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Awesome: The Twilight Zone
  • Jason Foster's blistering "The Reason You Suck" Speech in "The Masks":
    You're CARICATURES, ALL of you! Even without your masks, you're all CARICATURES!
  • Mr. Dickerson's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Wallace V. Whipple in "The Brain Center at Whipple's".
    • Not to mention Dickerson knocking Whipple on his ass.
  • "Death's-Head Revisited". Pretty much everything from "The trial is over" to "Your final judgment will come from God".
  • Lou Bookman making a sales pitch that captivates Death himself in "One For The Angels", saving a girl's life in the process.
  • "The Jeopardy Room". A Soviet defector is being toyed with by 2 spies in his room. He must find a bomb in 3 hours (it's in the phone which will explode if he picks it up after it rings). He takes his chances and escapes. The spies enter the room. The phone rings and one of the spies answers it. The defector was on the other line and he is on his way to New York City.
  • The World War I British pilot Decker's Heroic Sacrifice as revealed at the end of "The Last Flight". It could also double as a Redemption Equals Death, since he was always a coward and originally he left his friend and fellow pilot Mackaye for dead.
  • Romney Wordsworth's death from "The Obsolete Man". Turning the tables against a totalitarian state on live television, all on its own terms.
    • Wordsworth got to pick his own method of execution, and he chose a bomb exploding in a room. This leads to added awesomeness because he traps the chancellor that helped condemn him in the room with a half-hour to go. Wordsworth faces death with dignity, but his foe doesn't. In the last few moments, just as Wordsworth expected, the chancellor cracks and pleads to be released. A pleased Wordsworth agrees and the chancellor escapes the room just in time. Problem is, since the execution was televised, everyone witnessed the chancellor's weakness and the state deems him obsolete - something Wordsworth almost assuredly knew would happen. The ending implies he is given the much more painful death of being torn apart by a furious mob.
  • Jeff Myrtlebank beating up Orgram and later scaring off the townspeople in "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank".
  • The fight between the man and woman in "Two" (and the woman is Elizabeth Montgomery. Yes, it's Charles Bronson vs. Samantha Stevens!).
  • In "He's Alive", an elderly Holocaust survivor finds that his young roommate has become a Neo-Nazi and is giving a speech to some impressionable youngsters. The old man declares, "Never again!" and punches the teen out. Later, the teen angrily shoots him, but the old man decides to Face Death with Dignity and warns the Nazi that, "You can't kill an idea with a bullet."
  • Colonel Sloan's speech to the colonists at the end of "On Thursday We Leave For Home". The leader of the colonists, Captain Benteen, formerly kept the colonists together with the idea that a ship would come to take them back to Earth, because the world they had found was practically uninhabitable, but when the rescue arrives, he's less than willing to give up his authority. He tries to convince them that Earth is a terrible place, and death is certain for all of them if they go. This is how Colonel Sloan responds:
    Sloan: Captain Benteen! Why don't you let your children vote on it?!
    Benteen: Only if they know what's waiting for them! Only if they know the Earth is not a garden. It never was a garden! And it never will be a garden!
    Sloan: Fair enough! Fair enough. Then I'll tell you what Earth is. It's a race of men, struggling for survival. Just as you have survived. And Captain Benteen is quite right when he tells you it isn't a place of all beauty. We may yet have wars, and there still remains prejudice, and I suppose as long as men walk, there will be angry men, jealous men, unforgiving men. But it has one thing that you don't have! One thing. It lets every man be his own master. There won't be any Captain Benteens down there for you. There won't be anybody to tell you when to eat and when to sleep and when to meet. There won't be anyone to tell you when to dance or when to sing or how to play. And instead of the thirst, you may feel hunger! Instead of heat, you may feel cold! But you'll be men and women, you won't be sheep! You won't be a kindergarten! And when you pray to God, his name won't be Benteen!
  • From the revival episode "I of Newton", two words: "Get lost." Which is how the protagonist gets rid of a demon who wants his soul.
    • More specifically, there was a challenge presented: if the protagonist could come up with a task or question the demon couldn't complete, his soul remains untouched; a bonus was being able to ask him 3 questions of anything involving himself. After botching the first, the protagonist uses the remaining two to uncover the following: the demon had literally no limitation on what he could do, where he could go and if he could get back. In other words, he could not get lost.
    • Bonus points for said protagonist being a Badass Mathematician.
  • "Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room" is a half-hour "The Reason You Suck" Speech...that also completely reforms a low-level gangster into someone willing to stand up for himself, be his own person, and live an honest life.
  • "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain" has a woman who married a wealthy man solely for his money, but the man hates being much older than his wife so he confides in his brother to make a youth serum. He takes too much and by the end regresses to a toddler. The woman is ready to ditch him, but then his brother gets his CMOA where he points out if she leaves she'll have nothing so she'll be forced to raise her regressed husband and as he ages so will she so basically the roles will be reversed and if she leaves him alone for one minute she loses everything.
  • "Dealer's Choice" gives a quiet Moment of Awesome to the little guy, and even the Devil himself. A group of friends gathers for a poker game, only to discover that "Nick," the man who is supposedly the cousin of a usual player, is actually Satan. When Nice Guy Marty leaves the table to use the bathroom, the Devil drops the charade and explains that he's come to claim one of the men's souls. They agree to draw cards to determine the loser; that man then plays a game of poker one-on-one with Nick to try to win back his life. Marty returns as things go south for Pete, the loser, and the game is apparently over when the Devil flips the last card to reveal it to be the Tarot "Death." Pete prepares to leave, only for Marty to reach out and touch the card; his complete innocence and simple faith breaks the Devil's power, transforming it into a regular six and making Pete the winner. That's an Awesome Moment in and of itself...but then Satan trumps it by proving himself both Affably Evil and a Graceful Loser, thanking the men for a great time and whipping them up a huge feast, complete with a fridge full of beer.

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