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The Twilight Zone: Dealer's Choice

Four poker players sit down for a friendly game with a stand-in who turns out to be the Devil.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x20
Airdate: Friday November 15th, 1985

Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Donald Todd

Guest Stars
Dan HedayaDan Hedaya
As Nick / The Devil
Main Cast
Charles AidmanCharles Aidman
voiced Narrator


Four men--Marty, Jake, Tony, and Peter--get together for their weekly game of poker at Peter's house. Joining them is Nick, the cousin of Norman, their sick missing player. Nick keeps winning with full houses, always with three sixes. Tony is dealing and calls for a new game, Night Baseball, and a disgusted Jake goes to get some more beer. He discovers that they're out of beer and complains to Peter, while the somewhat slow-witted Marty tries to figure out the rules of the game...

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Narrator: (opening narration) Just a friendly game of cards. It doesn't take much to buy into this game, but buying out, may be something else entirely. You see, there's a wild card on the table in a deck that's been reshuffled and cut in the Twilight Zone.

Nick: Uh, Pete, do you have any water?
Peter: Yeah, in the kitchen. Keep it in the faucet. Saves on space, you know?

Tony: What's the Devil doin' here in North Jersey?
Jake: What are you talkin' about, Tony? I think he lives here.

Peter: We just tried to call Norman. Norman's not home sick. Norman's not home period.
Jake: Yeah. Whatta you got to say about that, huh, Mr. 666?
Nick: Norman's out visiting a sick uncle. (checks his watch) Excuse me, make that a dead uncle.

Peter: You know, a guy wants to sit in and play poker with some guys, he should come up and say, "Hello, hi, I'm the Prince of Darkness, can I sit in for a few hands?"

Jake: Give us a break, will ya? It's one thing being the Devil, it's another thing being a total jerk.

Tony: Now our buddy Peter here is betting his immortal soul. What are you putting up?
Nick: Eighteen bucks.

Tony: You might as well pack your tent and go home.
Jake: What do you say, Nicky baby?
Tony: Give it up, Devil.
Nick: Mr. Devil to you.

Nick: Gentlemen, I'm sorry, I really am. I couldn't help myself. I'm the Devil. What do you expect?

Marty: Hey, Jake, that Nick's not such a bad guy after all, huh?
Jake: Maybe not, but I wouldn't want him to marry my sister.

Narrator: (closing narration) There's an old saying, oft told but seldom heeded: "Never deal with the Devil". But, if by chance you must, it's nice to know he can be a good sport. Just a friendly game of cards among a friendly group of guys who've just come back from the Twilight Zone.

Cultural References
Marty: A Streetcar Called Desire.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerPhilip DeGuere
Supervising ProducerJames Crocker
ProducerHarvey Frand
Associate ProducerMark Michaels  |  Ken Swor
EditorGary Blair Smith
CastingGary M. Zuckerbrod
Unit Production ManagerPaul Wurtzel
First Assistant DirectorRichard Luke Rothschild
Second Assistant DirectorKelly Wimberly
MusicMarius Constant
Music EditorRobert Takagi
Music SupervisorRobert Drasnin
HairstylistDeiree F. Todd
Make-upJack Wilson (2)
Key GripLionel Portugal
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Location ManagerOrin Kennedy
Property MasterJim Zemansky
Production Sound MixerLowell Harris
Script SupervisorKenneth Gilbert (1)
Post Production SupervisorCosmas P. Bolger
Re-Recording MixerPhillip Seretti
Director of PhotographyBradford May
Story EditorRockne S. O'Bannon
Art DirectorWard Preston
Creative ConsultantHarlan Ellison
Production ManagementKen Swor
Sound EditorJeremy Hoenack
Costume SupervisorRobert M. Moore
Visual Effects CoordinatorBruno George
Main Title ThemeMerl Saunders  |  The Grateful Dead
Chief Lighting TechnicianJoseph Capshaw
Music ConsultantBarry DeVorzon
Production ExecutivePaul Tucker
Executive In Charge Of CastingBob Weiner
Executive Story ConsultantAlan Brennert
Special Effects CoordinatorM. Kam Cooney
Sound DesignMickey Hart (1)
Accoustic ConsultantBetsy Cohen
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