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Albert Brock detests noise and ends up in a mental hospital after destroying all the things he comes across that produce sound.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x2
Airdate: Friday July 27th, 1990

Director: Roger Tompkins
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Bruce WeitzBruce Weitz
As Albert Brock
Cedric SmithCedric Smith
As Dr. Arnold Fellows
Donna AkerstonDonna Akerston
As Agnes Brock
Michael HaighMichael Haigh
As Mr. Jessup
Main Cast


Dr. Fellows is en route when his secretary calls to fax him his visitor's permit to see Albert Brock at the Meadowbrook Mental Institute. His son then calls to ask for his allowance. After talking to him briefly, Dr. Fellows goes to the institute and enters an isolated cell where there is none of the daily sounds of modern life. Brock emerges from the shadows and explains that he kicked the radio to death to ensure that there was silence in his cell. Brock introduces himself as the murderer, but explains he only kills machines...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Murderer" by Ray Bradbury. This story was first published in Argosy (June 1953).

Episode Quotes
Albert Brock: "In touch." I hate that phrase. Ripped, mauled, pounded by FM voices is more like it. I mean, there's literally no place where a person can go anymore to find some peace. Not the bathroom, not even your own car.

Albert Brock: I bought a chocolate milk shake and poured it into my fax machine.
Dr. Arnold Fellows: Is there any special reason why you chose a chocolate milk shake?
Albert Brock: It's my favorite flavor.

Changes from the short story:

* "The psychiatrist" in the story is given a name, Dr. Fellows.
* The idea of "lapel phones" is introduced in the episode.
* At the end of the short story, the psychiatrist simply goes on his way, seemingly unaccustomed to the noise. In the episode, he becomes Brock's first convert.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Pamela Meekings-Stewart
Production DesignerRick Kofoed
CastingFrances Walsh  |  Susan Forrest  |  Mary Ann Barton
First Assistant DirectorJoe Nolan
Second Assistant DirectorWi Rakete
Make-upSarah Anderson (2)
Key GripMichael Knudson
Camera OperatorRichard Bluck
Location ManagerMartin Walsh (3)
Production CoordinatorKaren Gleave  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Assistant EditorEric De Beus
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt  |  Ross Chambers
GafferSteve Latty
Director of PhotographyAlun Bollinger
Production SecretarySarah Bailey
Art DirectorDanny Black
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorPhil Burton
Dubbing MixerJohn Neill  |  Mike Hedges
Sound RecordistDon Paulin
Boom OperatorGrant Lawson
Production AccountantAnne Marie Cormier  |  Maureen Zust
Extras CastingLorae Parry
Film EditorJamie Selkirk
Wardrobe AssistantHilary Niederer
Executive In Charge Of ProductionFern Field
Production ExecutiveMarie Watson
Unit ManagerAlex Collins (2)
Music DirectorLouis Natale
ContinuityJenny Vail
Focus PullerJames Cowley
ComposerDonald Quan
Wardrobe SupervisorGlenis Foster
Still PhotographerMartin Stewart
Assistant GripRoger Feenstra
Assistant Dubbing MixerChris Verburg
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