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* MinimalCast: Robert Cummings is the only actor in the episode until the last five minutes.

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* MinimalCast: MinimalistCast: Robert Cummings is the only actor in the episode until the last five minutes.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: At one point, Embry wonders whether his experience in the desert is nothing more than an hallucination.



* MinimalCast: Robert Cummings is the only actor in the episode until the last five minutes.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The episode was inspired by the story of the ''Lady Be Good'', a World War II bomber which crashed in the Libyan desert in 1943, but was rediscovered in 1958, only two years before this episode aired. The missing crew likewise refers to the missing crew of the ''Lady Be Good'', who were later discovered to have perished trekking across the desert under the mistaken belief they were near the Mediterranean Sea, instead of over 400 miles inland. Finally, the date on the grave is the date which the ''Lady Be Good'' vanished.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The episode was inspired by the story of the ''Lady Be Good'', a World War II bomber which crashed in the Libyan desert in on April 4, 1943, but was rediscovered in 1958, only two years before this episode aired. The missing crew likewise refers to the missing crew of the ''Lady Be Good'', who were later discovered to have perished trekking across the desert under the mistaken belief they were near the Mediterranean Sea, instead of over 400 miles inland. Finally, the date on the Sgt. William F. Kline's grave is April 5, 1943, the date which day after that the ''Lady Be Good'' vanished.


* OrWasItADream: the episode's TwistEnding. The nurse finds sand in Embry's shoes, indicating he went somewhere...

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* OrWasItADream: the The episode's TwistEnding. The nurse finds sand in Embry's shoes, indicating he went somewhere...


* OrWasItADream: the episode's TwistEnding.

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* OrWasItADream: the episode's TwistEnding. The nurse finds sand in Embry's shoes, indicating he went somewhere...



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[[caption-width-right:350: James Embry and his downed King Nine.]]


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* TheAloner
* TheCaptain: Embry.

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* TheAloner
TheAloner: Embry all alone with his crashed plane.
* TheCaptain: Embry. He keeps talking about how he's responsible for his men. The ending reveals how he's been wracked with guilt for years.
* InnerMonologue: Much of the episode is Embry's panicked thoughts when he finds he's alone in the desert with his plane.
* LaughingMad: Embry starts cackling in a deranged manner near the end when he starts thinking that everything is an illusion.
* NoseArt: The ''King Nine'' has an elaborate painting of a king of hearts on the nose.


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The episode was inspired by the 1958 rediscovery of the ''Lady Be Good'', a World War II bomber which crashed in the Libyan desert in 1943, only two years before this episode aired. The missing crew likewise refers to the missing crew of the ''Lady Be Good'', who were later discovered to have perished trekking across the desert under the mistaken belief they were near the Mediterranean Sea, instead of over 400 miles inland. Finally, the date on the grave is the date which the ''Lady Be Good'' vanished.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The episode was inspired by the 1958 rediscovery story of the ''Lady Be Good'', a World War II bomber which crashed in the Libyan desert in 1943, but was rediscovered in 1958, only two years before this episode aired. The missing crew likewise refers to the missing crew of the ''Lady Be Good'', who were later discovered to have perished trekking across the desert under the mistaken belief they were near the Mediterranean Sea, instead of over 400 miles inland. Finally, the date on the grave is the date which the ''Lady Be Good'' vanished.


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Enigma buried in the sand, a question mark with broken wings that lies in silent grace as a marker in a desert shrine. Odd how the real consorts with the shadows, how the present fuses with the past. How does it happen? The question is on file in the silent desert. And the answer? The answer is waiting for us… in The Twilight Zone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Enigma buried in the sand, a question mark with broken wings that lies in silent grace as a marker in a desert shrine. Odd how the real consorts with the shadows, how the present fuses with the past. How does it happen? The question is on file in the silent desert. And the answer? The answer is waiting for us… in The the Twilight Zone.


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning, she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in the wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day or any other day.

