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Ms. Bix: How many hours a day do you spend in here, anyhow?
[Arnie whispers in her ear]
Ms. Bix: Good heavens! He can't spend the rest of his...!
The Cube was an hour-long teleplay that aired on NBC's weekly show NBC Experiment in Television on February 23, 1969. The production was produced and directed by puppeteer Jim Henson, the screenplay co-written by long-time Muppet writer Jerry Juhl (who also appears in a cameo).The story follows Richard Schaal as a man trapped in a cubical white room that anyone else could enter and leave, but which he himself apparently could not leave. The main character, simply named The Man in The Cube, is subjected to an increasingly puzzling and frustrating series of encounters as a variety of people come through various hidden doors. But as many remind him, he can only leave through his own door, so he must find it.Not to be confused with Cube.
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Alien Blood: The protagonist cuts himself and tastes his own blood. It's Strawberry Jam.
And I Must Scream: One possible interpretation of the ending — the man will be stuck in the Cube being tormented by his visitors until the end of time.
Muppet performer Jerry Nelson appears on-screen as a monk.
While the Man is being shown the end of the teleplay on a TV set, we see the names of both Joe Raposo (one of Sesame Street 's songwriters and music composers) and Don Sahlin (Jim Henson's original Muppet builder) scroll during the closing credits. Neither of them actually worked on the actual special, though.
"Groundhog Day" Loop: Implied by the strawberry jam on the stool, which is the same stool that the man broke the Ramadar with.
Gaslighting: Furniture appears and disappears when the man's back is turned suggesting they are being moved when he's not looking. Of course it could just be his mind.
Happy Ending: Discussed and subverted. The film critic shows the man the play's ending in advance — the man's healthy, happy, and even got the girl... but he's still in the cube. And to top it off, he doesn't actually want the girl. The play eventually ends on a cruel note, with the man escaping the cube only to find himself back inside just before the credits roll.
Shape Shifter: One of the visitors drops in on the man, at first, looking like a beautiful young lady, but as she converses with him about you can trust nobody, because no one out there are what they seem, she shifts more and more into a hideous old crone.