Burgess Meredith, Fritz Weaver Meredith delivers an emotion-packed performance in this symbolic tale about a librarian judged "obsolete" by a totalitarian society of the future. LW: An excellent episode.