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The Twilight Zone: The Rip Van Winkle Caper

To escape the police, four thieves create a plot to live in suspended animation for 100 years along with their stolen gold bars.

Episode Info


Episode number: 2x24
Production Number: 173-3655
Airdate: Friday April 21st, 1961

Director: Justus Addiss
Writer: Rod Serling


Recap

In Death Valley, a moving van and a car pull up to a rocky outcropping and four men emerge. Farwell, the leader of the group and a former professor, assures them that tomorrow they'll be as rich as kings from the gold that they stole from a train. As they unload, Farwell explains that they'll put the gold in the nearby cave and then destroy the vehicles. They go into the cave and Farwell inspects four glass coffins. DeCruz isn't comfortable with the plan: they'll go into suspended animation and spend the gold when they wake up, having evaded detection. DeCruz says he'd rather take his share of the money now but Brooks and Erbie, the other two gang members, back up Farwell. DeCruz still isn't comfortable with the idea, and Farwell explains he doesn't know exactly how long they'll be asleep, but he estimates approximately 100 years. ..

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