The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 16

A Penny For Your Thoughts

2
Aired Unknown Feb 03, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Fan Reviews (2)

8.9
out of 10
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139 votes
  • Hector Poole has landed a coin on it's edge. Here's what happens to the lucky people who can do that.

    8.8
    Hector B. Poole leads an ordinary life as a banker. His only real problem is that he never stands up for himself. While buying a newspaper, without even trying, Poole manages to stand the coin on it's edge. Afterwards, he discovers that he can hear people's thoughts. At his bank, Poole is able to prevent a man from borrowing money because the man is planning to bet on the horse races with it. He then hears one of the employees, Mr. Smithers, planning to rob the bank. He confides in Ms. Turner about his ability, but she dosen't believe him at first. Later, Poole tells his boss, Mr. Bagby about what Mr. Smithers' plan. Poole later discovers that Mr. Smithers didn't actually intend to rob the bank. But, with Ms. Turner's guidance, Poole is able to get a promotion and walk Ms. Turner home. On the way, he buys a paper and knocks over his previous coin, losing his new ability in the process. Freed from the voices, Hector and Helen walk to the subway. This episode shows that people's minds are not to be explored lightly. You may be in over your head.
  • While this episode was about telepathy, I believed it went further by begging the viewer to ask himself: is it more rewarding to have your honest thoughts actually heard by others, instead of keeping them secret?

    8.5
    It seems that today's TV shows or episodes focused on the telepathy theme usually involve some evil, sinister or troubling plot. But the Twilight Zones A Penny For Your Thoughts offers the viewer something much lighter.

    Written by George Clayton Johnston over 46 years ago, A Penny For Your Thoughts is a clever episode that is still fun to watch today.

    I laughed and sympathized with Hector Pooles situation as he comes to terms with his new telepathic ability. Pooles quirky mannerisms and facial expressions reminded me of a Jim Carey or Jack Lemmon in their early careers.

    While this episode was about telepathy, I believed it went further by begging the viewer to ask himself: is it more rewarding to have your honest thoughts actually heard by others, instead of keeping them secret?
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