- Rod Serling: A brief if frenetic introduction to Mr. Archibald Beechcroft. A child of the 20th Century, a product of the population explosion, and one of the inheritors of the legacy of progress. Mr. Beechcroft again, this time Act Two of his daily battle for survival, and in just a moment our hero will begin his personal one-man rebellion against the mechanics of his age, and to do so he will enlist certain aides available only in the Twilight Zone.
Air date: May 12, 1961
Misanthropic, grouchy Archibald Beechcroft discovers a way to rid the world of everything that annoys him with a book called The Mind and The Matter.
The Mind and the Tropes:
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: At first Beechcroft revels in the solitude, but he soon realizes that. while less irritating, it's also a lot more boring.
- Jerkass: Archibald Beechcroft is a milder version than most tropes as he's not malicious, but his low patience and rudeness qualifies him as such.
- Me's a Crowd: Duplicating yourself did not seem as enjoyable as it sounded, did it, Beechcroft?
- No Social Skills: Beechcroft, though he doesn't care much.
- Not So Different: When Archibald Beechcroft replaces everyone in the world with copies of him, he discovers that these people are just as annoying as the ones he had replaced.
- Reality Warper: Beechcroft develops the ability to manipulate reality after reading the occult book The Mind and the Matter. He uses his newfound powers to make everyone disappear as he is an misanthrope who hates people. After he gets bored on his own, he causes an earthquake and then creates an electrical storm. Beechcroft eventually hits on the idea of creating a world full of Archibald Beechcrofts but he quickly discovers that a lot of him is as bad as a lot of everyone else.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the end, Beechcroft is a lot more understanding of people's faults as well as his own.
- Rod Serling: Mr. Archibald Beechcroft, a child of the 20th Century, who has found out through trial and error and mostly error that with all its faults, it may well be that this is the best of all possible worlds. People notwithstanding, it has much to offer. Tonight's case in point in the Twilight Zone.