Narrator: The hand belongs to Mr. Don S. Carter, male member of a honeymoon team en route across the Ohio countryside to New York City. In one moment, they will be subjected to a gift most humans never receive in a lifetime. For one penny, they will be able to look into the future. The time is now, the place is a little diner in Ridgeview, Ohio, and what this young couple doesn't realize is that this town happens to lie on the outskirts of the Twilight Zone.
Counter Man: You ain't going to like this as much as that chicken-fried steak.
Don: We'll bear up.
Don: I suppose I'm just being stupid.
Pat: No you're not. You're just being...
Don: Don't say it. Superstitious. It's like you married an alcoholic, isn't it? Only except instead of bottles in the chandelier, it's rabbit's feet and four leaf clovers in my pocks and in the car.
Don: (to the fortune teller) If we don't stay in here until three o'clock will something happen to us? (reading card) "Do you dare risk finding out?"
Don: (to the fortune teller) Should we stay here until two-thirty?
Don: (reading card) "Try again."
Don: Should we stay in here until three o'clock?
Don: (reading card) "There's no question about it."
Don: (to the fortune teller) Is it really gonna be four hours before we can get out of here? (reading the card) "You May Never Know'."
Don: (to the fortune teller) Am I gonna be promoted, for pete's sakes?! (reading the card) 'It has been decided in your favor'.
Don: (to the fortune teller) Does anything exciting ever happen around here? (reading the card) "It is quite possible."
Pat Carter (to Don): It's as if every superstitious feeling you ever had is wrapped up in that one machine. It doesn't matter whether it can foretell the future. What matters is whether you believe more in, in luck and in fortune than you do in yourself. Well, you can decide your own life. You have a mind, a wonderful mind. Don't destroy it trying to justify that cheap penny fortune machine to yourself.
Narrator: Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence, having escaped one of the darker places of the Twilight Zone.