What's in the Box

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"What's in the Box"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 144
Directed by Richard L. Bare
Written by Martin Goldsmith
Featured music Stock
Production code 2635
Original air date March 13, 1964
Guest actors

Joan Blondell: Phyllis Britt
William Demarest: Joe Britt
Sterling Holloway: TV Repairman
Herbert Lytton: Dr. Saltman
Sandra Gould: Woman

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"What's in the Box" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.


Joe and Phyllis Britt are an old married couple in New York City who do not get along. Joe gets home from his job as a cab driver late one night and Phyllis accuses him of seeing another woman. In the meantime, a television repairman is in the next room fixing their broken set. Irritated, Joe harasses the repairman about the inconvenience and cost. The repairman abruptly closes the open TV panel and announces the TV is fixed. He leaves and the TV starts getting channel 10, a station showing the past, present, and future of Joe and Phyllis's lives. However, only Joe can see it. The TV shows Joe seeing another woman, killing Phyllis in a fight, his trial and conviction for murder, and his execution in the electric chair. Phyllis is convinced that Joe has lost his mind and taunts him. Joe, angered, attacks her and kills her by accident by pushing her out a window during a fight, just as he had seen on the television screen. As Joe is arrested by the police, he comes face-to-face with the TV repairman, who asks if he will recommend him to others. The repairman smirks to the audience as Joe is taken away.


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