The UsefulNotes/WorldWarII B-25 Mitchell bomber King Nine has crashed in the desert. Captain James Embry (Robert Cummings) finds himself stranded, alone except for the wreckage and the mystery of what happened to his crew, all of whom have disappeared. The movement of the plane in the wind and his visions of the missing men serve to heighten Embry's disorientation.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, ''King Nine'', B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning, she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in the wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day or any other day.

The UsefulNotes/WorldWarII B-25 Mitchell bomber King Nine ''King Nine'' has crashed in the desert. Captain James Embry (Robert Cummings) finds himself stranded, alone except for the wreckage and the mystery of what happened to his crew, all of whom have disappeared. The movement of the plane in the wind and his visions of the missing men serve to heighten Embry's disorientation.



Confident that Embry will recover, two doctors discuss that Embry's suffering has been triggered by a newspaper headline. The paper has reported the desert discovery of the long-lost King Nine, which had not returned to base from a mission during the war. Having come down with a fever just before he was to board the ill-fated flight, Embry had been replaced on the mission by another captain. Embry's sight of the headline has triggered survivor guilt, in which, we are to understand, he has imagined himself at the crash site.

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Confident that Embry will recover, two doctors discuss that Embry's suffering has been triggered by a newspaper headline. The paper has reported the desert discovery of the long-lost King Nine, ''King Nine'', which had not returned to base from a mission during the war. Having come down with a fever just before he was to board the ill-fated flight, Embry had been replaced on the mission by another captain. Embry's sight of the headline has triggered survivor guilt, in which, we are to understand, he has imagined himself at the crash site.



->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Enigma buried in the sand, a question mark with broken wings that lies in silent grace as a marker in a desert shrine. Odd how the real consorts with the shadows, how the present fuses with the past. How does it happen? The question is on file in the silent desert. And the answer? The answer is waiting for us...in The Twilight Zone.

!!King Tropes Will Not Return:

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Enigma buried in the sand, a question mark with broken wings that lies in silent grace as a marker in a desert shrine. Odd how the real consorts with the shadows, how the present fuses with the past. How does it happen? The question is on file in the silent desert. And the answer? The answer is waiting for us...us… in The Twilight Zone.

!!King Tropes !!''King Tropes'' Will Not Return:


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The episode was inspired by the 1958 rediscovery of the ''Lady Be Good'', a World War 2 bomber which crashed in the Libyan desert in 1943, only two years before this episode aired. The missing crew likewise refers to the missing crew of the ''Lady Be Good'', who were later discovered to have perished trekking across the desert under the mistaken belief they were near the Mediterranean Sea, instead of over 400 miles inland. Finally, the date on the grave is the date which the ''Lady Be Good'' vanished.
* SurvivorGuilt: the doctors say Embry has this as a result of ''King Nine'' crashing when (thanks to illness) he had to stay behind.
* ThirstyDesert: the place where Embry finds himself. He collapses after being there for several hours.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The episode was inspired by the 1958 rediscovery of the ''Lady Be Good'', a World War 2 II bomber which crashed in the Libyan desert in 1943, only two years before this episode aired. The missing crew likewise refers to the missing crew of the ''Lady Be Good'', who were later discovered to have perished trekking across the desert under the mistaken belief they were near the Mediterranean Sea, instead of over 400 miles inland. Finally, the date on the grave is the date which the ''Lady Be Good'' vanished.
* SurvivorGuilt: the The doctors say Embry has this as a result of ''King Nine'' crashing when (thanks to illness) he had to stay behind.
* ThirstyDesert: the The place where Embry finds himself. He collapses after being there for several hours.


Embry finds the grave of one of his crewmen and sees, in the sky, Navy F9F Cougar (Blue Angels) jets, impossible for the time. He collapses in the sand, and we discover that he is actually suffering hallucinations from a hospital bed, 17 years after the crash.

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Embry finds the grave of one of his crewmen and sees, in the sky, Navy F9F [=F9F=] Cougar (Blue Angels) jets, impossible for the time. He collapses in the sand, and we discover that he is actually suffering hallucinations from a hospital bed, 17 years after the crash.


