- A Kind of a Stopwatch
Infobox Television episode
Title = A Kind of a Stopwatch
Series = The Twilight Zone
Caption = Scene from "A Kind of a Stopwatch"
Season = 5
Episode = 124
October 18, 1963
(From an unpublished story by
Michael D. Rosenthal.)
Director = John Rich
Richard Erdman: Patrick Thomas McNulty
Roy Roberts: Mr. Cooper
Leon Belasco: Potts
Herbie Faye: Joe
Nathan Van Cleave
Episode list =
List of Twilight Zone episodes
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
The Last Night of a Jockey
"A Kind of a Stopwatch" is an episode of the
American televisionanthology series "The Twilight Zone".
Patrick McNulty, a talkative and unpopular know-it-all, befriends an odd man named Potts, whom he meets in the local bar the day after McNulty is fired. Potts offers him a stopwatch, “an old family heirloom” in exchange for his friendship. Thinking it's an odd gift, McNulty soon realizes that when the button is pressed, the stopwatch is capable of stopping time itself. Excited with his new toy, he unsuccessfully uses it in an attempt to win back his job and his friends. Disappointed at the results, McNulty finds another use for it. While he is robbing a bank, the watch falls and breaks to pieces—leaving the universe forever frozen in time except for McNulty, who now has no one to talk to or interact with, and is all alone in a still world.
Preview for Next Week's Story
*This episode is parodied in the last segment of
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XIV
*DeVoe, Bill. (2008). "Trivia from The Twilight Zone". Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1593931360
*Grams, Martin. (2008). "The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic". Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0970331090
*Zicree, Marc Scott: "The Twilight Zone Companion". Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)
Twilight Zone links
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)
*imdb title|id=0734542|title=A Kind of a Stopwatch
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.