The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 6

Escape Clause

Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1959 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • This comedic tragedy falls just short of being a classic of the series.

    "Escape Clause" features a hypochondriac making a deal with the devil.The man is guaranteed immortality at the price of his soul. This
    familiar tale is well told by Rod Serling and crew. Thomas Gomaz is a hoot as the devil. Despite some questionable special effects, especially involving a steaming sticky stamp, Gomaz delivers a memorable performance. David Wayne, as Mr. Bedeker the hypochondriac, delivers a grating performance. However, it suits his character. The
    problem with this episode is Mr. Bedeker's change of personality after his deal with the devil. It seems to take place to quickly and his
    spiral into recklessness does not mesh with the character we met at the start of the show. At times, Mr. Bedekers actions and monologues make
    you feel as if there should be a laugh track. As for the title of this episode, "Escape Clause", it refers to Mr. Bedeker's only way of breaking the deal he signs with the devil; an event he surely never envisioned would come true. A solid, but not wholy convincing outing for The Twilight Zone that is worthy of a 8.0 out of 10.