Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries, episode 6

Escape Clause

originally aired: November 6, 1959
written by: Rod Serling
starring: David Wayne, Thomas Gomez

"You're about to meet a hypochondriac. Witness Mr. Walter Bedecker, age forty-four, afraid of the following: death, disease, other people, germs, and everything else. He has one interest in life, and that's Walter Bedecker. One preoccupation: the life and well-being of Walter Bedecker. One abiding concern about society: that if Walter Bedecker should die, how will it survive without him?"

classification: drama

story: A hypochondriac makes a deal with the devil for immortality. However he is forced to involk the "escape clause" after being sentenced to life imprisonment after killing his wife.

my summary: A very humorous story, very good writing, especially the character of Walter---"YOU are a potato pancake, Ethel." What a clever idea. Good twist at the end. Nice Digger Barnes (later in life).

"There's a saying: Every man is put on earth condemned to die, time and method of execution unknown. Perhaps this is as it should be. Case in point, Walter Bedecker, lately deceased, a little man with such a yen to live, beaten by the devil, by his own boredom--and beaten by the scheme of things in this....The Twilight Zone."