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* {{Fainting}}: When Frisby punches one of the aliens in the face, the alien's human head is revealed to be a mask covering his true alien head. When he sees this, Frisby suffers an Emotional Faint and collapses. He wakes up five minutes before the aliens are scheduled to leave.

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* {{Fainting}}: FaintInShock: When Frisby punches one of the aliens in the face, the alien's human head is revealed to be a mask covering his true alien head. When he sees this, Frisby suffers an Emotional Faint and collapses. He wakes up five minutes before the aliens are scheduled to leave.

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* CowardlyLion: Frisby may not be as brave as his stories suggest, but he ''does'' try to punch out the aliens abducting him and, upon discovering their weakness to his harmonica music, actively fights them with it.


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* MilesGloriosus: Frisby builds himself up as an incredibly brave hero who takes on danger with ease. When he's put into a genuinely dangerous situation, though, he shows his cowardly colors and begs to be set free.


* YouHaveToBelieveMe: The ending of the episode has Frisby saying that, even though he's been a liar before, this time, he really ''is'' telling the truth. Naturally, his friends don't buy it for a second.

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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: The ending of the episode has Frisby saying that, even though he's been a liar before, this time, he really ''is'' telling his story about the truth.aliens and his harmonica saving him is the real deal. Naturally, his friends don't buy it for a second.


A man who tells tall tales about himself catches the attention of aliens.

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A man who tells tall tales Somerset Frisby, owner of the local general store and gas station in Pitchville Flats, is up to his favorite hobby--spinning elaborate yarns about his many accomplishments over the years while accompanying himself catches on the attention harmonica. Frisby has a story for every possible topic--he claims to have been a prime mover in politics and industry, a genius inventor, a decorated war hero, and an overall [[TheAce naturally brilliant person]] at [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue whatever he attempts to do]]. The townspeople treat Frisby's wild tales as just that--tales--and generally take his words with a laugh and a smile. However, a few mysterious men standing outside in the gas station are not smiling, and in fact seem to be up to some kind of aliens.
nefarious purpose.

The mysterious men enter the general store at closing time and insist that Frisby come with them. After a few unsuccessful bluffs, he reluctantly agrees...and discovers that the "men" have a gigantic spacecraft hidden away in the woods. They happily reveal themselves as aliens who [[TheCollector collect ideal specimens from across planets]]. The extraterrestrials explain that they've been observing Earth for a while to choose someone for their zoo, and have settled on Frisby--after all, according to his stories, he's the most accomplished, talented, and intelligent person on the whole globe. Frisby confesses that all of the things he has said are nothing but great big lies, but runs into a snag--these aliens [[CannotTellALie have no concept of "lies"]], instead simply believing that whatever someone says must be true. They assume that Frisby is simply being modest about his accomplishments and ignore his pleas. A frustrated Frisby rears back and punches one of the creatures-whose human disguise [[GlamourFailure cracks in two]], revealing an unsettling face beneath a mask. Frisby is so terrified that he faints dead away.

When Frisby comes to, he finds himself in a small room on the spaceship, which will be taking off in five minutes. He again begs to be let go, but the aliens refuse. Resigned to his fate, Frisby asks if he might have some music during the journey. When the extraterrestrials say no, he reaches into his pocket and produces his harmonica to calm himself down. To his shock, the sound from the instrument [[BrownNote causes the aliens immense pain]], and he quickly improvises a longer tune to overpower them. Frisby rushes out of the ship and back to the general store, where all of his friends have gathered to throw him a surprise birthday party. When they ask what he's been up to, he begins to describe his adventure...only for the group to declare it the best story he's ever told. The episode ends with Frisby frantically claiming that this time, he really ''is'' telling the truth, much to the amusement of his buddies.


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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Frisby loves this trope, claiming that he's advised presidents and fought in wars throughout his long life.


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* ConsummateLiar: A rare "positive" version. Somerset Frisby's ludicrous tall tales are packed with lies of all kinds. It's clear, though, that none of his friends or customers believe any of it; they're firmly aware that he's a liar and, since he's not hurting anyone, happily indulge him because the stories are so good.


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* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Once Frisby realizes that his harmonica playing can overpower the aliens, he immediately starts using it in a more aggressive manner.


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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Like "Mr. Bevis" and especially "Cavender is Coming," this episode of ''The Twilight Zone'' is largely a lighthearted comic romp. It helps that Frisby is played by Andy Devine, a gifted comedian and character actor.


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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: The ending of the episode has Frisby saying that, even though he's been a liar before, this time, he really ''is'' telling the truth. Naturally, his friends don't buy it for a second.


* {{Fainting}}: When Frisby punches one of the aliens in the face, the alien's human head is revealed to be a mask covering his true alien head. When he sees this, Frisby suffers an Emotional Faint and collapses. He wakes up five minutes before the aliens are scheduled to leave.



* {{Shopkeeper}}: Somerset is a humble general store and gas station owner in the small rural town of Pitchville Flats.

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* {{Shopkeeper}}: Somerset Frisby is a humble general store and gas station owner in the small rural town of Pitchville Flats.


* {{Shopkeeper}}: Somerset is a humble General Store and Gas Station owner in the small rural town of Pitchville Flats.

