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A good Twilight Zone episode on the Marathon at 8 PM!  And fitting for all the New Year’s Prognosticating going on this week… 

Narrator: [Opening Narration] The hand belongs to Mr. Don S. Carter, male member of a honeymoon team on route across the Ohio countryside to New York City. In one moment, they will be subjected to a gift most humans never receive in a lifetime. For one penny, they will be able to look into the future. The time is now, the place is a little diner in Ridgeview, Ohio, and what this young couple doesn’t realize is that this town happens to lie on the outskirts of the Twilight Zone.

[Don has been obsessing over the devil-headed fortune telling machine]

Pat Carter: Don, it’s just a napkin holder in a little cafe in Ridgeview, Ohio.

Don Carter: Don’t treat me like I’m a retarded child!

Pat Carter: It doesn’t matter whether it can foretell the future. What matters is whether you believe more in luck and in fortune than you do in yourself. You can decide your own life. You have a mind, a wonderful mind. Don’t destroy it trying to justify that cheap penny fortune machine to yourself. We can have a wonderful life together… if we make it wonderful ourselves. I don’t want to know what’s going to happen. I want us to make it happen together.

Narrator: [Closing Narration] Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence – having escaped one of the darker places of the Twilight Zone.