The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 16

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Aired Unknown Feb 03, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The closing credits shows a still of a quarter standing on edge amid numerous coins. Interestingly, despite the episode's title, not one of them is a penny.

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. Hector B. Poole, resident of the Twilight Zone. Flip a coin and keep flipping it. What are the odds? Half the time it will come up heads, half the time tails. But in one freakish chance in a million, it'll land on its edge. Mr. Hector B. Poole, a bright human coin, on his way to the bank.

    • Hector Poole: Well at least I learned one thing. People aren't what they seem.

    • Mr. Brand: Romancing the help, Mr. Poole? Well, who can blame you? Miss Turner is the prettiest girl in the accounts section. (thinking) Which is saying absolutely nothing. I haven't seen such an aggregation of beasts since the last time I went to the circus. (aloud) Not much chance for socializing around a bank, is there? (thinking) This one's probably a tiger under the proper conditions. All the sweet, prim types revert to the jungle once more. (Poole pours water on him) You did that deliberately!

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: One time in a million, a coin will land on its edge, but all it takes to knock it over is a vagrant breeze, a vibration or a slight blow. Hector B. Poole, a human coin, on edge for a brief time in the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • The original idea for this episode came from a short story written by Ted Kneeland; a writer, producer, director that worked for NBC before going to Australia to start Australian broadcasting in 1953.

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