Twilight Zone First Season

"Commonplace-if-somewhat-grim unsocial event known as a necktie party, the guest of dishonor a cowboy named Joe Caswell, just a moment away from a rope, a short dance several feet off the ground, and then the dark eternity of all evil men. Mr. Joe Caswell, who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, a heart, a feeling for fellow men, must have been out for a beer and missed out. Mr. Joe Caswell, in the last quiet moment of a violent life.."

As Joe Caswell is being hanged for shooting a man in the back, he suddenly disappears. He reappears in the modern laboratory of Professor Manion, who invented the time machine that saved his life. Seeing the rope burns, Manion tries to send Caswell back, and is knocked unconscious in the ensuing struggle. Caswell leaves the laboratory, but soon returns after being confused by the lights and noise. He finds that he has killed the scientist. Paul Johnson, a petty thief, enters the lab. Johnson strangles Caswell and accidentally activates the time machine. He is sent back to 1880, and into the noose meant for Caswell.

"This is November, 1880, the aftermath of a necktie party. The victim's name - Paul Johnson, a minor-league criminal and the taker of another human life. No comment on his death save this: Justice can span years. Retribution is not subject to a calendar. Tonight's case in point in the Twilight Zone."

Notes: Part of this was re-used for "The Whole Truth."

Notes and corrected narrations courtesy of Twilight Zone Cafe Moderator, Matt Vandermast (aka "James B.W. Bevis")


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