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The Twilight Zone: The Mind and the Matter

A book about "using the powers of your mind," gives an unhappy man the ability to create an ideal world merely by willing it.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x27
Production Number: 173-3659
Airdate: Friday May 12th, 1961

Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Rod Serling



Archibald Beechcroft arrives at the office where assistant Henry promptly spills coffee on him. As he cleans up in the restroom, Mr. Rogers comes in and berates him for failing to look healthy. Archibald denies drinking and explains that he's dead tired because he has to ride the subway, ride the elevator, and working an office filled with people jostling and pushing him around. Archibald says that he will fix the universe by getting rid of everyone so there'd only be one man left: himself. Rogers thinks he's mad but Archibald just storms off. Later in the cafeteria, Henry calls him over to his table in the crowded room and apologizes for spilling the coffee. He offers Archibald a book, "The Mind and the Matter: How You Can Achieve the Ultimate Power of Concentration." Harry says it's the only such book in existence and his friend swears it gives him the power to alter reality. However, Archibald is skeptical and ends up with Henry spilling more coffee on him. Archibald thanks him for the gift and reluctantly starts reading it...

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