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* {{Shopkeeper}}: Somerset is a humble General Store general store and Gas Station gas station owner in the small rural town of Pitchville Flats.

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* BeQuietNudge: When the two aliens are talking to Frisby outside his store, one of them starts to ask Frisby a question and the alien in charge nudges him to shut him up. He incorrectly considers Frisby to be highly intelligent and doesn't want to take the risk of alerting him to their nefarious intentions.


!!This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

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* {{Shopkeeper}}: Somerset is a humble General Store and Gas Station owner in a small rural town

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* {{Shopkeeper}}: Somerset is a humble General Store and Gas Station owner in a the small rural towntown of Pitchville Flats.

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* {{Shopkeeper}}: Somerset is a humble General Store and Gas Station owner in a small rural town


* LatexPerfection: The aliens use masks which perfectly hide their true appearance. Frisby shatters one of them when he punches an alien in the face.

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* FlyingSaucer: The aliens arrive on Earth in a flying saucer.
* LatexPerfection: The aliens use masks which perfectly hide their true appearance. Frisby shatters one of them their leader's mask when he punches an alien him in the face.


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* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: The aliens' leader tells Frisby that they will be taking off in "fourteen minutes, by your measure of time."


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': The reluctant gentleman with the sizable mouth is Mr. Frisby. He has all the drive of a broken camshaft and the aggressive vinegar of a corpse. As you've no doubt gathered, his big stock in trade is the tall tale. Now, what he doesn't know is that the visitors out front are a very special breed, destined to change his life beyond anything even his fertile imagination could manufacture. The place is Pitchville Flats, the time is the present. But Mr. Frisby's on the first leg of a rather fanciful journey into the place we call the Twilight Zone.



* AlienAbduction: The aliens plan to bring Frisby back to their own planet as the most impressive specimen that humanity has to offer.
* ABirthdayNotABreak: Frisby is captured by aliens on his 63rd birthday.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The aliens have a [[UsefulNotes/{{Venus}} Venusian]] specimen who can sing at eight different pitches simultaneously and accompanies himself with his tail.



* ChekhovsGun: Near the beginning of the episode Frisby is playing his harmonica, and someone asks him to stop because of its poor sound. Near the end of the episode he plays it while he's being held prisoner by aliens, and the music acts as a "[[BrownNote death sound]]" on them.
* CrazyMemory: The episode concerns a man who tells outrageous lies to his friends about his past. It comes back to bite him when he's abducted by aliens who have no concept of lying. Fortunately, the one thing he's really good at - playing the harmonica - turns out to give them excruciating pain.
* TallTale: Frisby is a man who continually tells tall tales; Rod Serling even calls them his most common commodity. During the episode he's abducted by aliens (ironically, because they ''believe'' all his stories) and escapes, but when he tells his friends, they believe he is just CryingWolf. (Of course, the whole episode could be a tall tale... from Rod Serling's point of view.)

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* ChekhovsGun: Near the beginning of the episode episode, Frisby is playing his harmonica, and someone asks him to stop because of its poor sound. Near the end of the episode he plays it while he's being held prisoner by aliens, and the music acts as a "[[BrownNote death sound]]" on them.
* ChromosomeCasting: This episode has an all-male cast.
* CrazyMemory: The episode concerns a man Somerset Frisby, who tells outrageous lies to his friends about his past. It comes back to bite him when he's abducted by aliens who have no concept of lying. Fortunately, the one thing he's really good at - playing the harmonica - turns out to give them excruciating pain.
* LatexPerfection: The aliens use masks which perfectly hide their true appearance. Frisby shatters one of them when he punches an alien in the face.
* TallTale: Frisby is a man who continually tells tall tales; Rod Serling even calls them his most common commodity. During the episode he's abducted by aliens (ironically, because they ''believe'' all his stories) and escapes, but when he tells his friends, they believe he is just CryingWolf. (Of course, the whole episode could be a tall tale... from Rod Serling's point of view.))
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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Mr. Somerset Frisby, who might have profited by reading an Aesop fable about a boy who cried wolf. Tonight's tall tale from the timberlands of the Twilight Zone.

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* ChekhovsGun: Near the beginning of the episode Frisby is playing his harmonica, and someone asks him to stop because of its poor sound. Near the end of the episode he plays it while he's being held prisoner by aliens, and the music acts as a "[[BrownNote death sound]]" on them.


* BrownNote: The sound of harmonica music paralyzes the aliens with extreme pain.



* CrazyMemory: The episode concerns a man who tells outrageous lies to his friends about his past. It comes back to bite him when he's abducted by aliens who have no concept of lying. Fortunately, the one thing he's really good at - playing the harmonica - turns out to give them excruciating pain.

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* CrazyMemory: The episode concerns a man who tells outrageous lies to his friends about his past. It comes back to bite him when he's abducted by aliens who have no concept of lying. Fortunately, the one thing he's really good at - playing the harmonica - turns out to give them excruciating pain.pain.
* TallTale: Frisby is a man who continually tells tall tales; Rod Serling even calls them his most common commodity. During the episode he's abducted by aliens (ironically, because they ''believe'' all his stories) and escapes, but when he tells his friends, they believe he is just CryingWolf. (Of course, the whole episode could be a tall tale... from Rod Serling's point of view.)

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