Rod Serling sets the scene like a half-amused beatnik with a few minutes to lay it all out for "squares".
Who doesn't enjoy to love or hate William Shatner? He's too big to ignore completely. Shh-h-h-h-h-atner. The word should be a verb for over-acting. The guy wore a man-girdle and tupee for three years as Captain James "Jim" Tiberius Kirk and was still a sex symbol. Come on! No. Seriously. Come on!
Nick of Time (episode from season two of the series), first broadcast in November of 1960, features Kirk wheeling into town with his new MILF/Cougar wife wincingly played by Patricia Breslin, who later married both Darren from Bewitched and the Cleveland Browns former owner Art Modell. That being noted, in The Nick Of Time, The Carters are on there way to big bucks as Kirk has landed a high-powered job in New York City.
Before cell phones or tricorders, 20th century man relied on cheap gimmicks to communicate with his world.
Enter the icy hand of Chance, coming in the form of a innocent looking "fortune-telling machine" that looks suspiciously like a napkin dispenser. The Carter's stop for lunch during their road trip at the Busy Bee Cafe in the fictional town of Ridgedale, Ohio and begin consulting the machine.
Although this episode was written by Richard Matheson (of "I Am Legend" fame) several ridiculous things keep happening in this episode. The fortune machine keeps correctly predicting the future while Kirk's wife gets antsy about his faith the machine - a faith that results in them never leaving good old Ridgedale because a bedeviled napkin dispenser said "no".
Wikipedia, The Nick of Time
Cult TV, Twilight Zone Episode Guide
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