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Episode 2.1 - Wordplay

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Original Air Date: October 4, 1985
Stars: Robert Klein, Annie Potts, Adam Raber, Robert Downey Sr.
Writer: Rockne S O'Bannen
Director: Wes Craven

An overburdened salesman thinks he's losing his sanity as everyone's speech gradually becomes gibberish to him.



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A 7 from me. Nicely executed story with a not too bad ending.

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I used to show this to my students at school. We all used to laugh at
what we had for dinosaur. :lol:


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A man finds he is unable to communicate with others. It's fun when Robert Klein starts misunderstanding conversations, but then we feel frustration and desperation along with the character as the problem grows.

This segment has a nice ending, but certainly not a sugary sweet one, as we realize what's ahead for Klein's character.

My Rating: 8 - Very Good

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I used to show this to my students at school. We all used to laugh at what we had for dinosaur. :lol:


"Lunch ... you know, it's a color. Kind of - a light red."


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So this is where 'dinosaur = lunch' came from! When I heard that while watching, I laughed a bit, but honestly, this was definitely a top episode. A fairly mundane setting with frustrating developments. A nice spin on language barriers/miscommunications, and well executed. Robert Klein was great -- very believable. I liked the sort of 'open-ended' ending -- I anticipated everything returning to normal.

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I've always believed that this episode was a heads up for the
Rap Music Industry. :wtf: Hence, the open and confused ending. :lol:

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I liked it. I liked the original concept. I seem to remember i laughed a few times when i saw it. 9.

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A shifting of reality takes place here, again challenging our notions on what reality really is. Is it - reality - really solid, unwavering, or is it subject to changes without a moment's notice? Maybe we don't even know it when it shifts; if we did, we'd be in the same boat as the perplexed main character here, played by Robert Klein.
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The shift in reality for Bill Lowery (Klein) begins subtly, almost imperceptibly. One morning, his wife mentions the name of their new doctor, "Bumper," which sounds a bit odd, but Bill doesn't give it another thought. Later, his neighbor refers to his dog like an "encyclopedia." This sounds more odd to Bill, but he needs to focus on his job. However, these odd moments start to pile up, as in when a work associate says "dinosaur" instead of the word "lunch." Dinosaur? Dinosaur :? ? !

This episode is very effective due to, in no small way, Klein's excellent performance; known mostly for his comedic roles, Klein nails every scene here, projecting the confusion and then despair that informs his scenes. And, the steady erosion of Bill's world is done with panache, in a very well-executed fashion - this is almost perfectly paced. This rearranging of reality is what the Twilight Zone is best known for, as in such episodes as Person or Persons Unknown and A World of a Difference on the old show. I give this one... a 9!


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A pretty good episode, what makes it work so well is the subtlety of language changing, from the odd few words to begin with, to eventually everything changing its meaning, Robert Klein does a suitably good job of being frustrated and annoyed by the situation too. 8/10


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