The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 12

What You Need

Aired Unknown Dec 25, 1959 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • One of my all time favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone!

    A street vendor has a knack for telling people exactly what they need to purchase from him. Although the items may seem silly at the time, the customer always ends up needing that exact item. A shady character in the bar begins to pick up on the old vendor's gift, and threatens him to tell him what he needs. The vendor does what he is asked, however it isn't enough for the man. He comes back to the vendor for more, and the vendor will not comply. Then the vendor decides to give the man shoes. An awesome ending awaits that I do not want to give away.. Just an all around great episode.
  • It's not what you need.

    "What You Need" starts out intriguingly, but this story of a supernatural peddler is a little too much like "Mr. Denton on Doomsday," and the finale feels rushed, like it was thrown out there solely to produce a "gotcha!" moment.

    The idea is a good one, but we never really know why Renard is so quick to exploit the gift of Mr. Pedott. It's also unclear as to why Pedott waits so long, after giving Renard "what he needs" for most of the episode, to cut him off.

    Ernest Truex is very good in the part of Pedott and does his best to sell the conclusion, even if it is lackluster. And there are some nice spooky scenes, such as Renard's scarf getting caught in the elevator. But with its finale spelled out to the viewer in clumsy exposition, "What You Need" doesn't wind up among the cream of the crop in "The Twilight Zone."
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