The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 31

The Chaser

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Aired Unknown May 13, 1960 on CBS
8.1
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A man, desperate to win the affection of a beautiful woman, slips her a love potion. He is overjoyed that the potion works so well...at first.

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  • THe Most Fun and Humorous Episode

    9.0
    (No spoiler alert here, I'm not going to re-tell the This one is a hoot! It's about something we all simultaneously want and want to avoid more than anything else in the world. The acting is superb.
  • A pathetic man who has an obsession with a woman who barely even notices him, buys a love potion from a very odd professor.

    8.5
    Roger loves Lela, but Lela doesn't love him back. So Roger pays a visit to Professor Daemon, who gives him a love potion guaranteed to help Roger make Leila fall in love with him. But in the end Roger gets more than he bargained for. So Roger pays another visit to Professor Daemon to find out how to break the spell. Professor Daemon gives Roger a glove cleaner, which would break the spell, but warns him to be very careful. Roger returns to his apartment and slips the glass cleaner in a glass of wine that he intends to have Lela drink. As Roger is about to give Lela her glass of wine, she makes an anouncement that she is pregnant and Roger drops the glass, wasting the glove cleaner.moreless
  • An interesting look at how society has changed.

    8.5
    Recently caught this one again during one of the SF Channel's holiday marathons and I have to say that it provides a clever story, but also a look at how American society, manners and dealings between the sexes has radically changed in the fifty years since this episode aired. All right, let's start with the premise. This decent but slightly nerdy middle class, "man in the gray flannel suit," American male is hopelessly pursuing a woman who barely acknowleges his existence. Constant phone calls (why does she even pick up the phone? Manners perhaps? That's what a lady would do?), gifts and badgering of her. Interesing how, what once was considered romantic or pursuit of love would now be considered outright stalking? This does represent manners and politeness that is now lost in this day and age. After drinking the potion she smothers him in love, proving Oscar Wilde's old adage that the only thing worse than not getting what we want is GETTING it, and the guy gets desperate. Notice there is not even a thought of him leaving. Breaking up with her? Getting a divorce? Unheard of. And how about the final revelation that she is pregnant. Roger is indeed trapped for the rest of his life. In pre-Roe America that was it. The baby cememted the deal. Of course, even if this were post '73, she would never ever consider an abortion while she was under the spell. In today's world Roger would be long, long gone. Most men would ditch her and the baby and leave town. Simply put this is a script that very much reflects its time and could never be written today. Society has moved on.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. Roger Shackleforth, who has discovered at this late date that love can be as sticky as a vat of molasses, as unpalatable as a hunk of spoiled yeast, and as all-consuming as a six-alarm fire in a bamboo and canvas tent. Case history of a lover boy who should never have entered the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. Roger Shackleforth. Age: youthful twenties. Occupation: being in love. Not just in love, but madly, passionately, illogically, miserably, all-consumingly in love, with a young woman named Leila who has a vague recollection of his face and even less than a passing interest. In a moment you'll see a switch, because Mr. Roger Shackleforth, the young gentleman so much in love, will take a short but very meaningful journey into the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This was the first episode to have the words "...the Twilight Zone" end both the opening and closing Serling voiceovers. Earlier episodes had the phrase just at the end of the closing monologue.

    • Included on volume 36 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.

    • This episode is based on "Duet for Two Actors" by John Collier. "Duet for Two Actors" originally appeared on television on The Billy Rose Show in February 1951.

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