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Martin Sloan (Creator/GigYoung) is an ad executive passing through town one day when his car breaks down. As he's having it serviced, he observes that he's only a mile and a half from his hometown, Homewood. He walks there, arriving to find that the year is 1934 and everyone and everything he left behind is still there, including an 11-year-old version of himself. Waxing nostalgic, he attempts to get in touch with his kid self and warn him not to waste his childhood, but his efforts only scare off young Martin. When he meets his father (dead in the present, alive here), he is met with skepticism, which is only natural. All this culminates in Martin chasing his younger self around a merry-go-round. The boy gets his leg snared in the machinery, causing the older Martin to suffer the same wound. As the panic winds down and people leave the area, Martin's father approaches, having found Martin's wallet and concluded from its contents that Martin is, in fact, from the future. Martin's father advises him that he's in this time period because his nostalgia for Homewood got the better of him, and that he shouldn't force his 11-year-old self to share his childhood, regardless of his intentions. Martin takes his father's advice and rides the merry-go-round one last time to get back to the present.

->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things, but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives - trying to go home again. And also like all men, perhaps there'll be an occasion - maybe a summer night sometime - when he'll look up from what he's doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and the places of his past. And perhaps across his mind, there'll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he'll smile then, too, because he'll know that it is just an errant wish, some wisp of memory, not too important really, some laughing ghosts that would cross a man's mind - that are a part of The Twilight Zone.

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Martin Sloan (Creator/GigYoung) is an ad executive passing through town one day when his car breaks down. As he's having it serviced, he observes that he's only a mile and a half from his hometown, Homewood. He walks there, arriving to find that the year is 1934 and everyone and everything he left behind is still there, including an 11-year-old version of himself. Waxing nostalgic, he attempts to get in touch with his kid self and warn him not to waste his childhood, but his efforts only scare off young Martin. When he meets his father (dead in the present, alive here), he is met with skepticism, which is only natural. All this culminates in Martin chasing his younger self around a merry-go-round. The boy gets his leg snared in the machinery, causing the older Martin to suffer the same wound. As the panic winds down and people leave the area, Martin's father approaches, having found Martin's wallet and concluded from its contents that Martin is, in fact, from the future. Martin's father advises him that he's in this time period because his nostalgia for Homewood got the better of him, and that he shouldn't force his 11-year-old self to share his childhood, regardless of his intentions. Martin takes his father's advice and rides the merry-go-round one last time to get back to the present.

present, carrying with him the limp his misguided attempt to meddle with his past life earned him.

->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things, but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives - trying to go home again. And also like all men, perhaps there'll be an occasion - maybe a summer night sometime - when he'll look up from what he's doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and the places of his past. And perhaps across his mind, there'll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he'll smile then, too, because he'll know that it is ''is'' just an errant wish, some wisp of memory, not too important really, some laughing ghosts that would cross a man's mind - that are a part of The Twilight Zone.

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** Note that this takes place shortly after the scene of him seeing his parents- at least one of whom is hinted to not be alive in 1959.


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* ComicBookAdaptation: This episode was adapted as a graphic novel by Walker Paperback in 2009.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: This episode was adapted as a graphic novel by Walker Paperback in 2009.2008.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: This episode was adapted as a graphic novel by Walker Paperback in 2009.


* {{Tuckerization}}: A sign reads that Ralph N. Nelson is the proprietor of the service station where Martin stops. He is named after the series' production manager Ralph W. Nelson.

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* {{Tuckerization}}: A sign reads says that Ralph N. Nelson is the proprietor of the service station where Martin stops. He is named after the series' production manager Ralph W. Nelson.

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* GenreBlindness: Martin meets himself as an 11-year-boy but he does not realize that he has traveled back in time until a teenager tells him that his 1934 roadster is brand new.

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* {{Tuckerization}}: A sign reads that Ralph N. Nelson is the proprietor of the service station where Martin stops. He is named after the series' production manager Ralph W. Nelson.

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* BookEnds: Rod Serling's opening and closing narrations both begin with "Martin Sloan, age thirty-six."

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Air date: Oct. 30, 1959


* TimeTravel: Martin's wistful memories of his childhood wind up whisking him 25 years back to that childhood.

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* TimeTravel: TimeTravelEpisode: The first episode using time travel, which would be a frequent trope throughout the run of ''The Twilight Zone''. Martin's wistful memories of his childhood wind up whisking him 25 years back to that childhood.


[[[[caption-width-right:350: Martin Sloan watches himself [[DoubleMeaning get carried away.]]]]

