Twilight Zone First Season

*=pseudonym of Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore

"You're looking at Mr. Renard, who carries on his shoulder a chip the size of the national debt. This is a sour man, a friendless man, a lonely man, a grasping, compulsive, nervous man. This is a man who has lived thirty-six undistinguished, meaningless, pointless, failure-laden years and who at this moment looks for an escape - any escape, any way, anything, anybody - to get out of the rut... And this little old man is just what Mr. Renard is waiting for."

Pedott is a sidewalk salesman. He has the ability to give someone just what they need. To Renard he gives a pair of scissors. They save Renard's life when his tie gets caught in an elevator. But Renard wants more, and sensing that Renard will eventually kill him, Pedott gies him a pair of shoes. Suddenly, a car comes speeding around a corner. Renard tries to run, but the new soles are too slippery and he can't get any traction on the wet pavement. He is killed, and Pedott knows he is now safe.

"Street scene. Night. Traffic accident. Victim named Fred Renard, gentleman with a sour face to whom contentment came with difficulty. Fred Renard, who took all that was needed... in the Twilight Zone."

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


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