The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 30

Stopover in a Quiet Town

Aired Unknown Apr 24, 1964 on CBS

Episode Recap

Bob and Millie Frazier are a young couple that have gone to a party and have become drunk. They wake up the next morning and find that they are not in their apartment, but in some stranger's house with their clothes still on from the party. They try to remember what happened, but they can't. Bob thinks that they probably wrecked and were knocked out and then someone brought them to the strange house. The only thing Millie remembers is that a strange shadow came over their car right before they "wrecked". When they go downstairs to see if anyone is there, they find an empty house. Bob tries the telephone, but when he picks it up it breaks off of the wall. Millie tries the drawers, but they are merely decorations, and the food in the refrigerator is fake. They hear a girl laughing and go outside to investigate. No one is to be seen outside. They try the next door neighbors' home, but no one is there either. The two then come up to a squirrel, but it suddenly falls off the branch and is stuffed. The couple tries to think of where everyone might be. They try the church, but no one's inside, and no one comes when Bob rings the church bell. Millie is starting to get worried and Bob lights her a cigarette. After Bob throws the match down, the grass catches on fire, revealing that it was paper maché, and when they lean on a tree, it falls over! They frantically start searching for someone, and come across a car with a dummy in it and with no motor. Suddenly, they hear the whistle of a train engine. They run to the train station and get on the train, which is actually real. Millie looks out the window and sees that the strange town that they were in was Centerville. When the train stops, Millie looks out the window again, and the sign says Centerville! The train had merely gone around in a loop. They start walking down the street to get away when suddenly the shadow that Millie remembered comes over them! Millie trips and falls, and Bob comes to her aid. The shadow is one of a giant hand, which picks them up! The hand is of a little girl, and her mother says, "Be careful with your new pets, dear. Your father brought them all the way from Earth." Bob and Millie have merely been in a play town! They are put back on the ground, and they run off.