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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 8

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Hey folks! Fellow Retroist writer Doug McCoy has the latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode podcast up for your listening pleasure! This week we have friends of the Retroist site Claymation Werewolf and Phishbon3s as well as Doug and I discussing the eighth episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone series.

This week we review three segments that originally aired back on November 15th, 1985.

“Act Break”
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Hack of a playwright Maury Winkler (James CoCo) finds himself in a situation where he can aid his longtime writing partner Harry (Bob Dishy) with the help of a magical wish stone…he chooses selfishly and finds himself meeting none other than William Shakespeare (Also Bob Dishy).

“The Burning Man”
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When traveling down a dusty road in their automobile, Aunt Neva (Piper Laurie) and Doug (Andre Gower), find a curious old man (Roberts Blossom) waving them down. After giving him a lift in their general direction the man in his torn white suit begins to warn them of frightening possibilities of an evil that would gobble up the Summer itself…trees, dandelions, even people!

This segment is based on the short story by Ray Bradbury (Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451)

“Dealer’s Choice”
Twilight Zone - Dealer's Choice
In this segment we are introduced to a group of friends spending the evening…mostly playing friendly rounds of poker. Well, there is one at the table who isn’t very well known to the group actually, Nick (Dan Hedaya) is a friend of a friend. It doesn’t take long for the group to realize he has an unusual ability to keep drawing sixes…three of them in fact in every hand. Jake (Garrett Morris) is quick to point this out to Tony (Morgan Freeman) and Peter (M. Emmet Walsh) while Nick excuses himself to the kitchen and their friend Marty (Barney Martin) is using the restroom. Jake is convinced that they are playing the Devil himself…but why would he be there playing with them?

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?


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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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