Eerie, Indiana

Season 1 Episode 10

The Lost Hour

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Dec 01, 1991 on NBC
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The Lost Hour
Marshall doesn't like the Indiana practice of ignoring daylight savings time, and sets his clock back an hour anyway. When he wakes up the next day, no one is around... except some very non-talkative garbage men, intent on sending him though the trash compactor.

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  • Marshall sets his watch back for Central Standard Time, even though the state of Indiana ignores the practice.

    Marshall insists that he and Simon can stay up an extra hour because it's the night to set the clocks back--they have an extra hour. His Dad informs him that Indiana doesn't change their clocks and he and Simon, who is sleeping over, will have to go to bed. Marshall sets his watch back anyway, and when he wakes up he is in an alternate universe. A milkman saves him from evil garbagemen, and when he looks in the window in the back of the milk truck he can see his family and Simon at the breakfast table--in their universe Marshall is the missing kid on the back of the milk carton!

    This is a cleverly written episode with special meaning to me because I live in Indiana. The first year I lived here I went through the same sorts of feelings Marshall did. Just recently, in the spring of 2006, Indiana changed their clocks for the first time since 1970.

    Nikki Cox plays a girl that Marshall and Simon first see on the back of the milk carton. She had been missing for exactly one year. When Marshall enters the alternative universe he finds her living at the World of Stuff, and determines to save her, whether she likes it or not. I find it interesting, but not surprising, that someone can survive for a whole year at the World of Stuff.moreless
  • One of the strongest eps in a great series.

    Lost Hour is what's great about Eerie Indiana. A fairly accepted thing (daylight savings time) is warped into a bizarre adventure featuring plenty of strange elements. Yet I can't imagine a kid out there that wouldn't want to have these adventures.

    This episode, aside from the usual sharp writing, also manages to work in my personal favorite twist in the series. It's worth it! Also notice the redheaded girl is Nikki Cox, of Unhappily Ever After fame. Crazy, huh?moreless
Eric Christmas

Eric Christmas


Guest Star

Nikki Cox

Nikki Cox

Janet Donner

Guest Star

Lindsey Ginter

Lindsey Ginter

Garbage Collector

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Pilot episode opens up with Marshall writing the following sentence: "To whom it may concern. If you're reading this document, it means I'm either dead - or disappeared under mysterious circumstances". If the Milk Man is Marshall in the future, it means that someone did in fact read the document in question, because Marshall once disappeared in the regular time to live in the lost hour.

    • We find out that the Milk Man in the alternate time zone is the future Marshall.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Marshall: Being 13 years old, I'd never thought much about time. I guess when you're a kid, you just figure you've got plenty of time to think about it later. Well, here in Eerie, nothing could be further from the truth

  • NOTES (1)


    • Albert Einstien's Theory of Relativity: E=mc2 is one of the most recongnizable formulas in physics, first theorized by Albert Einstien.

      This equation can be seen on the back of the garbage truck.