The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Unknown Feb 10, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Miss Powell has a recurring nightmare about room 22 – a morgue.

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  • Imagine finding Spock's fiancee scary

    This one's a real corker. It's got so much going for it - atmosphere, lighting, cinematography, a great script from Rod Serling, plus a convincing portrayal from Barbara Nichols as the main protagonist. It's also entertaining to see Jonathan Harris playing a doctor other than the infamous Smith.

    The plot bears certain similarities to one of the stories in the classic British portmanteau horror film Dead of Night (1945), where in the course of a dream a hearse driver tells one of the characters, "Just room for one inside, sir". Perhaps the source material (Bennett Cerf's "Famous Ghost Stories") was the same. In any case, of the two, the TZ version is in my opinion considerably more effective in that it isn't played for laughs.

    I have to admit, though, that I don't find the night nurse (the one who emerges from the morgue) at all frightening. She's too damn sexy for that. :P But that clown doll that Miss Nichols is clutching - now, that's disturbing. Brr. Clowns...moreless
  • This is by far the most frightening episode of the Twilight Zone.

    This is one my all time favorite Twilight Zone episodes. Twenty Two is without a doubt the Twilight Zone at it's very best. Guaranteed to give you chills.

    Liz Powell, portrayed by Barbara Nichols, is a professional dancer who is hospitalized due to exhaustion. Liz has a recurring nightmare about visiting the morgue, room 22, and seeing a mysterious woman dressed as a nurse who says in a sinister voice: "Room for one more, Honey."

    When Liz is finally checked out of the hospital just as she is about to board the only available flight, flight 22, the mysterious woman, this time dressed as a flight attendant, is waiting by the entrance and says in the same sinister voice: "Room for one more, Honey." Terrified, Liz runs back in to the airport screaming. And as soon as the plane takes off it explodes in the air.moreless
  • SCARY!

    This episode used to scare me to death!!! I used to have dreams about that creepy nurse. "Room for one more, honey." This is truly a wonderful episode of The Twilight Zone. I've said it once and I'll say it again, Rod Serling was brilliant. He was an extraordinary writer. I loved this episode. And even though it scares me half to death, I still enjoy watching it on tv. It's one of the episodes that I could watch over and over again, and still not get tired of it. This is another fine example of why I watch The Twilight Zone.moreless
  • Room for one more, honey

    Although the production value of this episode seems oddly bad, it was one of my first seen episodes and it haunts me to this day. I have trouble believing more people haven\'t written about it. I have kind of a litmus test with people when I have a feeling they have a good sense of humor; when someone is trying to get on a closing elevator, I stop the doors from closing and say, \"room for one more, honey\". It is great when they immediately know what I\'m talking about, sometimes we end up talking for a long time about TZ and other things. If they don\'t know what I\'m talking about, no big deal. Due to the actress\'s great portrayal of a neurotic, the entire episode is creepy from beginning to end. It touches on so many of our phobias, actually delicious in its fright. Unlike most episodes, her terror actually saves her instead of fortelling her own demise. As for me, seeing this episode, well, there\'s always room for one more, honey.moreless
Mary Adams

Mary Adams

Day Nurse

Guest Star

Norma Connolly

Norma Connolly

Night Nurse

Guest Star

Wesley Lau

Wesley Lau

Airline Agent

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It seems as though the first time Liz is standing towards the elevator, she has her hand on her face (in the side shot). The camera immediately switches to her front and her face is the same but her hand is gone.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: This is Miss Liz Powell. She's a professional dancer and she's in the hospital as a result of overwork and nervous fatigue. And at this moment we have just finished walking with her in a nightmare. In a moment she'll wake up and we'll remain at her side. The problem here is that both Miss Powell and you will reach a point where it might be difficult to decide which is reality and which is nightmare, a problem uncommon perhaps but rather peculiar to the Twilight Zone.

    • Liz: Thanks a heap, Barn. You know, you couldn't boost morale if it weight a quarter of a pound and had a derrick.

    • Nurse: Room for one more, honey.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Miss Elizabeth Powell, professional dancer. Hospital diagnosis: acute anxiety brought on by overwork and fatigue. Prognosis: with rest and care, she'll probably recover. But the cure to some nightmares is not to be found in known medical journals. You look for it under "potions for bad dreams," to be found in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)