80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 16

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.
Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.

Hey friends, the latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure! So come join Doug, Claymation Werewolf, Phishbon3s and myself as we discuss the 16th episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone first season.

We have three segments up for review on the podcast yet again this go around with “The Elevator”, “To See The Invisible Man”, and “Tooth and Consequences”. We altered the viewing order on this particular podcast as to save the best for last, not to give too much away on the podcast but…it’s safe to say that “Tooth and Consequences” won’t make it on our top 10 list for the series.

“Tooth and Consequences”
Twilight Zone - Tooth and Consequences
Dr. Myron Mandel (David Birney) has reached the end of his rope. He can longer handle his responsibilities as a dentist, manifested by severe anxiety attacks, and after indulging in Nitrous Oxide he is at least still level headed enough to send away all of the patients in his waiting room before he can reenact Steve Martin’s scene from Little Shop of Horrors. After a failed suicide attempt introduces us to Lydia Bixby (Teresa Ganzel), the object of affection for the beleaguered doctor, we learn that Mandel isn’t a quitter when it comes to ending his own life. After the second attempt to hang himself in his office fails he finds himself saved by none other than the Tooth Fairy (Kenneth Mars) who has come to better Mandel’s predicament. But this is the Twilight Zone and one should always be careful for what one wishes for…

“To See The Invisible Man”
Twilight Zone - To See The Invisible Man
Cotter Smith (Mitchell Chaplin) is seconds away from receiving a yearlong punishment for the crime of not being a caring person, of not showing any real signs of possessing compassion, and from his demeanor it is very plain to see why he even his Family and friends have ‘turned’ him in. The punishment is a social one where he receives a mark upon his forehead signifying to all that he is ‘socially invisible’. No one is to speak or to acknowledge him under the presumed penalty of joining him in being rendered ‘invisible’. At first this doesn’t truly affect Cotter as he is more than happy to take what he wants such as food and alcohol or even enjoying the act of not being acknowledge by the populace at large but 365 days is a long time to not have someone engage you with meaningful conversation. Could Cotter actually find himself becoming a better man through this bizarre ordeal?

“The Elevator”
Twilight Zone - The Elevator
When Will (Stephen Geoffreys) and Roger (Robert Prescott) arrive late one night to a closed factory where their Father has been secretly working on an experiment in an effort to aid the world hunger problem they are faced with a mystery. Upon entering the factory they find everything covered in dust with only what must be their Father’s footprints visible in the filth…following the footsteps the two brothers discover a grisly scene. A trail of dead rats, not just ordinary rats mind you, each deceased rodent is bigger than the one before it. Will and Roger also come upon an even more startling sight when they find a dead house cat that is as big as a mountain lion and then a dog larger than that. What could possibly have done these large animals in…and is it still in the factory?

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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