The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 4

A Kind of a Stopwatch

Aired Unknown Oct 18, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Patrick Thomas McNulty, a long-winded and self-absorbed know-it-all, is given a fantastic device which brings literal meaning to the expression "stop the world; I want to get off."

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  • After being fired from his job, Patrick McNulty goes to a local bar where he drives all the customers away except one: a drunken man named Potts. For buying him a beer, Potts gives McNulty a gift: a unique kind of stopwatch. How unique? You will see.moreless

    This episode has a very clever premise. However it may be a victim of its own attempts at perfection. Just two minutes into this episode I was just as annoyed at McNulty as everybody in the episode was! I understand that is the whole idea, but I think this episode shows some things can be done too well for their own good. The irritating McNulty took away from my enjoyment of this episode which, like many other "Twilight Zone" episodes, will make you think twice about what you wish for. This is not a perfect episode, but one worth seeing.moreless
  • A man is given a stopwatch by a stranger that he finds does more than just keep the time.

    An interesting story that i\'m sure everyone has fantasized about before. This guy gets a stopwatch that can stop time, and he doesn\'t even know how to use it well. He pulls a prank on his boss, but the man has no idea how to use time manipulation. Maybe it\'s just the mind of a teenager working, but there are lots of cooler things that you could find to do with the stopwatch.Nonetheless a great episode, and a just twist in the end that gets this guy back for trying to steal from a bank. The ending was kind of predictable, but the episode was still pretty cool.moreless
  • the man was the bomb!!

    i loved this episode!! Its is womderful and well written and it was very interesting. i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it l love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love t i love it i love it!!!!moreless
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Leon Belasco


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Roy Roberts

Roy Roberts

Mr. Cooper

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Herbie Faye

Herbie Faye

Joe the Bartender

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When McNulty is in the bank, just before he drops the watch, he looks across the room, and in the background, a person can be seen moving.

    • Some of the "frozen" scenes shown while McNulty is playing with his stopwatch are obviously stock footage from historical eras.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • McNulty: ...You wouldn't be interested in having dinner, would you?
      Secretary: If the world as we know it were about to end, if you were the owner of its finest restaurant, and if I weren't very happily married already, I might be. But it isn't, you aren't, and I am; so drift, McNulty!

    • Charlie: ...Hey, listen up--There's an 8-inch TV set in my sister's apartment; it dates back to 1947. She's got 5 kids, the place is a six-floor walkup, and it's boiling hot! But I'll tell ya somethin'--There's one thing about that apartment that still gives it the edge on this joint. The apartment don't have McNulty!

    • McNulty: How about that. The greatest conversation piece in the world--the greatest--and what does it do? It stops conversation!

    • Closing Narration
      Narrator: Mr. Patrick Thomas McNulty, who had a gift of time. He used it and he misused it, now he's just been handed the bill. Tonight's tale of motion and McNulty--in the Twilight Zone.

    • Opening Narration
      Narrator: Submitted for your approval or at least your analysis: one Patrick Thomas McNulty, who at age forty-one is the biggest bore on Earth. He holds a ten-year record for the most meaningless words spewed out during a coffee break. And it's very likely that, as of this moment, he would have gone through life in precisely this manner, a dull, argumentative bigmouth who sets back the art of conversation a thousand years. I say he very likely would have, except for something that will soon happen to him, something that will considerably alter his existence--and ours. Now you think about that now, because this is the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In recent years, this episode was remade for radio...incorporating an additional sequence and extra dialogue, none of which was used in the TV edition. Lou Diamond Phillips picked up the role of "McNulty," while Stacy Keach narrated.

    • This episode was mentioned in the dialog between Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks during the Prologue segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie; Aykroyd saying it was "a Zone" while Brooks insisted the story was on "Outer Limits."

    • Included on volume 15 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.