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[[[[caption-width-right:350: [[caption-width-right:350: Martin Sloan watches himself [[DoubleMeaning get carried away.]]]]



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[[[[caption-width-right:350: Martin Sloan watches himself [[DoubleMeaning get carried away.]]]]


Martin Sloan (Creator/GigYoung) is an ad executive passing through town one day when his car breaks down. As he's having it serviced, he observes that he's only a mile and a half from his hometown, Homewood. He walks there, but finds that he has not only strolled into his hometown, but that the year is 1934, and everyone and everything he left is, naturally still there, including an 11-year-old version of himself. Waxing nostalgic, he attempts to get in touch with his kid self, to warn him not to waste his childhood, but his efforts only scare off 11-year-old Martin. When he meets his father (dead in the present, alive here), he is met with skepticism, which is only natural, since he claims to be the future version of this man's 11-year-old son. All this culminates in Martin chasing his kid self around a merry-go-round. The boy gets his leg snared in the machinery, causing Martin himself to suffer the same wound. As the panic winds down and people leave the area, Martin's father approaches, having found Martin's wallet, which he dropped whilst visiting them earlier, had a look, and concluded Martin is, in fact, from the future. Martin's father advises him that he's in this time period because his nostalgia for Homewood got the better of him, and that he shouldn't force his 11-year-old self to share his childhood, regardless of his intentions. Martin takes his father's advice, and rides the merry-go-round one last time to get back to the present.

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Martin Sloan (Creator/GigYoung) is an ad executive passing through town one day when his car breaks down. As he's having it serviced, he observes that he's only a mile and a half from his hometown, Homewood. He walks there, but finds that he has not only strolled into his hometown, but arriving to find that the year is 1934, 1934 and everyone and everything he left is, naturally behind is still there, including an 11-year-old version of himself. Waxing nostalgic, he attempts to get in touch with his kid self, to self and warn him not to waste his childhood, but his efforts only scare off 11-year-old young Martin. When he meets his father (dead in the present, alive here), he is met with skepticism, which is only natural, since he claims to be the future version of this man's 11-year-old son. natural. All this culminates in Martin chasing his kid younger self around a merry-go-round. The boy gets his leg snared in the machinery, causing the older Martin himself to suffer the same wound. As the panic winds down and people leave the area, Martin's father approaches, having found Martin's wallet, which he dropped whilst visiting them earlier, had a look, wallet and concluded from its contents that Martin is, in fact, from the future. Martin's father advises him that he's in this time period because his nostalgia for Homewood got the better of him, and that he shouldn't force his 11-year-old self to share his childhood, regardless of his intentions. Martin takes his father's advice, advice and rides the merry-go-round one last time to get back to the present.



* AnAesop: We all wish we could revisit good past times in our life, especially when things seem bad now but nostalgia can be a dangerous thing. Being caught up in it can be harmful to one's self and, as hard as it may be sometimes, it's better to live in the present.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Martin looks back fondly on his innocent young days, but being there as a 36-year-old man who doesn't belong there is not pleasant.
* BittersweetEnding: Martin has to return to his adult life and ends up with a bad leg as a result of his actions but he seems to have started to trying to let go of his past and realizes he can still find happiness as an adult.

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* AnAesop: We all wish we could revisit good past times in our life, especially when things seem bad now now, but nostalgia can be a dangerous thing. Being caught up in it can be harmful to one's self and, self, so as hard as it may be sometimes, it's better best to live in the present.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Martin looks back fondly on his innocent young days, but being there as a 36-year-old man who doesn't belong there is not pleasant.
* BittersweetEnding: Martin has to return to his adult life and ends up with a bad leg as a result of his actions actions, but he seems to have started to trying to let go of his past and realizes he can still find happiness as an adult.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: At the gas station; Martin's interaction with the gas station attendant firmly establishes him as cranky and stressed-out.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: At the gas station; station. Martin's interaction with the gas station attendant firmly establishes him as cranky and stressed-out.


* DutchAngles: Sharp Dutch Angles are used for the entire sequence where Martin goes to the merry-go-round and has an unpleasant encounter with his childhood self. When Martin's father, who now believes him, shows up to deliver AnAesop, the picture straightens back up to vertical.

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* DutchAngles: DutchAngle: Sharp Dutch Angles are used for the entire sequence where Martin goes to the merry-go-round and has an unpleasant encounter with his childhood self. When Martin's father, who now believes him, shows up to deliver AnAesop, the picture straightens back up to vertical.

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