The UsefulNotes/WorldWarII B-25 Mitchell bomber King Nine has crashed in the desert. Captain James Embry finds himself stranded, alone except for the wreckage and the mystery of what happened to his crew, all of whom have disappeared. The movement of the plane in the wind and his visions of the missing men serve to heighten Embry's disorientation.

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The UsefulNotes/WorldWarII B-25 Mitchell bomber King Nine has crashed in the desert. Captain James Embry (Robert Cummings) finds himself stranded, alone except for the wreckage and the mystery of what happened to his crew, all of whom have disappeared. The movement of the plane in the wind and his visions of the missing men serve to heighten Embry's disorientation.


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The World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber King Nine has crashed in the desert. Captain James Embry finds himself stranded, alone except for the wreckage and the mystery of what happened to his crew, all of whom have disappeared. The movement of the plane in the wind and his visions of the missing men serve to heighten Embry's disorientation.

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The World War II UsefulNotes/WorldWarII B-25 Mitchell bomber King Nine has crashed in the desert. Captain James Embry finds himself stranded, alone except for the wreckage and the mystery of what happened to his crew, all of whom have disappeared. The movement of the plane in the wind and his visions of the missing men serve to heighten Embry's disorientation.



!! This episode contains the following tropes:

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!! This episode contains the following tropes:
!!King Tropes Will Not Return:



* ThirstyDesert: the place where Embry finds himself. He collapses after being there for several hours.

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* ThirstyDesert: the place where Embry finds himself. He collapses after being there for several hours.hours.
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Captain James Embry awakens in the middle of a desert, his team's plane, the ''King Nine'', crashed nearby. The crew is nowhere to be found. Embry determines to find his crew and get them to safety. Unfortunately, he has no success and collapses. Then he wakes up in a hospital bed. The doctors pass the experience off as a guilt-induced dream. However, as the episode ends, one asks another how Embry got all that sand in his shoes.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning, she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in the wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day or any other day.

The World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber King Nine has crashed in the desert.
Captain James Embry awakens finds himself stranded, alone except for the wreckage and the mystery of what happened to his crew, all of whom have disappeared. The movement of the plane in the middle of a desert, wind and his team's plane, visions of the ''King Nine'', crashed nearby. The crew is nowhere missing men serve to be found. heighten Embry's disorientation.

Embry determines to find finds the grave of one of his crew crewmen and get them to safety. Unfortunately, he has no success sees, in the sky, Navy F9F Cougar (Blue Angels) jets, impossible for the time. He collapses in the sand, and collapses. Then we discover that he wakes up in is actually suffering hallucinations from a hospital bed. bed, 17 years after the crash.

Confident that Embry will recover, two doctors discuss that Embry's suffering has been triggered by a newspaper headline. The paper has reported the desert discovery of the long-lost King Nine, which had not returned to base from a mission during the war. Having come down with a fever just before he was to board the ill-fated flight, Embry had been replaced on the mission by another captain. Embry's sight of the headline has triggered survivor guilt, in which, we are to understand, he has imagined himself at the crash site.

The doctors pass the experience off as a guilt-induced dream. However, as the episode ends, one asks another how assure Embry got all that sand he has returned to the site only in his shoes.mind. A nurse, handling Embry's clothes for the doctors, discovers the shoes are mysteriously filled with sand.

->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Enigma buried in the sand, a question mark with broken wings that lies in silent grace as a marker in a desert shrine. Odd how the real consorts with the shadows, how the present fuses with the past. How does it happen? The question is on file in the silent desert. And the answer? The answer is waiting for us...in The Twilight Zone.


* SurvivorGuilt: the doctors say Embry has this as a result of ''King Nine'' crashing when (thanks to illness) he had to stay behind.

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* SurvivorGuilt: the doctors say Embry has this as a result of ''King Nine'' crashing when (thanks to illness) he had to stay behind.behind.
* ThirstyDesert: the place where Embry finds himself. He collapses after being there for several hours.

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