Nick of Time
"The hand belongs to Mr. Don S. Carter, male member of a honeymoon team on route across the Ohio countryside to New York City. In one moment, they will be subjected to a gift most humans never receive in a lifetime. For one penny, they will be able to look into the future. The time is now, the place is a little diner in Ridgeview, Ohio, and what this young couple doesn't realize is that this town happens to lie on the outskirts of the Twilight Zone."
Rod Serling spoke those words during the opening of the Second season's seventh episode of the legendary TV show, The Twilight Zone.
When Don and Pat Carter's automobile breaks down in Ridgeview, Ohio, they decide to have lunch at the Busy Bee Cafe while they wait. The booth they sit in has a fortune-telling machine on the table that answers yes or no questions for a penny each. Don's a very superstitous person. He asks the "Mystic Seer" if he is going to get a promotion at work. The card says that it has been decided in his favor. When Don calls the office, he discovers that the seer was right. Because of this initial success, Don asks the seer more and more questions, each one more probing into his future and life with his new bride.
The Mystic Seer is the third major character in this episode next to Don and Pat. Many of Rod Serling's TZ episodes featured props that have a life of their own or become a critical part of the story line. It's seeing these props again after all of these years, that evokes those feelings you had the first time you saw the related TZ episode
We all remember Talking Tina who terrorized a very young Telly Savalas in the episode "Living Doll" and the camera from "A Most Unusual Camera" which could see the future.
...more to come