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The Twilight Zone: Stopover in a Quiet Town

After a night of partying, a couple awakens to a strange house in unfamiliar town, with no people in sight and a sound of a little girl's voice.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x30
Production Number: 2611
Airdate: Friday April 24th, 1964

Director: Ron Winston
Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr.


  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Barry NelsonBarry Nelson
As Bob Frazier
Nancy MaloneNancy Malone
As Millie Frazier

Co-Guest Stars
Denise LynnDenise Lynn
As Little Girl
Karen NorrisKaren Norris
As Mother
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Bob and Millie Frazier wake up in a place they can not recognize. Nor can they remember what happened as they were driving home from a party. They had a bit too much to drink, and the effects are still apparent. The house they are in is unfamiliar to them. They decide to call someone and drive them home, but the phone tears off the wall, unconnected to any wires. Millie figures since they are here they might as well make some coffee. She tries opening the drawer, but the facing breaks off. Bob also tries with the same result. He looks into the refrigerator, but finds only props as food. They decide to look around town and leave this crazy house. Millie sees a squirrel, which seemed tamed; it falls over, being only a stuffed prop too. Suddenly, they hear a voice of a child laughing and figure someone is watching them. Bob lights a cigarette and throws the match on the ground, which starts a small fire. After stomping it out ,he notices that the grass is made of paper mache'. They search a church, only to find it empty. They spy a man sitting in his car, but he ends up just being a mannequin. But Bob sees the car keys in the ignition. He tries starting the car but to no avail. Opening the hood, he finds there is no engine. Finally, they hear a train and feeling relieved, hop on board and say goodbye to this weird place. As the train slows down, they look out the window and find out they are back in the same town. They will now walk down the road until they are rid of this place. Just then a shadow appears overhead. A big hand comes down and scoop them up. They have been in a toy train town all this time and are the new pets of a little girl. Her mom says "Be careful, daddy had to go all the way to Earth to bring you your new pets."..

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Episode Notes
Barry Nelson was a contracted MGM actor who appeared in such classic movies as Airport and The Shining (1980).

As an actress, Nancy Malone appeared in Naked City and the Guiding Light. She would later become a producer and director, and became the first female vice-president of television at 20th Century Fox in 1976.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Bob and Millie Frazier, average young New Yorkers who attended a party in the country last night and on the way home took a detour. Most of us on waking in the morning know exactly where we are; the rooster or the alarm clock brings us out of sleep into the familiar sights, sounds, aromas of home and the comfort of a routine day ahead. Not so with our young friends. This will be a day like none they've ever spent--and they'll spend it in the Twilight Zone.

Bob Frazier: Here's the church, here's the steeple, open the door and...(he opens the church doors) nothing.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
The moral of what you've just seen is clear. If you drink, don't drive. And if your wife has had a couple, she shouldn't drive either. You might both just wake up with a whale of a headache in a deserted village in the Twilight Zone.



Episode Goofs
The bulletin board in front of the church says that today's sermon will be will be given by Rev. Kosh Gleason, which was named after Keogh Gleason, a long-time set decorator for the series.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorThomas Scott (2)
CastingPatricia Rose
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorWalter Holscher  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 5 episode 30 guide may contain spoilers
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