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Recap / The Twilight Zone 1985 S 1 E 14

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Still Life

A photographer (Robert Carradine) finds an old camera with images from a lost expedition.

The Little People of Killany Woods

The town drunk (Hamilton Camp) claims he met little people in the woods.

The Misfortune Cookie

A food critic (Elliott Gould) receives fortune cookie messages that come true.

     The Misfortune Cookie 
  • Caustic Critic: Harry Folger. He only gives his seal of approval to the finest restaurants who cater to his taste. Otherwise he'll give a scathing review. Often, he'll take a matchbox from whatever restaurant he gives bad reviews, and use them as a mini-tombstone for the doomed restaurant.
  • Everybody Has Standards: Harry's co-worker is appalled that the former is going to give Wong's Chinese Cuisine a bad review before he's even visited or tried the food there.
  • Exact Words: Harry's second fortune claims "April arrives, bringing romance", despite that it's September. But not long after he gets the fortune, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman. A woman named "April Hamilton".
  • Ironic Echo: Harry has a habit of collecting matchbooks of the restaurants his bad reviews put out of business and using them as tiny tombstones. At the end of the story, there's a matchbox in the tiny "cemetery" that reads his name.
  • I Warned You: Wong tried to tell Harry that asking for more than one "Special Fortune Cookie" was a bad idea. When Harry is livid at Wong because his latest fortune said "You will die", Wong's response is "You only get the fortune you deserve".
  • Misfortune Cookie: You don't say!
  • Picky Eater: The very instant Wong brings him piping hot plates of Chinese food, Harry asks for the check without touching even one bite of food.
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