The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Nick of Time 

A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.


Richard L. Bare


Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Don Carter
Patricia Breslin ... Pat Carter
Guy Wilkerson ... Counterman
Stafford Repp ... Mechanic
Walter Reed ... Desperate Man
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Desperate Woman


Don and Pat Carter are on their honeymoon when their car breaks down in the small town of Ridgeview, Ohio. They have a few hours to spare while their car is being repaired and spend time in the diner. There they find a fortune-telling machine, a game where you can ask a question and for a penny will spit out an innocuous answer. When the machine apparently begins to predict events - Don's promotion at work, a near accident on the street outside - a superstitious Don becomes infatuated with the device threatening his marriage and his future with Pat. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

18 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Nick of Time See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first "TZ" episode to feature a future Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) regular, in this case William Shatner. James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, and George Takei later all had guest appearances on the Twilight Zone, albeit none of them in the same episode. See more »


Don puts two pennies, not one, into the fortune telling machine before asking the question, "Is it really going to be four hours before we're going to get out of here?" See more »


Pat Carter: You're just a stupid piece of junk, aren't you?
Don Carter: It all depends upon your point of view.
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »


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24 April 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While driving on honeymoon trip through Ohio, the newlywed Don and Pat Carter have to stop in Ridgeview since their gas pump is broken. The mechanic asks for a few hours to repair the car and Don and Pat go to a diner to have lunch. On the table, there is a fortune-telling machine "mystic seer" and Don starts questioning the machine about their future. When the machine apparently respond accurate replies, the superstitious Don becomes addicted to ask about their future threatening his marriage.

"Nick of Time" is an intriguing episode of "The Twilight Zone". Don´s interpretation to the answers of the mystic seer indicates that the machine provides accurate answer. Fortunately for him his wife is wiser and asks him to let them make their future. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Na Hora H" ("In the Right Time")

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