A Self-Imposed “Silence”
Rod Serling, as fans of The Twilight Zone well know, was a master of dialogue. Veteran actors such as Jack Klugman (“A Game of Pool”) often spoke of what a treat it was to act out one of his scripts, which were filled with pithy observations and stinging critiques.
Interesting, then, that he also wrote an episode titled “The Silence.” It concerned a memorable wager: Stay silent for a year, and win $500,000.
Of course, in real life, the silent treatment isn’t quite as hard to coax from some people. They’ll do it for any number of reasons.
So when the hashtag #ReasonsWeStoppedTalking popped up on Twitter recently, I thought of several TZ-related conditions that might prompt the cold shoulder. I huddled with my intrepid “Gal Friday,” Wendy, and here’s what we came up with:
Reasons We Stopped Talking, TZ-Style
- Little Anthony wished you into the cornfield.
- That third arm made you a BIT too grabby.
- You wouldn’t let me into your bomb shelter during the last air raid.
- I asked the Mystic Seer if I should stop, and he replied, “There’s no question about it.”
- I “accidentally” tossed your dictation tape in the fire. Oops.
- No house on the block has power … except yours.
- You locked me in a cell, then told everyone not to let me out.
- The 11th operation to make you look normal didn’t take.
- We planned a trip to Willoughby, but you missed our stop.
- It was MY turn to leave the store, and YOU stayed away an extra week!
- You’re apparently too busy having fun on the Kanamit home planet.
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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!