80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 14

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.


The latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure. So come join Doug, Phishbon3s and myself as we discuss the 14th episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone series. Claymation Werewolf wasn’t able to attend this podcast due to a family emergency but he was certainly there in spirit and when talking about the Twilight Zone that just seems natural. We skipped episode 13 by the way as it is a Christmas themed episode and we are all saving it for later this year.

We are back to the three segment format for this episode with “Still Life”, “The Little People of Killany Woods”, and “The Mistfortune Cookie”. Each of the segments this go around are solid though I feel that some shine more than others and during our discussions I realize that the ‘Justice’ episodes are probably my favorite offered by the Twilight Zone series.

“Still Life”
Twilight Zone - Still Life
We are introduced to Daniel Arnold (Robert Carradine) and his wife Becky (Marilyn Jones) as he is arriving back from a thrift store to pick up their new bed but returns with an old trunk filled with vintage camera equipment. While the old equipment itself is neat, David finds a hidden camera under a false bottom of the trunk from a 1913 National Geographic expedition to the Amazon. He is delighted to find that there is still film in the camera and sets about developing the photos, after the process he is left with some interesting evidence of the expedition depicting some of the members of the team and the natives from one of the villages, the Kurucai. David decides to donate the photos to their local University and the next day he brings them to the attention of Professor Alex Stottel (John Carradine) who scoffs at the existence of the photos as he was on that expedition in his youth, the Kurucai had taken offense at their photos being taken for fear of their souls being captured and had destroyed the equipment. David offers the photos he developed as proof but is alarmed to notice that the Kurucai in the photos are now missing! Where could they have gone?

“The Little People of Killany Woods”
Twilight Zone - The Little People of Killany Woods
With the second segment we get a bit of a mix of Darby O’Gill and the Quiet Man. We find Liam O’Shaughnessy (Hamilton Camp) breathless as he enters Kelly’s pub, he can barely speak he is so worked up in informing all of the patrons that he has seen the “The Little People” out in the woods. The pub goers for the most part laugh at what they feel is another story from O’Shaughnessy but there is one man there who finds no amusement in the tale or it’s storyteller. Mike Mulvaney is a bitter man as there is no work to be had for the townsfolk and while he is attempting to find solace at the bottom of his glass it is interrupted with what he assumes are lies. He physically threatens O’Shaughnessy and warns the man never to return to Kelly’s pub. O’Shaughnessy with his feelings hurt wanders off to return “to the only real friends he has”. The question is soon posed, if O’Shaughnessy is truly a liar…why does Mulvaney see him paying townspeople with bits of gold later that evening?

“The Misfortune Cookie”
Twilight Zone - The Misfortune Cookie
Harry Folger (Elliot Gould) is a food critic for a major newspaper…he is also a very horrible human being that takes pleasure in not just being able to dictate where readers will eat with his reviews but is drunk on his given “power” to close restaurants if chooses with his newspaper column. He takes umbrage upon hearing a TV gourmet reviewer giving a praising critique of Mr. Lee’s Chinese restaurant, because he is quite frankly a petty man he immediately writes a scathing review of the restaurant without ever having been there himself. After filing the review, Harry does in fact visit Mr. Lee’s and orders a large quantity of food and doesn’t touch a bit of it, he requests his check and is surprised when Mr. Lee himself (Bennett Ohta) informs him that there will be no charge as he obviously didn’t enjoy his meal, furthermore he receives a special fortune cookie that reads “A grand reward awaits you just around the corner”. Upon exiting the restaurant, Harry accidentally stops a jewel thief and is given a reward by the jewelery shop owner…$1000 in fact, a grand. It would seem the fortune cookies are special indeed at Mr. Lee’s restaurant and Harry wants more…but the Twilight Zone has a tendency to punish the wicked.

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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