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Recap / The Twilight Zone 1985 S 1 E 13 Night Of The Meek But Can She Type The Star

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Night of the Meek

A drunk Mall Santa (Richard Mulligan) discovers a bag that produces any present asked of it.

But Can She Type?

An overworked, underappreciated secretary (Pam Dawber) enters a parallel world where secretaries are treated like celebrities.

The Star

On a space exploration, a doctor (Donald Moffat) and a priest (Fritz Weaver) discover a long dead world that had been emitting a signal for eons.

     Night Of The Meek 
  • Adaptation Deviation: The remake makes the magic far less ambiguous, as the receipts literally vanish from Mr. Dundee's hand.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Corwin is delighted to find out how Santa went up chimney, then shouting "Merry Christmas! Ho, ho, ho!"

     But Can She Type? 
  • Bullying the Dragon: Of sorts. Karen is such a skilled secretary that the company rides on her working there. So her boss berating her as an "empty-headed bimbo" isn't exactly his brightest idea.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After being demeaned for being a secretary, Karen can finally live in a world where her work means something.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Karen was somewhat considering working for a different business than her own (even one in an alternate dimension). Her boss demeaning her (and all secretaries in general) as "empty-headed bimbos" was what convinced her.
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    The Star 
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: The episode seems to exchange nova with supernova.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The civilization that enjoyed 1,000 years of peace left a poem stating it was Worth It even though they perished from their star going nova.
    Mourn not for us — for we have seen the light. Have looked on beauty. Have lived in peace and love. Grieve but for those who go alone, unwise, to die in darkness and never see the sun.
  • Left the Background Music On: The music from the cube becomes the soundtrack.
  • Ragnarok Proof: The pylon was designed to withstand the blast of a supernova or nova.


"What do you get the woman who has everything, but respect? Ask Karen Billings, recipient of a very unusual and definitely non-returnable present. Because this year, for Christmas, Karen Billings received...the Twilight Zone."

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