The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 3

Wordplay

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 1985 on CBS
6.8
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A salesman is horrified and frustrated when everyone else inexplicably starts to speak English with the words completely jumbled from their original meanings.

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  • Once again a family is target of the sci-fi writers

    7.0
    Family of three. Father overworking it appears, mother at home taking care of a sick child who is in bed. Those are the principal characters in this episode. I did not really love this episode but i didn't hate it either. The father in this story starts to go coo-coo since he cant understand what people is saying anymore. Little by little the meaning of words is changed and what you would call banana now is called planet.



    Once again I am left to wonder whatever happened to this family and more specifically to this father....moreless
  • Man loses his mind and has to relearn words.

    8.0
    What if this happened to you? All of a sudden, the word "lunch" became "dinosaur?" What would you do?



    When I saw this episode nearly 20 years ago, it struck a chord with me. I mean, you hear about people losing their minds, but what is it like? This episode serves as an example for what it could be like to lose one's mind.



    Robert Klein delivers a strong performance in this episode, too. Annie Potts is a welcome co-star. I only remembered her from Ghostbusters.



    In a social context, this episode could have aired back in the original series time. I mean, work stress in the modern office is a universal theme.



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    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A question trembles in the silence: Why did this remarkable thing happen to this perfectly ordinary man? It may not matter why the world shifted so drastically for him. Existence is slippery at the best of times. What does matter is that Bill Lowery isn't ordinary. He's one of us. A man determined to prevail in the world that was, and the world that is, or the world that will be. In the Twilight Zone.

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