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The Twilight Zone: The Misfortune Cookie

An arrogant newspaper food critic gets his just desserts at a Chinese restaurant he reviewed without having eaten their first.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x35
Airdate: Friday January 03rd, 1986

  • Currently 7/10
7/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Elliott Gould
As Harry Folger

Co-Guest Stars
Bennett Ohta
As Mr. Lee
Caroline Lagerfelt
As April Hamilton
Claire Carter
As Glamorous Gourmet
John G. Scanlon
As O' Malley
Elven Havard
As Guard
Al Leong
As Proprieter
Main Cast
Charles Aidman
voiced Narrator


Food critic Harry Folger is in his office making snide remarks about a TV food reviewer, Dana Duchow, who is reviewing Philly cheese steaks. He boasts that his reputation is built on more upscale restaurants, but his co-worker points out that Folger enjoys trashing restaurant. Duchow mentions Mr. Lee’s Chinese Cuisine and boasts how good the food is. Folger decides to write a review without going there, and boasts he’ll go there later to get a matchbook to put in h is miniature graveyard of restaurants he’s panned...

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Episode Notes
No opening voiceover.

Episode Quotes
Harry Folger: "Mr. Lee's Chinese Cuisine. If you love your Pekingese, don't ask for a doggy bag."

(Closing Voiceover)
Narrator: Check, please, for Mr. Harry Folger. For whom the phrase "dim sum" is not merely a description, but a damnation. A man who finds himself sitting down to a single, neverending course of just desserts. Prepared for him in the kitchens of the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerPhilip DeGuere
Supervising ProducerJames Crocker
ProducerHarvey Frand
Associate ProducerMark Michaels
EditorGreg Wong
CastingGary M. Zuckerbrod
Line ProducerKen Swor
Unit Production ManagerPaul Wurtzel
First Assistant DirectorPaul Deason
Second Assistant DirectorDawn Easterling  |  Kelly Wimberly
MusicMerl Saunders  |  Marius Constant
Music EditorRobert Takagi
Music SupervisorRobert Drasnin
Costume DesignerRobert M. Moore
Set DecoratorRochelle Moser  |  Robert L. Zilliox
Property MasterJim Zemansky
Production Sound MixerLowell Harris
Script SupervisorKenneth Gilbert (1)
Re-Recording MixerPhillip Seretti
Director of PhotographyBradford May
Story EditorRockne S. O'Bannon
Art DirectorWard Preston
Post Production CoordinatorHoward Brock  |  Hali Paul
Creative ConsultantHarlan Ellison
Sound EditorJeremy Hoenack
Costume SupervisorJudith Grant
Visual Effects CoordinatorBruno George
Main Title ThemeThe Grateful Dead  |  Merl Saunders
Production ExecutivePaul Tucker
Executive In Charge Of CastingBob Weiner
Executive Story ConsultantAlan Brennert
Post Production ExecutiveCosmas P. Bolger
Sound DesignMickey Hart (1)
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 1 episode 35 guide may contain spoilers
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