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* WomenAreWiser: Pat is far more skeptical of the fortune teller's supposed "powers" and repeatedly urges Don to stop obsessing over it. In the end, her persistence and wisdom get through to him and they escape. It's subverted with the woman in the couple at the end, who is just as trapped by superstition as her husband.


* NothingExcitingEverHappensAroundHere: Don offhandedly questions the seer if anything exciting happens in Ridgeview. Needless to say, a lot happens, more than he could possibly imagine...

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* NothingExcitingEverHappensAroundHere: NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Don offhandedly questions the seer if anything exciting happens in Ridgeview. Needless to say, a lot happens, more than he could possibly imagine...


* AnAesop: Don't let superstition control ''all'' aspects of your life.
* EverytownUSA: Ridgeview, Ohio is a quaint little village.

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* AnAesop: AnAesop:
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Don't let superstition control ''all'' aspects of your life.
** Fear is a very powerful thing, but only if you let it control you. You can make your own life on your own terms.
* EverytownUSA: EverytownAmerica: Aside from the weird Mystic Seer in the Busy Bee Cafe, Ridgeview, Ohio is a an otherwise quaint and friendly little village.American town.



* NothingExcitingEverHappensAroundHere: Don offhandedly questions the seer if anything exciting happens in Ridgeview. Needless to say, a lot happens, more than he could possibly imagine...



* TemptingFate: Don asks the seer if anything exciting happens in Ridgeview. Much more happens than he could ever possibly imagine.


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': 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.



When Don (Creator/WilliamShatner) and Pat Carter's (Patricia Breslin) 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 (with a devil's head) on the table that answers yes or no questions for a penny each. Don 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.

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When Don (Creator/WilliamShatner) and Pat Carter's (Patricia Breslin) 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 (with a devil's head) on the table that answers yes or no questions for a penny each. Don sarcastically asks the seer if anything exciting happens in Ridgeview. The response on the card reads...

'''"It Is quite possible"'''


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': 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.

Don 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.



->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence, having escaped one of the darker places of the Twilight Zone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence, having escaped one of the darker places of the Twilight Zone.
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* EverytownUSA: Ridgeview, Ohio is a quaint little village.



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----* TemptingFate: Don asks the seer if anything exciting happens in Ridgeview. Much more happens than he could ever possibly imagine.
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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence, having escaped one of the darker places of the Twilight Zone.


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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': 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.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': 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 the Twilight Zone.
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Air date: November 18, 1960



->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence, having escaped one of the darker places of The Twilight Zone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence, having escaped one of the darker places of The the Twilight Zone.


* LuckyRabbitsFoot: Don carries one with him at all times, as well as a FourLeafClover.



* ShadowArchetype: In the end, two other couples approach the fortune teller machine and ask it questions about whether they may leave the town. They are implied to be what could've happened if ''both'' Don and Pat were superstitious and had resigned themselves to the fortune teller.

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* ShadowArchetype: In the end, two other couples approach another couple approaches the fortune teller machine and ask it questions about whether they may leave the town. They are implied to be what could've happened if ''both'' Don and Pat were superstitious and had resigned themselves to the fortune teller.

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* ShadowArchetype: In the end, two other couples approach the fortune teller machine and ask it questions about whether they may leave the town. They are implied to be what could've happened if ''both'' Don and Pat were superstitious and had resigned themselves to the fortune teller.


* AnAesop: You are the master of your own life, and you shouldn't be afraid to face the future.

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* AnAesop: You are the master Don't let superstition control ''all'' aspects of your own life, and you shouldn't be afraid to face the future.life.

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* AnAesop: You are the master of your own life, and you shouldn't be afraid to face the future.


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: According to writer Creator/RichardMatheson, he left it ambiguous whether the fortune-teller is actually predicting events or whether Don is simply interpreting it that way.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: According to writer Creator/RichardMatheson, he left it ambiguous whether the fortune-teller is actually predicting events or whether Don is simply interpreting it that way. All of the following are possible: the machine accurately predicted the future as it was meant to, it was designed for/attempted to trap people (which would be a lot of trouble for a few pennies), its only ability was to make you think it made accurate predictions, or it was in fact an ordinary machine and the seemingly accurate predictions were a series of improbable coincidences.


When Don (Creator/WilliamShatner) and Pat Carter's (Patricia Breslin) 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 9with a devil's head) on the table that answers yes or no questions for a penny each. Don 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.

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When Don (Creator/WilliamShatner) and Pat Carter's (Patricia Breslin) 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 9with (with a devil's head) on the table that answers yes or no questions for a penny each. Don 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.


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: According to writer RichardMatheson, he left it ambiguous whether the fortune-teller is actually predicting events or whether Don is simply interpreting it that way.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: According to writer RichardMatheson, Creator/RichardMatheson, he left it ambiguous whether the fortune-teller is actually predicting events or whether Don is simply interpreting it that way.


When Don (Creator/WilliamShatner) and Pat Carter's (Patricia Breslin) 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 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.

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When Don (Creator/WilliamShatner) and Pat Carter's (Patricia Breslin) 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 9with a devil's head) on the table that answers yes or no questions for a penny each. Don 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.


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]], did you invite your crew to the wedding?
** Also, [[Series/{{Batman}} Chief O'Hara]] apparently used to be a mechanic.

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